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Tag Archive for ‘Ordinary Time’

Sunday 22 January

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 8: 23-9:3; Psalm 27: 1, 4, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 1: 10-13, 17; Matthew 4: 12-23 Light of the World Living among the hills and valleys of our land we appreciate the pattern of light and shade that plays over our days. The seasons give us the long dark nights […]

Sunday 15 January

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; Psalm 40: 2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 1: 1-3; John 1: 29-34 Here I am We are invited through today’s readings to be open and listening to God’s voice; we are called to be willing to do what God is asking of us. Jesus was willing to […]

Tuesday 10 January

First Week in Ordinary Time Anniversary of First Mass in Aotearoa Hebrews 2:5-12; Psalm 8: 2ab, 5-9; Mark 1:21-28 Human dignity When we are tempted to self-doubt and to feeling hopeless, praying with today’s psalm may restore us. As insignificant and tiny as we may feel we are compared to the magnificence and vastness of […]

Sunday 13 November

Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time Malachi 3:19-20; Ps 98:5-9; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19. Live in the now Our readings throughout November have an eschatological theme. Eschatology is the study of end times. It links us directly into the Advent journey that we will enter in a couple of weeks time with its theme […]

Sunday 30 October

Thirty First Week of Ordinary Time Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; 2Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19:1-10 Seeing Jesus Zaccheus is a counterbalance to the previous chapter’s respectable, controlling Rich Young Man whose wealth blocks him from following Jesus (‘What must I do?’). Zacchaeus is also rich – but despised by his community. His physical limitation […]

Sunday 23 October

Thirtieth Week of Ordinary Time Sirach 35:12-14, 16-19; Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23; 2Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14 Lord have mercy They say that the Mass is a celebration. So wouldn’t you expect to begin with a cheery greeting, a glass of fizz and a feel-good story? Instead, straight in, we ‘call to mind our sins.’ […]

Sunday 16 October

Twenty Ninth Week of Ordinary Time Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-8; 2Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8 The judge and the widow The Greek translates, ‘lest she give me a black eye’. Figuratively it would mean, ‘lest she besmirch my reputation.’ Yet we know he does not care about public opinion. The story is potentially comic: perhaps a […]

Sunday 9 October

Twenty Eighth Week of Ordinary Time 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1-4; 2Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Ten Lepers This story (Ten Lepers) is sometimes told to children as a teaching text to say ‘thank you’ (and while we are at it, to say ‘please’). However, thanking people is hardly a biblical practice. This is the only […]

Sunday 2 October

Twenty Seventh Week of Ordinary Time Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; 2Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10 Mustard seed The apostles ask for greater faith. Curiously, the key is not great faith but faith in the great God. Even if their faith were only the ‘size’ of a mustard seed (and it is implied […]

Sunday 28 August

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Ecclesiasticus 3: 17-20,28-29; Psalm 68: 4-7, 10-11; Hebrews 12: 18-19,22-24; Luke 14: 1-14 Invite the poor Our practical love of the poor is a good standard by which to evaluate our spiritual health. Who are the poor that I can help? What have I got to share? How free am […]