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Tag Archive for ‘reconciliation’

Wednesday 14 August

St Maximilian Kolbe (m) Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 66; Matthew 18:15-20 The gift of reconciliation Seeking reconciliation rather than engaging in destructive gossip, resentment, revenge or hatred is designed to bring healing and harmony. Sometimes, however, perpetrators are unwilling or unable to accept responsibility and true reconciliation with them is impossible; then Jesus advises distance. We […]

Friday 10 March

Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130; Matthew 5:20-26 Through reconciliation to unity Everything is one. Unity is the essence of all that exists. Unity is relationship. The Trinity is perfect relationship, and thus perfect unity. Each of us is made in God’s ‘image and likeness’. That means we too are made to be in perfect relationship and […]

Saturday 26 November

Apocalypse 22:1-7; Ps 95; Luke 21:34-36 Stay awake Jesus stresses the need for watchfulness and prayer today. There are so many traps for the unwary. We are sinners who have been saved by Jesus, and are being saved. So we need to beware of backsliding. As Catholics we have the blessing of the sacrament of […]

Friday 15 July

St Bonaventure Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Canticle Isaiah 38:10-12, 16-17; Matthew 12:1-8 Lay down your burden Keeping rules and carrying out rituals can be exhausting. Some of us make expressing our faith in God a laborious task, assuming the more difficult we make it for ourselves, the more God will like it. Yet loving God […]

Saturday 2 July

Amos 9:11-15; Ps. 85; Matthew 9:14-17 Seek forgiveness God forgives all our sins. We know this – but for some reason we forget sometimes, especially when – maybe after seeking reconciliation – we find ourselves yet again in a state of spiritual illness. This can be a wretched time, doing wrong, being in denial, feeling […]

Monday 14 March

Daniel 13:1-62, Ps 23, John 8:1-11 Be rescued by being reconciled. Susanna is a woman of integrity who simply could not betray the truth about life. The Holy Spirit roused Daniel to rescue her. The woman in the Gospel betrayed the truth about life and God sent his Son to her to redeem her life. […]

Wednesday 12 August

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Ps 66; Matthew 18:15-20 Love one another Jesus is very clear – we must make honest attempts to heal divisions amongst ourselves. He even tells us exactly how to go about this in simple, easy to follow, practical steps. His method seeks reconciliation not aggression, gentleness and mercy rather than litigation and scandal. […]

Wednesday 26 November

Apocalypse 15:1-4; Psalm 98; Luke 21: 12-19 Pray for others It is impossible to understand why some people not only refuse to practise any faith themselves, but actively try to prevent others from practising theirs. The behaviour of those who insist theirs is the only path to God and persecute others for following different roads […]

Heavy Burdens 

I think most of us carry secret burdens which weigh down our spiritual lives. It may be a barrier of resentment stopping forgiveness for a past wrong… a continuing remorse for some past sin…   a recurring shame over some embarrassing incident of long ago…   a weight of self judgement that crushes our self […]

Jewels in God’s Crown

Jenny could be likened to a can of coke. She had a bubbly personality. She had come into our lives when a friend of ours had found her camping alone and invited her to move into their flat. Although Jenny came from a rocky background, she came to know the Lord and gave him both […]