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Tag Archive for ‘service’

Friday 8 March

Isaiah 58:1-9; Psalm 51; Matthew 9:14-15 Break every yoke Fasting and acts of kindness are important, but Jesus asks us to think more deeply about what we are doing. Acts of generosity need to go hand in hand with acts of justice. Feeding the poor makes no sense if they are oppressed and cannot improve […]

Wednesday 9 January

1 John 4:11-18; Psalm 71 (72):1-2, 10-13; Mark 6:45-52 Fear How often do we come across the words: ‘Do not be afraid’? Fear is not a sin but it certainly distracts us from loving service. We can be so concerned about our safety or comfort or wellbeing that we do not remember our mission to […]

Remembering the New Zealand Marist Chaplains of World War One

Fr Segrief was the first NZ Catholic Chaplain to serve in World War One and saw service throughout the whole war.

An All Souls’ Day Mass: Selle, France, 1917

At the request of the Bishop of Arras, Monsignor Julien, Fr Adolphe Roger described events and activities within the parish of Selle during World War One. In his report, mention was made of the presence of New Zealand troops and an All Souls’ Day Mass in November 1917. 1 Fr Jean Barra SM described the 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 […]