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Tag Archive for ‘mercy’

Monday 14 October

Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 98; Luke 11:29-32 Jesus, the sign of Jonah In the Old Testament, Jonah preached to the Assyrians of Nineveh; and the Queen of Sheba visited Jerusalem to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. The pagan Assyrians repented and were saved. The pagan Queen was entranced by the graced wisdom of Solomon. Jesus […]

The Role of Law in the Catholic Church

A sanctuary in the city Just a few kilometres from central Wellington is an extraordinary sanctuary – Zealandia – where dozens of endangered New Zealand species thrive. What makes it a sanctuary is the mesh fence that surrounds it, bending sharply outwards at the top and sitting deeply under the ground to keep out climbing […]

Wednesday 21 August

St Pius X (m) Judges 9:6-15; Psalm 21; Matthew 20:1-16 Exposing our holy veneer This parable strips off our veneer of holiness, exposing our hidden jealousy and anger that God would flout our internalised justice. God’s radical mercy shocks us. Something screams at the idea that God is in total control and astonishingly chooses to […]

Wednesday 14 August

St Maximilian Kolbe (m) Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 66; Matthew 18:15-20 The gift of reconciliation Seeking reconciliation rather than engaging in destructive gossip, resentment, revenge or hatred is designed to bring healing and harmony. Sometimes, however, perpetrators are unwilling or unable to accept responsibility and true reconciliation with them is impossible; then Jesus advises distance. We […]

Saturday 3 August

St Dominic (M) Leviticus 25:1, 8-17; Psalm 69; Matthew 14:1-12 Jubilee mercy Leviticus prescribes a Jubilee every fiftieth year. Slaves and prisoners are freed, debts forgiven, crops and lands rested, and the mercies of God lived out. We constantly debate climate, war and mass migration, while God’s wisdom calls for respite for the earth, personal […]

Thursday 1 August

St Alphonsus Liguori (M) Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38; Psalm 84; Matthew 13:47-53 God’s revelation as treasure Today’s readings reveal the investment God wants in our everyday lives. Moses follows instructions to build the tabernacle. God’s glory is so immense that none could enter the tent of meeting, yet the same God had a ‘mercy’ seat built […]

Friday 19 July

Exodus 11:10-12:14; Psalm 116:12-18; Matthew 12:1-8 Mercy “Mercy is what I want and not sacrifice…” We cannot earn the mercy of God – it is pure gift. Often we think if we work hard and keep all the rules then Jesus will show us his mercy whereas Jesus gives mercy to everyone freely and lavishly. […]

Thursday 2 May

St Athanasius Acts 5:27-33; Psalm 34; John 3:31-36 A better world Today's message, that we must obey God, rather than any human authority, is clear. So much legislation, and local body by-laws proposed for public discussion, are dubious. Abortion, euthanasia, liberal drug use – are some proposals. What does God want for his people? We […]

The Problem of Sin and God

Is sin a problem for God? NO!  No, sin is not a problem to God in the sense that He cannot cope with it, cannot overcome the difficulty that sin presents – not to Him but to us, the ones who sin. Even the Old Testament recognised that God could and did deal very effectively […]

Saturday 30 March

Hosea 5:15-6:6; Psalm 51; Luke 18:9-14. Being humble Pride can take many forms, from being conceited and judgemental to denying our own weaknesses and mistakes. An honest and balanced humility, on the other hand, involves having a realistic understanding of who we are before God. We are people who have weaknesses but are loved by […]