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Tag Archive for ‘Middle East’

Monday 30 July

Jeremiah 13:1-11; Canticle Deuteronomy 32:18-21; Matthew 13:31-35 Change my heart O God We can see another example of Jesus' familiarity with his environment when he took a plant growing in his area as a simile of the Kingdom of Heaven. The tiny seed of the species of mustard in the Middle East can develop into […]

Friday 10 July

Genesis 46:1-7,28-30, Psalm 37, Matthew 10:16-23 Wise as serpents, gentle as doves When Jesus sent out the twelve, he used four images that aptly described their mission. They would be sheep among wolves. Sheep were considered innocent, and they were sacrificial animals. In the Middle East, snakes were the symbols of wisdom and healing – […]

Saturday 28 December

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs 1 John 1:5-2:2, Ps 123:2-5, 7-8, Matthew 2:13-18 The holy refugees The Holy Family were refugees. In today’s world they would be living in an overcrowded refugee camp somewhere in the Middle East or Africa, along with 4.5 million other refugees – the highest number in history. New Zealand, an under-populated […]