A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tag Archive for ‘mercy’

Monday 4 February

Hebrews 11:32-40; Psalm 31; Mark 5:1-20 The wonders of God’s love The horde of demons that inhabited the Gerasene demoniac were no match for the power of God’s love in Christ. Those who witnessed the exorcism and its aftermath were afraid and amazed, and asked our Lord to go away. The man who had been […]

Thursday 31 January

ST JOHN BOSCO Hebrews 10:19-25; Psalm 23 (24):1-6; Mark 4:21-25 The Lamp It takes one small candle to break the deepest darkness. God wants us to shine in the darkness so people can see convincing signs of hope, love, justice and mercy with their own eyes. If God asks this of us, he will give […]

Wednesday 30 January

Hebrews 10:11-18; Psalm 109 (110):1-4; Mark 4:1-20 The Seed The seed continues to be sown today. Our hearts are the soil that receives the seed of God’s word of love and mercy. Soil can be good, bad or indifferent. But soil can be improved: stones can be cleared, weeds removed, compost dug in, fences erected. […]

Tuesday 22 January

Hebrews 6:10-20; Psalm 110 (111):1-2, 4-5, 9, 10; Mark 2:23-28 Hope Hope is a gift from God. It sustains us in confusion and apparent failure. It calls us forward when we are weary and despondent. When we trust we are freed to love. Hope is indeed the anchor of the soul, and the stormy waves […]

Monday 24 December

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Psalm 88 (89):2-5, 27, 29; Luke 1:67-79 God visiting us The prayer of Spirit-filled Zachariah, known as the Benedictus, begins and ends with God ‘visiting’ the people (1:68, 78). Reference to God visiting can imply judgement, but not here. Dawn and light will come ‘by the tender mercy of […]

Friday 7 December

St. Ambrose Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 26 (27):1, 4, 13-14; Matthew 9:27-31 A transforming action Matthew’s cycle of healing stories (Chapters 8-9) climax with the healing of two blind men. Their crying, ‘Have mercy on us,’ is not a call for pity or about a healing only. It is about transforming action which opens up a […]

Thursday 8 November

Philippians 3:3-8; Ps 105; Luke 15:1-10 Boxing We need to be careful that we don’t box God up in our biases. When we can be so easy to judge – we need to ask are we as quick to forgive? God’s mercy breaks through our human biases of how God should act towards sinners. So […]

Friday 21 September

St Matthew Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Psalm 19A; Matthew 9:9-13 Rapid response Matthew’s call by Jesus to discipleship reassures us. Jesus calls people from many different walks of life. Matthew, a tax collector, like a number of groups in the society of the time, was marginalised. Jesus reached out to include them in the Kingdom. Jesus […]

Thursday 13 September

St John Chrysostom 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13; Psalm 139; Luke 6:27-38 Generous mercy Even a great saint would be the first to say that God is a God of surprises and that we can never say that we know all there is to know about God. What our Gospel wants to make sure that we […]

Friday 20 July

Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22,7-8; Canticle Isaiah 38:10, 11,12a-d, 16; Matthew 12:1-8 Mercy not sacrifice Today we see Jesus showing understanding and compassion for his disciples who are hungry. However the Pharisees could not stop themselves from applying the letter of the law and finding fault. Jesus reminded his followers that they should be motivated by mercy […]