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Monday 29 July

St Martha Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34; Psalm 106; John 11:19-27 Flowering of faith When Martha says to Jesus that she has come to believe that he is the Messiah, the one who was to come into the world, we are witnessing the full flowering of her faith, the full flowering of her lifetime of openness in […]

Friday 14 June

2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Psalm 116:10-11, 15-18; Matthew 5:27-32 Embracing our humanity Sin, failure, shame and guilt are part of the human condition and of our human experience. They invade our sense of self worth and disturb our peace of heart. Sometimes, we deal with them by denial, sometimes by self flagellation. Jesus meets the sinner […]

Saturday 22 December

Samuel 1:24-28; (Responsorial): 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8; Luke 1:46-56 Mary’s whole person In Mary’s song of praise almost every line is patterned on Hannah’s canticle (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Mary’s opening words are translated usually as: ‘My soul (psychē) magnifies the Lord, and my spirit (pneuma) rejoices …’ The Greek psychē, like the Hebrew word it […]

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, […]