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Tag Archive for ‘sin’

Monday 8 April

Daniel 13; Psalm 23; John 8:1-11 Writing in the sand There are times when intense emotions are aroused. We need some ‘time out’ to grapple with what we are experiencing and how best to respond. Jesus felt for this woman, publicly condemned and obviously shamed, and rather than react to her accusers, he doodles in […]

Thursday 21 March

Jeremiah 17 5-10; Psalm 1; Luke 16:19-31 Lazarus The sin of the rich man in today’s gospel was not that he had a lot of money, but that he did not hear the cry of the poor man Lazarus. Lent is a time when we open the ears of our hearts to truly listen and […]

Thursday 7 March

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Luke 9:22-25 Take up your cross The central mystery of our faith is that goodness has conquered sin and that life has conquered death. It is done through the cross. Christ has gone before us and shown us the way. We too need to shoulder our crosses and not run away […]

Thursday 28 February

Ecclesiasticus 5:1-8; Psalm 1; Mark 9:41-50 Trust in God The first reading suggests that it is silly to place our confidence in money or in ‘ill-gotten gains’. They will surely let us down. Our ‘delight is the law of the Lord’. The Gospel reading makes it clear that we are to take strong measures to […]

Tuesday 12 February

Genesis 1:20-2:4; Psalm 8; Mark 7:1-13 God’s image We are made in the image of God, and this can never be lost. Our likeness to God may be damaged, and even lost, through our wilfulness and sin. The Lord always calls us back, though, just as he called the Pharisees and scribes, for he has […]

Saturday 19 January

Hebrews 4:12-16; Psalm 18 (19):8-10, 15; Mark 2:13-17 Physician Jesus saw himself as a physician. He is interested and concerned with the sick. He sees sin as a sickness and wants to address it. He does not confuse the sin with the sinner as we tend to do. He befriends the sinners and attends to […]

Friday 18 January

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11; Psalm 77 (78):3-4, 6-8; Mark 2:1-12 Forgiveness What can we do about our sins? Our memories keep bringing them back. We fail when we try to kid ourselves that we didn’t really sin anyway. Jesus offers us forgiveness. It is something he offers and wants to give. It removes sin, like taking […]

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 […]

Wednesday 21 November

Presentation of Mary Apocalypse 4:1-11, Ps 150; Luke 19:11-28 Get going Because of the risk of faith he has taken by dying on the cross, Jesus is crowned King. It is from this position that Jesus is exacting and demanding of those who follow him. Jesus sees the wonderful potential of all his disciples. Therefore, […]

Friday 2 November

All Souls’ Day Psalms and Readings for each Mass are selected from the Lectionary. Day of intercession This is a powerful day of intercession for the Church. We, the living, have the duty to remember that those who died are placed firmly in the hands of God. Those gentle hands of Mercy are enough to […]