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Tag Archive for ‘ministry’

Wednesday 17 July

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:25-27 Nuturing ministry In this beautiful gospel text we find an echo of Matthew’s first beatitude: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…’ Jesus seeks out the humble of heart, the poor, and the simple, those who know their need of God. These […]

Tuesday 16 July

Exodus 2:1-15; Psalm 69; Matthew 11:20-24 Gratitude At times, it can be relatively easy to look upon the ministry of Jesus as a success and to judge our own sharing in his ministry in those terms. It’s much harder to look upon his times of total exasperation at the fickleness of the crowd. If we […]

Thursday 11 July

St Benedict, abbot Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29, 45:1-5; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:7-15 Signs and wonders The apostles are called to proclaim the kingdom of God and to do so freely. The Acts of the Apostles gives a rich picture of both what this entailed and how the apostles built up their fledgling churches through generous and […]

Wednesday 10 July

Genesis 41:55-57, 42:5-7, 17-24; Psalm 33; Matthew 10:1-7 Ministry The actual details of the call of the twelve apostles are missing in Matthew’s gospel. What we do know is that they are to share intimately in the mission and ministry of Jesus through powers of healing and the gift of preaching the gospel. Their call […]

Tuesday 9 July

Genesis 32:23-33; Psalm 17; Matthew 9:32-38 Discipleship Throughout Aotearoa New Zealand we witness the changing shape of the Body of Christ, not only through our welcome to migrants and first generation New Zealanders, but also as different communities change and grow in their understanding of discipleship. A rich concept of collaboration and partnership in ministry […]

A School for Prayer (23)

Spiritual Guidance (2 of 5) The ancient tradition of the spiritual life By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 The ‘Abba’ in the Desert Tradition From the beginning, the ministry of spiritual accompaniment or guidance belonged not to the hierarchic organization of the Church, but to the prophetic or “charismatic” part of the Church. […]

In My Prison Ministry There Are No Criminals

I have not been more passionate about any other ministry in my many years working in five countries than this walking with unaccompanied minors, aged 11 to 17, from Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador and now, Nicaragua. I am surprised what swirls up from deep within me and only recently have I gained a clue as to […]

Thursday 7 February

ST PAUL MIKI & COMPANIONS, MARTYRS Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24; Psalm 48; Mark 6:7-13 Pondering God’s love The disciples that Jesus sent out preached ‘repentance; and they cast out many devils’, and cured many who were ill. Their ministry made God’s love for God’s people evident, made that love real and concrete and practical. They took […]

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 […]

Monday 11 June

St Barnabas, Apostle Acts 11:21-26; 13:1-3, Psalm 98, Matthew 10:7-13 Answering Jesus’ call Jesus sends his disciples out on a mission to heal without expectation of payment. He places further restrictions concerning what they may take with them – no money, no extra clothing. It is enough that they be given food for their work. […]