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Tag Archive for ‘presence’

Wednesday 14th December

St John of the Cross Isaiah 45:6-8,18, 21-26; Psalm 85:9-14; Luke 7:19-23 Christmas: presents or presence? As we get closer to Christmas, we have another episode involving John the Baptist and Jesus. Yet the deep question of John is the basic question of Christmas and its meaning: Is Jesus the promised saviour from God, or […]

Monday 29 March

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11 The boding presence Every day this week Judas is present in the gospel. Today he spoils the gathering in Bethany. Jesus goes to his friends’ home for a meal. With the two sisters and their brother, Lazarus, he can find understanding and support. Mary anoints Jesus with expensive ointment. […]

When a Friend Grieves

Seven Ways to Help I was heartbroken. I was beyond devastation. I wanted to die, pack it in, call it a day, call it quits, stop in my tracks. My son, Clark, was the light of my life, the bright, beautiful, creative boy who had survived so much, and been such a solace and beauty. […]

Friday 20 December

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 1:26-38 No fanfare The most significant announcement in human history: the Word is God. He made all things. The Word becomes flesh in the womb of Mary. No rush of wind, no earthquake, no thunder and lightning. Well, sure, an angel appearing is a bit of a giveaway. God usually […]

Thursday 3 October

Nehemiah 8:1-12; Psalm 19:1-7; Luke 10:1-12 Ask the Lord of the harvest Jesus sent 72 labourers ahead in pairs to announce his coming to their villages and homes. Jesus instructed them to depend completely on the local people for their needs. He commissioned them to offer God’s peace, to heal the sick and announce that […]

Tuesday 27 August

St Monica (m) 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Psalm 139; Matthew 23:23-26 Sharing God’s love St Monica never stopped praying for Augustine’s conversion; her prayers were eventually answered shortly before she died. Through her faithful love the world gained Saint Augustine. St Paul speaks about motherly protectiveness for those he shares with, giving not only good news, […]

Thursday 15 August

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (s) Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 Mary’s reality, our destiny The Ark of the Covenant was where the glory and presence of God dwelt. It held the 10 Commandments, manna — bread — and Aaron’s staff, symbol of priestly authority. Luke has […]

The Mind of Christ the Mass and You – Part 2 of 2

Contact with the Mind of Christ What do we need then to ensure that the power of the Mass to transform our minds is in fact efficacious? An intense, constantly renewed desire that Christ’s mind should become our mind, a willingness to seek this, together with a recognition that we depend more on his grace […]

Thursday 11 July

St Benedict, abbot Genesis 44:18-21, 23-29, 45:1-5; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:7-15 Signs and wonders The apostles are called to proclaim the kingdom of God and to do so freely. The Acts of the Apostles gives a rich picture of both what this entailed and how the apostles built up their fledgling churches through generous and […]

Saturday 6 July

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29; Psalm 135; Matthew 9:14-17 A new way The disciples of John were known to live an ascetic life of penance. They generously went the extra mile in seeking to follow God’s will. That is why they are surprised that the disciples of Jesus do not fast. Once again Jesus reveals a different […]