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Tag Archive for ‘peace’

Thursday 3 October

Nehemiah 8:1-12; Psalm 19:1-7; Luke 10:1-12 Ask the Lord of the harvest Jesus sent 72 labourers ahead in pairs to announce his coming to their villages and homes. Jesus instructed them to depend completely on the local people for their needs. He commissioned them to offer God’s peace, to heal the sick and announce that […]

Tuesday 1 October

26th Week in Ordinary Time St Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin & Doctor (M) Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 131; Matthew 18:1-5 In silence and peace St Thérèse Martin’s reputation goes before her. Born in 1873, at 15 she left her parents and two brothers to join her three sisters in the Carmelite Convent at Lisieux. […]

Tuesday 3 September

SAINT GREGORY THE GREAT (M) 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11; Psalm 27; Luke 4:31-37 Whom shall I fear? Psalm 27 is a beautiful song of confidence in God in the midst of seeming chaos, danger and hostility. Many people in our world are literally facing all these evils. Our own suffering is often inward yet very […]

Thursday 29 August

Passion of St John the Baptist (M) Jeremiah 1:17-19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29 Sin seeks company. Herodias felt threatened because John preached repentance and accused her of adultery. Instead of repenting, Herodias plotted John’s death, manipulating her daughter so that Herod killed John to save face. Sin seeks company. It wants to draw others into […]

Saturday 3 August

St Dominic (M) Leviticus 25:1, 8-17; Psalm 69; Matthew 14:1-12 Jubilee mercy Leviticus prescribes a Jubilee every fiftieth year. Slaves and prisoners are freed, debts forgiven, crops and lands rested, and the mercies of God lived out. We constantly debate climate, war and mass migration, while God’s wisdom calls for respite for the earth, personal […]

Tuesday 2 July

Genesis 19:15-29; Psalm 26; Matthew 8:23-27 Out of control There are times when we seem out of control in our journey of faith – with financial or family worries, employment or pressing deadlines, repeated changes in our local faith communities and parishes, all these and more become like the winter storms dancing upon the roof […]

Friday 14 June

2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalm 116:10-11, 15-18; Matthew 5:27-32 Embracing our humanity Sin, failure, shame and guilt are part of the human condition and of our human experience. They invade our sense of self worth and disturb our peace of heart. Sometimes, we deal with them by denial, sometimes by self flagellation. Jesus meets the sinner […]

When My Comfort Zones Fail

It’s never easy having to move out of a place, a personal space, a routine, a rhythm that has for some time given us some security and peace of mind. Letting go of our comfort zones can be simple enough and not of major importance. For example, when our holidays finish and we have to […]

Tuesday 21 May

Acts 14: 19-28; Psalm 145; John 14:27-31 My peace I give Love and peace will rule. In the first reading, the apostles have begun to spread the word to the gentiles. The Jewish hierarchy is jealous and violent. So, the message is taken to those willing to listen. In the second reading Jesus advises his […]

Monday 13 May

Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 42; John 10:1-10 Leading us A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. Today there are many shepherds and many flocks. Which flock is ours? A shepherd leading us to worldly fame, dollars galore, control of the media? All these other shepherds are plausible, charismatic, ego-building. Our true shepherd leads […]