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Tag Archive for ‘peace’

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 […]

Monday 21 May

7th WEEK ORDINARY TIME James 3:13-18; Psalm 19B; Mark 9:14-29 Wisdom … makes for peace The letter of James is full of real-life practical advice about harmony and justice within a community. Today highlights the dangers of jealousy and ambition – this is not an ambition to make the most of your talents, which is […]

Sunday 20 May

PENTECOST Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13: John 20:19-23 Guided by the Spirit We receive the gifts of the Spirit in some ways every day, but in fullness at our confirmation, which we recall each Pentecost Sunday. The seven gifts of the Spirit are not usually seen by others but experienced by ourselves. Others […]

Sunday 13 May

ASCENSION OF THE LORD Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20 Hope of his call Proclaim the Good News to all creation! What a challenge this is. But we have the promise of Jesus’ presence and power with us to live as believers and to proclaim his name. Jesus has promised that signs and […]

Tuesday 1 May

Acts 14:19-28; Psalm 145; John 14:27-31 Peace I give you What is this ‘peace’ that Jesus gives us? Certainly not freedom from trials and tribulations in the world. We hear today of Paul being stoned and left for dead and the disciples are warned of what was about to happen to Jesus. Our trials may […]