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Tag Archive for ‘soul’

Tuesday 12 June

1 Kings 17: 7-16, Psalm 4, Matthew 5: 13-16 Inner light In Judaism, it is said that the soul is a spark of God, and it’s our task on this earth to fan that spark into a flame. These verses from Matthew tell us that Jesus, the great fire of God, said much the same […]

Wednesday 6 June

ST MARCELLIN CHAMPAGNAT 2 Timothy 1:1-3,6-12, Psalm 123, Mark 12:18-27 Life after life The Pharisees believed in the continuation of the soul. The Sadducees did not. Here, we see another trick question from the second-to-largest group of Jewish teachers. The enquiry is based on ignorance and Jesus is quick to deal with it. His insights […]

Monday 4 June

NINTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME 2 Peter 1: 2-7, Psalm 91, Mark 12: 1-12 Internal Conflict Parables are like shawls. They adapt to individuals. This gospel reading reminds me of the ongoing conflict between selfishness and selflessness. There are two movements. The ego demands everything for me-me-me, while that spark of God in us wants […]

Friday 25 May

James 5:9-12; Psalm 103; Mark 10:1-12 Compassion and love Living together can be difficult. James reminds us not to complain about each other and Jesus is questioned about the human situation of marriage breakdown. Perhaps our best hope is shown in the psalm: “my soul, give thanks to the Lord … and never forget his […]

Tuesday 13 March

ANNIVERSARY OF ELECTION OF POPE FRANCIS Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12; Psalm 46:2-3,5-6, 8-9; John 5:1-3, 5-16 This water comes from the sanctuary Ezekiel’s vision of the water flowing in abundance from the Temple Sanctuary along the parched Arabah Valley to the sea, invigorating plant and animal-life as it flowed, is an image of God’s presence, abundance, […]

Saturday 10 February

MEMORIAL OF ST. SCHOLASTICA 1 Kings 12:26-32, 13:33-34; Psalm 106; Mark 8:1-10 God alone nourishes Israel has been divided between Jeroboam and Rehoboam. The tribes under Jeroboam sink deeper and deeper into idolatry, forsaking God for golden calves. Jesus’ miracle puts before us the question: Is it easier to say that God will nourish God’s […]

Thursday 16 November

Wisdom 7:22-8:1; Psalm 119; Luke 17:20-25 A mirror of God’s majesty The author of the Book of Wisdom, in today’s reading, seems almost to be describing the soul of God! Rather, though, he speaks of God’s love and light and insight, lighting up the good person. Here is the shining and radiant hope offered us. […]

Monday 25 September

Ezra 1:1-6, Psalm 126, Luke 8:16-18 Being the lamp My meditation on the Word of God can be thought of as bringing light to my soul. Jesus Christ already knows what is hidden in my soul but sometimes I do not. He is the person who can light up what is already good in it […]

Wednesday 31 May

the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Zephaniah 3:14-18; Canticle of Isaiah, 12:2-6; Luke 1:39-56 My soul magnifies the Lord Today we travel with Mary, the pregnant teenager, to visit her older cousin. We would expect Elizabeth to visit the Mother of the Son of God. However, it is Mary with Jesus who visits. As […]

Saturday 4 February

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21; Psalm 23; Mark 6:30-34 Solitude There is a yearning in each of us to grow in self-knowledge and to be at peace with what we find within ourselves. That yearning is nurtured when we experience solitude. In solitude we have the opportunity to nourish the soul. Solitude offers us a place for […]