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Tag Archive for ‘peace’

Thursday 25 April

Anzac Day Acts 3:11 -26; Psalm 8; Luke 24:35-48 They were amazed We all remember those who have died in war and those who go on suffering grief in the years that follow. In considering the places of ongoing conflict in our world, we need again and again to hear these words of Jesus, “Peace […]

Tuesday 19 February

Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10; Psalm 29; Mark 8:14-21 Minds, eyes and ears open? The first reading tells us that the wickedness the Lord saw in people’s hearts caused him to grieve. The Gospel reading suggests that their sinfulness was the product of minds and memories closed to God’s goodness in the past; of blindness to […]

Wednesday 6 February

Waitangi Day Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15; Psalm 103; Mark 6:1-6 Peace with all people On this Waitangi Day, may we take to heart and put into practice in our lives the prayer that we will pray at Mass: Almighty and ever-living God, to whom every human power is subject, and under whose governance the design for […]

Monday 7 January

1 John 3:22-4:6; Psalm 2:7-8, 10-11; Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 Love To love one another is a daily challenge. Sometimes people seem to be so difficult to love. Sometimes love is the very last thing that appeals to us. But God’s love is constant, persevering and generous and when we love as God loves there is […]

Thursday 22 November

St Cecilia Apocalypse 5:1-10; Ps 149; Luke 19:41-44 Be at peace. Jesus laments that the very city whose name means peace, Jerusalem, fails to recognise God’s very agent of peace, himself. In times to come the consequences are catastrophic for the city. With each new day may we be open to a love that offers […]

Friday 9 November

Dedication of the basilica of St John Lateran Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Ps 46; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 Transforming ourselves How often do we clutter the sanctuary of our hearts? All the troubles, ills, worries, pressures etc. crowd out or block that personal relationship one has with God. We are invited to transform […]

For the Ordinary Things

for the Messenger by M.H.B. Thank you, Lord, for the ordinary things, for the frost for the cold and the glow they bring. For the child who is well and the child who is not warm and content in her own little cot. For the heart that is warm and the hand outstretched to love […]

Tuesday 10 July

Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13; Psalm 115; Matthew 9:32-38 Be my hands and my feet Today's gospel passage shows Jesus constantly on the move – teaching, proclaiming and healing. Jesus was moved with compassion for the people he was meeting. A walk down our street or a read of the daily newspaper gives us a glimpse of […]

Saturday 7 July

Amos 9:11-15; Psalm 85; Matthew 9:14-17 Happy are those who follow the Lord Psalm 85 is a joyful hymn full of hope in the future of our salvation. It reflects the happy moment when the Israelite people returned from their exile in Babylon. Likewise, in the times when we may wander, we too can rejoice […]

Monday 18 June

1 Kings 21:1-16. Psalm 5, Matthew 5: 38-42 A new kind of justice Today’s gospel teaching would have got a reaction. Justice was measured out as reward or revenge according to the situation. Wasn’t Jesus getting the two mixed up? What was all this about inviting a second smack on the face? I think Jesus […]