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Saturday 8 September

Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 13; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 Saying yes to God Mary’s whole life is a perfect example of an Israelite who hears the word of God and responds to that word. We heard that dramatically in our Gospel. To be able to say “yes”, she must […]

Wednesday 15 August

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Patronal Feast for Aotearoa, New Zealand Apoc 11:19;12:1-6,10; Psalm 45B; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 The call to set out Mary the young, pregnant unmarried woman. Mary the Visitor. Mary the life giver. Mary the lover. Mary the first disciple. Mary the faithful one. Mary the refugee. Mary the […]

Wednesday 25 July

St James, Apostle 2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalm 126; Matthew 20:20-28 You are My disciple What a wonderful example of how to deal with difficult people Jesus gives us today in Matthew's gospel! When the sons of Zebedee wanting preferential treatment, get their mother to ask on their behalf, Jesus calls them to himself. He brings […]

Can You Bear It?

A hundred-year-old opal miner died recently in Coober Pedy. He was asked on his last birthday earlier this year his secret to longevity and he said that for the past 50 years he has sprinkled a little gunpowder on his Weetbix each morning. He left behind 8 children, 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and a five […]

Tuesday 23 January

2 Samuel 6:12-15, 17-19; Psalm 24; Mark 3:31-35 Who are my mother and brothers? Jesus’ mother and brothers are outside waiting for him. Jesus does not exclude his mother and brothers, but adds to his family “those who do the will of God.” The good news is that we are part of Jesus’ new family. […]

Saturday 20 January

2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 17, 19, 23-27; Psalm 80; Mark 3:20-21 A worry for Jesus’ relatives He is creating a fuss isn’t he? Jesus has selected twelve apostles and now everybody is thronging around him. Such was the chaos that even his family was seriously concerned. His relatives describe him as “out of his mind,” […]

Wednesday 22 November

St Cecilia 2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31; Psalm 17; Luke 19:11-28 A mother’s example There’s grim reading in the extract today from 2 Maccabees. A mother and seven sons are put to death for not reneging on their Jewish faith. The mother is a tower of strength, encouraging each son to stand firm. She reminds each […]

Saturday 14 October

Joel 4:12-21; Psalm 97; Luke 11:27-28 Blessedness Jesus deepens our understanding of blessedness. The mother of Jesus calls each of us to blessedness by both hearing the word of God, pondering this word in our hearts and then living this word with all that we are. Blessedness isn’t inherited but personally lived out amidst our […]

Wednesday 11 October

Jonah 4: 1-11; Psalm 86; Luke 11:1-4 Prayer Prayer is really our primary speech, the most real communication we have. We learn to pray not by instruction so much as seeing others pray and then having a go ourselves. One of my earliest memories of prayer is seeing my mother pray, kneeling by their bed. […]

Wednesday 23 August

Judges 9:6-15; Psalm 21; Matthew 20:1-16 In praise of generosity Today, my mother would have celebrated her 107th birthday. She died aged 89, and had been my mother for 58 years. Mothers make many sacrifices for their children. Hours and cost are not part of their reckoning. Families are the Lord’s favourite vineyards, with a […]