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Tag Archive for ‘presence’

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 […]

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 […]

Friday 3 May

Sts Philip and James, Apostles 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8; Psalm 19:2-5; John 14:6-14 I believe Today's readings and Psalm confirm God's presence. We witness the seasons, tides, rotations of our world within space, the sun and moon. The co-existence of trees, plants, animals, birds and insects. All of these, in unison. They cannot be accidental […]

Wednesday 1 May

Acts 5:17-26; Psalm 34; John 3:16-21 Our presence We are to be the Lord's disciples, whatever our situation. We must live and work honestly, with integrity. Farmers, carers, teachers, shop assistants, IT workers, priests, religious, homemakers – everyone. We try to see Jesus in each person we meet, and hope that by our actions they […]

Tuesday 30 April

Acts 4:32-37; Psalm 93; John 3:7-15 Jesus teaches Our life of prayer prepares our hearts to be sensitive to the presence of God in our midst. In our gospel today, Jesus again reminds them about a readiness to receive the Son of Man. Jesus, in conversation with Nicodemus, opens up the intent of God and […]

Friday 26 April

Acts 4:1-12; Psalm 118; John 21:1-14 It is the Lord Our life of prayer prepares our hearts to be sensitive to the presence of God in our midst. In today’s gospel, Jesus stands unrecognised on the shore. The signs of abundant fish, breaking nets and the taking and giving of bread, enable recognition. Jesus stands […]

Monday 3 December

St. Francis Xavier Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 121 (122):1-2, 4-5, 6-9; Matthew 8:5-11 Willing to break barriers In this story, part of a cluster of nine healing stories in Matthew 8-9, Jesus is willing to break barriers to go to the Roman officer’s place to heal his servant. As it turns out, Jesus heals from a […]