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Friday 1 June

St Justin 1 Peter 4: 7-13, Psalm 96, Mark 11: 11-26 Failure to give Mark has put together the stories of the temple money-changers and the barren fig tree. This emphasises a message about selfishness. It was usual for the temple to have money-changers, but these greedy men were short-changing people. The fig tree without […]

Monday 23 October

< Romans 4:20-25; Benedictus Response: Luke 1:68-79; Luke 12:13-21 The way of Jesus In following Jesus we learn a different way. He reaches out to those in need and seeks to make the lives of others better, especially the disadvantaged. This is his way and through time it slowly becomes our way too. In the […]

Sunday 15 October

28TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-14 All are welcome God wants all of us to share in this banquet, no one is to be left out or excluded. Jesus makes use of the banquet image to convey God’s desire to nourish us. The offer is there but […]

Friday 13 October

Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2; Psalm 9; Luke 11:15-26 Relying on Jesus Sadly, there is often much to undermine our faith in Jesus. We believe in him in an environment that is indifferent, and at times actually antagonistic, towards having faith in God. In our gospel, Jesus reminds us of evil and its determinations, he makes use […]

Thursday 5 October

Nehemiah 8: 1- 12; Psalm 19b; Luke 10:1-12 Inner self The way we live our everydayness proclaims who we believe in. Often, our culture defines us as human consumers. This definition means that we must get, or we should have, and I haven’t time to dream, reflect or pray. All of these assumptions serve to […]

Saturday 26 August

Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11, 4:13-17; Psalm 128; Matthew 23:1-12 Hypocrisy Hypocrisy comes in many forms. When words and actions disagree; when thoughts do not match outward expression; when inconsistency becomes a habit, or self-deception parades as truth… Humility is the antidote to hypocrisy. It matches the love of self with the love of neighbour and so […]

Tuesday 20 June

2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Psalm 146; Matthew 5:43-48 The journey to perfection To love someone comes from a position of being loved. One should know where one stands. Today we are challenged — approval from others is not the motivation for the followers of Christ, and perfection comes not from the way we look after self, […]

Sunday 27 November

1st Sunday of Advent Isaiah 2:1-5; Ps 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 A new season Today marks the beginning of a new season, a call to awareness of what is coming. Isaiah foretells the coming of Christ, Paul and Jesus talk about the second coming. Whichever you prefer, it should be a cause for new […]

Tuesday 19 July

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85; Matthew 12:46-50 The Trinity of God, self and others In a spiritual sense, we have a richness of family. Brothers and sisters in faith. Abraham, our father in faith. Our Lord – friend, brother, son of the Father; the Holy Family itself; our communities of faith; all those we love; […]

Tuesday 17 May

James 4:1-10, Ps.55, Mark 9:30-37 Embrace the child Jesus’ message is the antithesis of individualism, ruthless capitalism, indifference, consumerism, inflated status and self promotion. He asks us to reprioritise our values and goals. He invites us to put others first and to serve. He asks us to welcome the little and the vulnerable. Start with […]