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Tag Archive for ‘preaching’

Sunday 17 November

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time Malachi 3:19-20; Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 Faith concrete and visible St Paul did not expect the Christians in Thessalonica to support him financially. He worked to earn his living whilst staying with them and preaching the Good News. He reminds the Thessalonians that the Christian faith should […]

Saturday 4 May

Acts 6 1-7; Psalm 33; John 6:16-21 Feed my sheep It's okay to take a break in our busy lives. Jesus hoped to give the disciples a holiday from evangelising. But the crowds continued to stay in Jesus' presence. It was spring. The annual Paschal feast. They wanted more and more of Jesus' preaching and […]

Tuesday 17 July

Isaiah 7:1-9; Psalm 48; Matthew 11:20-24 God establishes the city forever Our readings today paint a bleak picture. The prophet Isaiah reflects on the struggles to unite the lands which we know today as the Holy Land. In Matthew’s gospel we read of Jesus lamenting that the people of the cities which he had so […]

Saturday 5 May

Acts 16:1-10; Psalm 100; John 15:18-21 Guided by the Spirit Paul and his fellow-preachers were directed by the Holy Spirit in where to go and how long to stay – even when (as Jesus had predicted) they would sometimes be hated and persecuted for their preaching in Jesus’ name. We do not know in what […]

Thursday 3 August

St Dominic Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38; Psalm 84; Matthew 13:47-53 Preaching and persuasion were the tools of this 13th century founder of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans. Personal study and prayer gave strength and credibility to his witness. The dragnet with which Jesus compares the ‘kingdom’ is like the voice cast out to listeners. Some […]

Saturday 27 May

Acts 18:23-28; Psalm 47; John 16:23-28 Go you are sent forth When we first met the married couple Aquila and Priscilla, they had been forced to leave Rome because of persecution and live in the Greek city of Corinth. While working with Paul making tents, their faith was strengthened, and in today's reading we find […]

Friday 26 May

St Philip Neri Acts 18:9-18; Psalm 47; John 16:20-23 Do not be afraid I am with you What appropriate readings to listen to as we celebrate the feast of St Philip Neri! In his preaching and in the penances he gave, Philip was renowned for the unusual ways in which he brought people to God. […]

Saturday 20 May

Acts 16:1-10; Psalm 100; John 15:18-21 Know that the Lord is God As Paul continues to journey from town to town preaching to those who would listen, we can visualise him, a faithful Jew, resting in the evening and praying the Psalms. In today's Psalm he would be reassured that the Lord is God. We, […]

Thursday 13 October

Ephesians 1:1-10, Ps 98, Luke 11: 47-54 St Paul’s hymn of salvation The introduction to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is one of his most beautiful writings. Part hymn, part prayer, part credo, it has the effect of filling our hearts with light. Compare this with the gospel reading. Paul preached the freedom of God’s […]

How the Catholic Faith came to Pukapuka

Pukapuka is a small isolated island in the northern group of the Cook Islands. I find the story of how the Faith came to this island especially moving because it involves some of our sisters who worked in Samoa early last century. In 1913 a young man called Tangi-te Yua went from Pukapuka to work […]