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Tag Archive for ‘ministry’

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. […]

Saturday 1 July

TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Genesis 18:1–15; Magnificat, Luke 1:46 – 55; Matthew 8:5–17 Jesus’ healing ministry Matthew 8–9 tells of nine miracles. Jesus’ compassionate ministry of healing fulfils the burden-bearing role of the Servant of Isaiah 53:4: ‘He takes our infirmities and bore our diseases.’ Jesus heals the Gentile centurion’s servant from a distance […]

Saturday 27 May

Acts 18:23-28; Psalm 47; John 16:23-28 Go you are sent forth When we first met the married couple Aquila and Priscilla, they had been forced to leave Rome because of persecution and live in the Greek city of Corinth. While working with Paul making tents, their faith was strengthened, and in today's reading we find […]

Wednesday 29 March

Isaiah 49:8-15; Psalm 145; John 5:17-30 God’s love ‘Can a woman forget the baby at her breast?’ (Isaiah 49:15). We cannot comprehend a love greater than that of a mother for her baby. Yet we know that God’s love is even greater. To be loved is our greatest human need. Human love, with all its […]

Wednesday 15 March

Jeremiah 18:18-20; Psalm 31; Matthew 20:17-28 Ministries of service The same theme of ‘service’ in today’s Gospel, but here it is more about status and exercise of power within the community of the disciples, which for us today means within the Church. All who exercise Church ministries are to be servants – slaves even – […]

Fr Patrick John Kinsella sm

Born in Feilding, 26 June 1927 Professed 2 February 1948 Ordained 26 July 1952 Died at Silverstream, 2 December 2016 Thanks to Fr Christopher Martin sm, for this edited version of his eulogy. I have long respected Paddy as a tuakana, an elder brother, as a Marist confrere but most especially as a friend. Over […]

Wednesday 1 February

Week 4 in Ordinary Time Hebrews 12:4-7,11-15; Psalm 103; Mark 6:1-6 Leaving home There is a sadness and an excitement when it is time for one of the family to leave home for a new college or a new career or a new life experience. It is sad because family life is left behind. It […]

Tuesday 18 October

St Luke, Evangelist Timothy 4:10-17, Ps.145, Luke 10:1-9 The faithful servant Little is known about St Luke. In Colossians, Paul writes that Luke is a doctor, and that is probably true, considering the compassionate awareness in the gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. In these two books, Luke wrote a full account […]