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Mary is taken up to heaven …

Manihiki is a coral atoll almost 1,300 km north of Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands. It has two villages, Tukao and Tauhunu. The Solemnity of the Assumption is celebrated each year with nothing short of great gusto in one or other of the villages. If there is a priest available, the Eucharist is […]

Thursday 30 May

Acts 18:1-8; Psalm 98; John 16:16-20 Evangelising the world Jesus’ followers were puzzled by the many references to time away. “A little time”, and “going away”. He was preparing them for when he returned to heaven. Their real work would then begin. To evangelise the world. They had received three years of intense training from […]

Tuesday 28 May

Acts 16:22-34; Psalm 138; John 16:5-11 Darkness into light When everything seems darkest, God shows his hand. Paul and Silas had been stripped, flogged, shackled, imprisoned. They prayed and sang hymns. They were alone. No earthly help was forthcoming. A massive earthquake wrecked the prison. The warder was converted, and his family. He took them […]

Saturday 20 April

Easter Vigil Genesis 1:1-2:2; Psalm 118; Romans 6:3-11; Luke 24:1-12 They remembered his words… This day begins in the barrenness of a cold and empty grave. The trauma is raw and the hopelessness pulsates. We reach the end of the possible, and it is now, as it is always, entirely over to God. In the […]

Wednesday 20 March

Jeremiah 18:18-20; Psalm 31; Matthew 20:17-28 A servant of all Jealousy and pride can easily creep into our lives and undermine the good intentions we have. The mother of Zebedee’s sons was wanting honour and status for them in the kingdom of heaven. But she misunderstood what this kingdom is about. It is a place […]

A Silver Lining to a Cloud of Grief

The pragmatic lens through which an adolescent boy looks is very narrow and has room only for himself. The pragmatic lens through which a mature adult man looks can incorporate the idea of doing things for others. — Celia Lashlie,He’ll Be OK, Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men They say when one door closes, another […]

Tuesday 29 January

Hebrews 10:1-10; Psalms 39 (40):2, 4, 7-8, 10, 11; Mark 3:31-35 Family My brother and sister and mother. When we have faith in Jesus and follow him and do the will of the Father, there is a bond between us and Jesus. Such a bond is so close and intimate that family take second place. […]

Saturday 29 December

1 John 2:3-11; Psalm 95 (96):1-3, 5-6; Luke 2:22-35 To recognise Jesus When Hannah brought Samuel to the sanctuary of the temple to present him to God, she was greeted by the aged Eli. So, too, when his faithful Jewish parents present Jesus there, they are greeted by the aged Simeon and Anna. Guided by […]

The Afterlife

The limits of human knowledge On my computer I have images of galaxies in deep space captured by the Hubble telescope in its orbit around the earth. I’m stunned by their beauty and complexity. Even more than that I’m amazed that only 5% of our universe is accessible to us; according to astrophysicists about 95% […]

Saturday 13 October

Galatians 3:22-29; Psalm 105; Luke 11:27-28 Hearing the Word and Keeping It Jesus is not an easy person to praise. The woman who calls out in today’s Gospel is implicitly acknowledging how good he is, by praising his mother – and in the culture of the time (as today) that is very high praise indeed. […]