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Tag Archive for ‘poor’

Wednesday 17 July

Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12; Psalm 103; Matthew 11:25-27 Nuturing ministry In this beautiful gospel text we find an echo of Matthew’s first beatitude: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…’ Jesus seeks out the humble of heart, the poor, and the simple, those who know their need of God. These […]

Friday 5 July

Genesis 23:1-4, 19-24:1-8, 62-67; Psalm 106; Matthew 9:9-13 Unashamed Like our friend Zacchaeus, Matthew was a tax collector and one despised because he had been recruited by the Romans to collect taxes from his own people. Doubtless Matthew had also become rich by ripping off the poor and oppressed, which is why the money of […]

Francis Speaks

On where the Pope’s energy comes from It’s a gift of the Lord. When I am visiting a country I forget everything, but not because I want to forget; it comes spontaneously to me to forget, and I’m fully there. This gives me perseverance. I don’t get tired on the trips — I get tired […]

Monday 17 June

ELEVENTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Psalm 98; Matthew 5:38-42 The poverty of gospel living Christian poverty is not about a lack of material wealth. Rather, Christian poverty is about the renouncing of one’s self-importance and a readiness to acknowledge the rights and needs of others. Jesus challenges us to serve rather than […]

Thursday 21 March

Jeremiah 17 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus The sin of the rich man in today’s gospel was not that he had a lot of money, but that he did not hear the cry of the poor man Lazarus. Lent is a time when we open the ears of our hearts to truly listen and […]

Friday 8 March

Isaiah 58:1-9; Psalm 51; Matthew 9:14-15 Break every yoke Fasting and acts of kindness are important, but Jesus asks us to think more deeply about what we are doing. Acts of generosity need to go hand in hand with acts of justice. Feeding the poor makes no sense if they are oppressed and cannot improve […]

Sunday 17 February

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26 No worries It can be an irritating expression, ‘no worries’, especially for those inclined to fret, to fear the worst, to tremble with anxiety at the drop of a hat! And the Lord says that we are blessed if […]

Saturday 8 December

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 97 (98):1-4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38 God’s surprising activity Place this scene in its cosmic setting by imagining God and the Spirit suspended and waiting for Mary’s free response. She who has ‘found favour with God’ is not in Jerusalem […]

Wednesday 12 September

1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Psalm 45B; Luke 6:20-26 Room for God Jesus is saying that to be poor is to be blessed. It is typical in Scripture for exaggeration to be used in order to communicate spiritual wisdom. The wisdom here is that with being poor there is more chance of being dependent upon God than […]

Monday 3 September

Pope St Gregory the Great 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Psalm 119 H; Luke 4:16-30 Relying on God’s power Gregory is a good example of someone who relied on God’s power. He could have had a comfortable, easy life but he felt called to make a difference in the world. He founded monasteries and then became a […]