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Suicide – Seven Ways to Help Grievers

When Kristen Clifford’s husband – Steven Clifford, a police officer – wasn’t responding to her text messages, she became alarmed and drove home, where she found notes, his police identification, his driver’s licence. “Everything laid out very neatly, methodically”, she recalled. Frightened, she rushed down the hallway to their bedroom, discovering the door closed and […]

Friday 8 November

Romans 15:14-21; Psalm 98; Luke 16:1-8 Be always ready! Jesus is not recommending a life of trickery and cunning to us. Far from it! Rather, he is asking us to reflect on what we must do now in order to prepare for our future life. How do we store up ‘treasures in heaven’? The dishonest […]

Sunday 3 November

31st Sunday of Ordinary Time Wisdom 11:22-12:2; Psalm 145; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Luke 19: 1-10 Our Father Standing outside in the dark of the night, looking up at the stars, we can feel dwarfed by the immensity of the universe. Yet the author of Wisdom likens this universe to a ‘drop of morning dew that […]

Sunday 1 September

22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Ecclesiasticus 3:17-20, 28-29; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24; Psalm 68; Luke 14:1, 7-14 Motivation Jesus challenges the guests, and all of us today, to reflect on the motives behind our choices. All day long we make choices, often unaware of the motives which impel us. So often there is a hidden selfishness […]

Tuesday 30 July

Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9,28; Psalm 103; Matthew 13:36-43 Images Jesus uses many images in his parables to explain what the kingdom of God is like. How often he speaks of the first book of revelation: the gift of creation. How often does he use images of nature such as harvesting, or ripening, sowing seed, gathering and […]

Friday 12 July

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30; Psalm 37;Matthew 10:16-23 Religious freedom Only very occasionally do we reflect upon the gift of religious freedom, the ability to worship God, in freedom, according to our religious beliefs. The tragedy of 15 March 2019 in Christchurch has given us all pause. How many of our brothers and sisters – Jews, Christians […]

Monday 15 April

Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11 Very costly ointment We need tenderness in our life of faith. Tenderness reaches into the reservoir of love in us and in the other. I noticed the other morning how carefully this young student held the hand of a homeless man crossing the street. Our daily life is punctuated […]

Sunday 31 March

Fourth Sunday of Lent Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 34; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 Return to the Lord We hear the story of the Prodigal Son again today. It reminds us that the season of Lent is about returning and coming home to the Lord. It is a time to reflect on our lives and […]

Friday 15 March

Ezekiel 18:21-28; Psalm 130; Matthew 5:20-26 Saying and doing A person of integrity tries to live what they profess and believe. Often, however, there can be blind spots in the practice of our faith. We do some things well and others not so well. Jesus wants us to try and give the totality of our […]

Sit and Sip

On my recent retreat the theme that challenged me was to ‘sit and sip’. It centred on ‘having a cup of tea’! All very innocuous we might think, but a full cup of wisdom present. The expression that focussed the retreat was part of Thich Nhat Hanh’s theme of ‘mindfulness’. That is, being mindful to […]