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Tag Archive for ‘mystery’

Tuesday 10 May

Acts 11:19-26; Psalm 87; John 10:22-30 Sitting with mystery The setting and timing of Jesus Christ’s declaration of unity with his Father seem important. Listening to the gospel today is always going to sound odd to those who are not inclined to spend time contemplating Christ’s mystery. If I find these readings of St. John […]

Tuesday 3 May

Sts. Philip and James, Apostles 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Psalm 19:3-8,17,21; John 14:6-14 Contemplating the mystery Jesus says he is in the Father and the Father is in him. Philip cannot quite ‘get’ this. He wants the sort of satisfaction that leaves no room for doubt in discipleship. It is like this for us today. We […]

Wednesday 2 June

Tobit 3:1-11, 16-17; Ps 25; Mark 12:18-27 Life is the mystery It is commonly said that death is a mystery. But rather, it is life that is the profound and inexplicable mystery. Death is just a facet of life. What a mysterious thing it is to be alive. To be conscious. To know and be […]

Sunday 24 November

Christ the King 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 The mystery of faith The painful humiliation of Jesus is there for everyone to see. The mocking of the Jewish leaders, the insults of the soldiers, even the jeering of the thief alongside him. All this only adds to his excruciating agony on […]

Friday 22 November

St Cecilia [M] 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59; 1 Chronicles 29:10-12; Luke 19:45-48 Let our hearts sing! Though not much is known about St Cecilia, she has long been associated with music and song. There is something intensely human about music and song. The plaintive tones of a mourning soloist console us. The joy and praise […]

Thursday 14 November

Wisdom 7:22-8: I; Psalm 119N; Luke17:20-25 The mystery of the Kingdom Do we realize the significance of what we already have, the experiences we cherish? Can we see the extraordinary hidden in the ordinary? This is the challenge Jesus sets before us today. There is much that is wrong and disappointing in our world. But […]

Monday 29 April

St Catherine of Siena Acts 4: 23-31; Psalm 2; John 3:1-8 Imagine The Easter season re-orientates our way of seeing in our world. We are invited to taste the imagination of God, to see risen life in a crucified body, forgiveness in open wounds; and to be so interiorly re-orientated that we are, in fact, […]

Friday 26 April

Acts 4:1-12; Psalm 118; John 21:1-14 It is the Lord Our life of prayer prepares our hearts to be sensitive to the presence of God in our midst. In today’s gospel, Jesus stands unrecognised on the shore. The signs of abundant fish, breaking nets and the taking and giving of bread, enable recognition. Jesus stands […]

Tuesday 23 April

Acts 2:36-41; Psalm 33; John 20:11-18 Do not cling to me Mary wants to hold on to him; she loves him so much and will do all she can to never lose him again. Jesus invites her to the more generous reality. Actually, to know beyond all other knowing, that all is gift. We don’t […]

Friday 12 April

Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18; John 10:31-42 The Father in me and I in the Father Silence can be a sheer gift. To be able to realise that beyond all that I can say about myself there is always more. Much more. Jesus knows that the Father is in him and that he is in the […]