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Third World Day of the Poor

17 November Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by short sighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from […]

Wednesday 25 September

Ezra 9:5-9; Canticle: Tobit 13; Luke 9:1-6 When I am poor then I am rich In different ways Jesus and Ezra have the same message for us: when we are poor and depend on God for everything we are truly blessed. It must have been somewhat frightening for Jesus’ little band to depart without any […]

Sunday 22 September

25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 Dangerous wealth Today Jesus and Amos give us good advice about money. Jesus calls it “that tainted thing” and Amos condemns those who “trample on the poor and practice deceit”. Though seeming to praise the dishonest manager Jesus is really saying […]

Monday 2 September

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Psalm 96; Luke 4:16-30 Good news to the poor Jesus announces his mission as it was foretold by the prophet Isaiah. His mission is to the poor, the blind, to prisoners or to those oppressed in any way. The Gospels reveal that Jesus was totally faithful to this mission. Do we realize […]

Saturday 10 August

St Lawrence, Deacon, Martyr (f) 2 Corinthians 9:6-10; Psalm 112; John 12:24-26 Where I am, my servant will be there too Are we servant disciples? St Paul makes it clear that giving is a matter of freedom, and we are not to give grudgingly. He assures the Corinthians that God never forgets our efforts. Jesus […]

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 […]