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Sunday 23 December

4th Sunday of Advent Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 79 (80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44a Knowing what God has done for her Often biblical women are unnamed. Elizabeth is extraordinary. Not only is she named, we are told she is from the priestly tribe of Aaron. After she becomes pregnant, her lifelong relationship with God […]

November Crossword

Solution for October Across: 1 Mosque, 4 Carpet, 9 Delilah, 10 Theme, 11 Manna, 12 Errancy, 13 Eschatology, 18 Unction, 20 Tutti, 22 Dread, 23 Nervous, 24 Yes-man, 25 Hymnal.  Down: 1 Madame, 2 Salon, 3 Unleash, 5 Altar, 6 Pfennig, 7 Tie-dye, 8 Threatening, 14 Success, 15 Liturgy, 16 Sunday, 17 Missal, 19 India, […]

Thursday 9 August

Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51; Matthew 16:13-23 Who do you say I am? Human beings are complex. We are all the sum total of our genetic structures, our life experiences, personalities, the parenting we received, our cultural and religious backgrounds. Each of us is a blend of dark and light, sin and grace, humanity and divinity, […]

Wednesday 11 July

St Benedict, abbot Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8,12; Psalm 105; Matthew 10:1-7 Seek the Lord and his strength How appropriate it is to pray Psalm 105 on the feast of St Benedict. He is known as the father of monasticism because he established a way of life combining work and prayer based on the psalms. In his […]

Learning from Bears and Bees

“‘It’s like this,’ Pooh said. ‘When you go after honey with a balloon, the great thing is not to let the bees know you’re coming. Now, if you have a green balloon, they might think you were only part of the tree, and not notice you, and if you have a blue balloon, they might […]

Sunday 22 April

Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 The Good Shepherd Jesus uses the analogy of the good shepherd caring for his flocks. The animals know and trust their guardian to look after their wellbeing. Our religious guardians care for our spiritual wellbeing. We know and trust them. Let us […]

Monday 16 April

Acts 6:8-15; Ps 119; John 6:22-29 Spread the good news They ask “What can we do to accomplish the works of God?” Should we ask the same question of ourselves? Encourage someone who has left the faith to return or someone who has shown interest. Support our religious in their work. Pray for those serving […]

Friday 23 March

Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18:2-7; John 10:31-42 The Lord is at my side The prophet Jeremiah and Jesus suffered rejection from the religious people of their day. The unbelieving Jews denounced Jeremiah for his uncompromising fidelity to God’s covenant; and denounced Jesus for blasphemy “because he says ‘I am the Son of God’.” Their minds and […]

Who Are You, Jesus?

3. A Compassionate Saviour The Jesus of Luke’s Gospel is presented as the compassionate and universal Saviour. From the many parables on this theme, let’s focus on the Good Samaritan – a wayside drama about ‘seeing’ and ‘not-seeing.’ A traveller from Jerusalem is mugged, robbed and left half-dead. Jesus’ listeners, accustomed to pilgrimages to and […]

Saturday 21 October

Romans 4:13,16-18; Psalm 105; Luke 12:8-12 Breathing There can be times when it is difficult to admit that we are Catholic, moments when we are hesitant to share what has come to be so important for us and often so personal. When the media seems quick to judge or a friend becomes Church cynical in […]