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“And in what
I have failed
to do …”

The “I confess …” at the beginning of Mass reminds us of our sins. Maybe, as we grow older, the likelihood of ‘sins of omission’ is higher. During lockdown I became aware of the kindness of those who phoned, e-mailed, Facebooked etc., and also aware of my failure in those activities. For me the lockdown […]

Saturday 15 September

Our Lady of Sorrows Hebrews 5:7-9; Psalm 31; John 19:25-27 Sharing the burden We search for the meaning of our sorrows, we search for the meaning of suffering. Did Mary understand what the slaughter of her son on the Cross was for? Did she wonder why this had to happen? The point of this feast […]

Thursday 10 May

Acts 18:1-8; Psalm 98; John 16:16-20 In a short time … There are a number of occasions in the gospels where we are told that the disciples didn’t understand what Jesus meant by what he said. I know that I sometimes feel the same – I ask ‘what?’ ‘why?’ ‘how?’ about the things happening in […]

Saturday 27 January

2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17; Psalm 51; Mark4:35-41 Create a clean heart in me, O God King David had many faults. He was violent and short-tempered. He stole Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, and had Uriah killed. The prophet Nathan confronted David and he repented. The heading for Psalm 51 refers to David’s sin and sorrow. We all […]

Friday 15 September

Our Lady of Sorrows Hebrews 5:7-9, Psalm 31, John 19:25-27 Fount of love Sorrow is part of discipleship. So is obedience to God’s will. So often sorrow comes to me unbidden and when it does I must use sorrow to increase my capacity for love. If I do not, I may be embittered by suffering. […]

Tuesday 18 April

Acts 2:36-41; Psalm 33; John 20:11-18 The pain of love The pain of Mary’s sorrow is easily understood, and her eyes were so blurred with tears that she failed to recognise the One she loved so much. As well, though, the Lord had changed. Mary had seen him dead, battered, bruised; now he was transformed. […]

Saturday 23 July

Jeremiah 7:1-11; Ps 84; Matthew 13:24-30 Be patient and trust God It can be when we’re praying for the pain and sorrow that hangs so heavily on ourselves and others that we may find ourselves asking “What’s the point? Suffering continues, injustice is rife. Why doesn’t God listen?” Jesus explains why this is the case […]

Tuesday 12 July

Isaiah 7:1-9; Ps 48; Matthew 11:20-24 Look with Christ’s eyes If Jesus went for a walk with you today, what would he see? Would he see you care for the poorest of the poor? Would he like the choices you make, the way you treat your family, your neighbours, your faith community? What would he […]

Tuesday 12 January

1 Samuel 1:9-20; 1 Sam ; Mark 1:21-28 Dejected no longer Hannah’s grief and sorrow is echoed in the lives of many people. There is so much sorrow in the world. Hannah’s plea to God from her broken heart bore fruit; perhaps sometimes our prayers lack power because we have little confidence that they will […]

Thursday 27 August

St Monica 1. Thessalonians 3:7-13; Ps. 90; Matthew 24: 42-51 Am I ready? If Jesus were to stand before me right now and said “Come along, it’s your turn now,” what do I think he’d see in me? And what would I think when I saw him? Would I see someone I loved and had […]