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Wednesday 11 September

Colossians 3:1-11; Psalm 145; Luke 6:20-26 God fills our emptiness Both readings, as well as the psalm today, give us clear lessons for our Christian lives. Luke’s four beatitudes are challenging! It seems that when we are empty or needy for all sorts of reasons, God can fill us with himself. When we place all […]

Friday 9 August

St Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) (om) Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Psalm 77; Matthew 16:24-28 Going out of oneself St Edith Stein was a distinguished Jewish philosopher and convert. She continued her writing after joining the Carmelites but died in Auschwitz in 1942. She said, the deeper one is drawn into God, the more […]

Thursday 1 August

St Alphonsus Liguori (M) Exodus 40:16-21, 34-38; Psalm 84; Matthew 13:47-53 God’s revelation as treasure Today’s readings reveal the investment God wants in our everyday lives. Moses follows instructions to build the tabernacle. God’s glory is so immense that none could enter the tent of meeting, yet the same God had a ‘mercy’ seat built […]

Saturday 8 June

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Psalm 11; John 21:20-25 The liturgical year Today marks the end of another season of the liturgical year. In our readings today, Luke concludes his writing of the Acts of the Apostles with brief comments about St Paul’s life in Rome and John signs off from his gospel with some personal reflections […]

Thursday 23 May

Acts 15:7-21; Psalm 96; John 15:9-1 1 Aroha mai, Aroha atu — Love, Love Love, given and received, is mentioned in the readings which are building towards Christ's passion. We need Christ as the vine, for life and sustenance. Christ needs us – the branches – to be his voice and his hands. Our love […]

Friday 17 May

Acts 13:26-33; Psalm 2; John 14: 1-6 Pono — faith Today's readings are about the end of Jesus' human life. Just a phase of his spiritual life, he is now living in a different dimension that we cannot enjoy yet, but it will continue forever. Our belief and faith are our strength. Jesus is explicit […]

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 […]

Sunday 3 February

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm 71;1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30 God loves The readings tell us something about the wonder of love, God’s love, and call us deeper into that love. God knew us, chose us, and consecrated us before he formed us in the womb – from before the moment […]

Wednesday 26 September

Proverbs 30:5-9; Psalm 119 H; Luke 9:1-6 Single-heartedness A common theme from today’s readings seems to be purity, or, single-heartedness. The word ‘alloy’ is in the reading from Proverbs. Alloy – a metal that is a blend of pure metals as in the case of bronze made from copper and tin. God’s Word is unalloyed, […]

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 […]