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Tag Archive for ‘presence’

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 […]

Sunday 2 December

1st Sunday of Advent Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 24 (25):4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Raise your heads Luke is convinced of God’s presence and victory over evil. This means God cares about humanity and the earth. As the sprouting fig leaves indicate summer is near, so the whole cosmos is affected […]

Monday 29 October

Ephesians 4:32-5:8; Psalm 1; Luke 13:10-17 A Matter of Perspective The synagogue official, in today’s Gospel, isn’t interested in whether or not the crippled woman has a need – only in the fact that Jesus isn’t abiding by the rules of when healing could and could not take place. We, too, can get caught up […]

Sunday 30 September

Twenty Sixth Week in Ordinary Time Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19B; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 An undivided heart Jesus challenges the Twelve Apostles for having a narrow perspective toward the work of God. God does not only work through his chosen Apostles. God is open and generous. The disciples were abusing their authority by […]

Thursday 6 September

1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Psalm 24; Luke 5:1-11 Not all up to us How come Simon and the others followed Jesus so readily as disciples? Not only had Jesus effected a tremendous catch of fish but, just before this miracle, he had completely and instantly healed Simon’s mother-in-law. The powerful, loving presence of God in our […]

Tuesday 24 July

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Psalm 85; Matthew 12:46-50 Who is my neighbour? Today we are standing outside with Mary and some of the disciples listening to Jesus preach and heal. When his attention is drawn to our presence, he stretches his hands and embraces us as his family, his next-of-kin, if we are doing what God […]

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 […]