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Tag Archive for ‘service’

Wednesday 30 May

1 Peter1:18-25; Psalm 147B; Mark 10:32-45 Slave to all Our minds can so easily skip over the bad bits and focus on the ‘happy ending’. The apostles didn’t or couldn’t understand what Jesus was talking about when he told them of his coming death. Ever since then, right up to the present, very many Christians […]

Tuesday 7 November

Romans 12:5-16; Psalm 131; Luke 14:15-24. Rejoice in being different In a team, different positions require different skills. In the team of my family, or community, or neighbourhood, our skills or gifts vary. My gifts (God given, of course!) will make me different but valuable. The important thing is to use that gift or skill […]

Saturday 2 September

1 Thessalonians 4:9-11, Psalm 98, Matthew 25:14-30 Spiritual investment St. Paul urges Christians to make progress in love. Most progress is made by loving those who are closest to me, and to some extent minding my own business. The latter simply means giving priority to sorting out my own love with regard to God. Loving […]

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 […]

Wednesday 15 March

Jeremiah 18:18-20; Psalm 31; Matthew 20:17-28 Ministries of service The same theme of ‘service’ in today’s Gospel, but here it is more about status and exercise of power within the community of the disciples, which for us today means within the Church. All who exercise Church ministries are to be servants – slaves even – […]

Tuesday 14 March

Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Psalm 50; Matthew 23:1-12 We are all servants The key to the Lord’s teaching in today’s Gospel is contained in the last two sentences. Whether we be a leader or follower, a senior or a junior, high or low on the social scale, our role is always the same: to serve. Love […]

Saturday 22 October

Ephesians 4:7-16, Ps.122, Luke 13:1-9 Gifts and journeys One of Paul’s favourite metaphors for a church community is the human body, every part working in harmony with the rest. He also refers to the different gifts given us: they are varied but all have the same commitment to service. I’d like to extend that list […]

Monday 15 August

Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 24:15-24; Canticle Deuteronomy 32:18-21; Matthew 19:16-22 Keep the commandments It is mid-August – can Spring be far away? No matter what the season, Christians can grow in the practice of faith, hope and charity. That is the following of Jesus the Master, our Lord and Saviour. Endeavouring to grow […]

Monday 25 July

St James 2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Ps 126; Matthew 20:20-28 Serve each other Service to others was the overwhelming hallmark of Christ’s ministry as a healer of bodies and souls. He showed compassion for others in need and in the end gave his life for us all. To sit with him involves service and making sacrifices […]

Sunday 10 July

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sea Sunday – Day of Prayer for Seafarers Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Ps 69; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37 See God in each person you serve The instruction seems simple – if you want to go to heaven you must love your neighbour. Treat them as you would yourself. This command can result […]