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Tag Archive for ‘religious’

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 […]

Monday 24 July

Exodus 14:5–18; Exodus 15:1-6; Matthew 12:38–42 Recognizing Jesus Some religious leaders continue to seek a sign from Jesus in order to show them his identity. They have refused to recognize the signs he had already given and through which many ordinary people came to believe. Jesus knows those elite ones will also fail to recognize […]

Friday 21 July

Exodus 11:10–12:14; Psalm 116; Matthew 12:1–8 Spirit of Sabbath Jesus does not cast aside the Sabbath, which is modelled on the ‘rest’ of God on the seventh day of creation. This day of rest from work was to enjoy, to give thanks for the gifts of creation and was extended to slaves, bonded labourers and […]

Friday 14 July

Genesis 46:1–7, 28–30; Psalm 37; Matthew 10:16–23 Sheep among wolves Disciples in Jesus’ alternative community are not to be naïve. Jesus’ mission of mercy and compassion to the poor and downtrodden disturbs the powerful, those set in their ways and even religious leaders. Disciples are sheep among wolves. They are to bring the promise of […]

Thursday 9 March

Esther 4:17 (Esther’s prayer); Psalm 138; Matthew 7:7-12 God-botherers You will no doubt have heard people with religious beliefs referred to disparagingly as ‘God-botherers.’ Well, quite right, so we are! God likes us to bother him! And we do so because we know how much we depend on God for everything, unlike the non-believers who […]


On 18 January four young men made their first profession as Marists in the International Novitiate in Davao, Philippines. They are Yves Tuma from Cameroon, Emil Kenewata from Bougainville, Hayden Powick from New Zealand and Cameron Mota from Bougainville. Fr Christopher Ganzon received their vows on behalf of the Superior General, and in his homily […]

Tuesday 8 November

Titus 2:1-8,11-14; Ps 37; Luke 17:7-10 Ambition The message from scripture today is that we should only be ambitious to do good without reward. Paul continues his description of a good leader, but the punch line is ‘we must be self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while we are […]

Sunday 9 October

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Kings 5:14-17, Ps.98, 2 Timothy 2:8-13, Luke 17:11-19 God is not small In his letter to Timothy, Paul writes: God’s message cannot be put in chains. This is a big statement, also taught by Jesus in the gospel reading. In fact, Jesus seems to go out of his way […]

Monday 3 October

Galatians 1:6-12, Ps.111, Luke 10:25-37 Law and living At times, Jesus was questioned by men who wanted to use religious law as a weapon. He never discredited the law, but revealed its true function as guidance. It offered structures that helped those young in faith, and made useful maps for mature journey. Usually, Jesus added […]

Tuesday 21 June

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, RELIGIOUS 2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36; Ps. 48; Matthew 7:6, 12-14 Lord have mercy The Assyrians besiege Jerusalem. King Hezekiah of Judah prays to God to save Judah. God hears his humble and desperate prayer. The prophet Isaiah tells the king the city will be spared and the Assyrians will be defeated. […]