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The Apostles in Stained Glass

The feast of Saints Peter and Paul is on 29 June, and those for Saints Thomas and James are in July. This focusses attention on the apostles. They evangelised the world as they knew it in their lifetimes. But how can we picture them after two millenia? Those who made this window in St Patrick’s […]

Tuesday 11 June

ST BARNABAS, APOSTLE Acts 11:21-26, 13:1-3; Psalm 98; Matthew 10:7-13 The Good News is close at hand Jesus gave his apostles instructions when he sent them out to evangelise. No gold or silver, no haversack, no spare tunic. In other words, join the people you go to. Be one with them, not apart from them. […]

Tuesday 4 September

1 Corinthians 2:10-16; Psalm 145; Luke 4:31-37 Know thyself In the first lines of the first reading, St Paul says that our depths can only be known by ourselves and not by others. However, there can be barriers to self-knowledge. The Holy Spirit can lead us not only to the truth about ourselves but also […]

Wednesday 16 May

Acts 20:28-38; Psalm 68; John 17:11-19 Raised his eyes to heaven Jesus says this long prayer (the whole of chapter 17) aloud so that the disciples can hear and learn. Every verse is important and worthy of reflection, but so too is Jesus attitude of prayer. He is not just sitting chatting, he adopts a […]

Friday 24 March

Hosea 14:2-10; Psalm 81; Mark 12:28-34 The greatest commandment Scientists continue to seek, perhaps in vain, the ‘theory of everything,’ the encapsulation and understanding of the entirety of the universe in one mathematical equation. When it comes to the Commandments however, Jesus has done just that, encapsulating the whole of the Law in one two-part […]

Thursday 26 January

SAINTS TIMOTHY AND TITUS 2 Timothy 1:1-8; Psalm 95:1-3, 7-8, 10;Mark 4:21-25 Generous and open Timothy and Titus were close friends of St Paul and bishops in their own right. Both as companions and as leaders they acted with generosity and integrity, always being willing to take on whatever Paul or the community asked of […]

Wednesday 25 January

THE CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL Acts 22:3-16; Psalm 116:1-2; Mark 16:15-18 Listening to God Most of us will not experience a conversion as dramatic as St Paul’s but nevertheless there is much we have in common with him. We, too, need to acknowledge that our lives are not always what they should be. We need […]

Monday 31 October

Philippians 2:1-4, Ps.131, Luke 14:12-14 Simplicity If Jesus were here and now, using our language, he would probably have a lot to say about the out-of-control ego, that rampant me-first monster that creates all evil in the world. He describes it with other words, as does St Paul in his letter. The spiritual life is […]

Carrying a Sword

I passed through Nelson at the beginning of this year and joined Fr Tony Kearns and congregation at the 8:30am Sunday Mass. As Fr Tony and I waited in front of the church before processing in I noticed a change in the façade – St Paul had a sword! In the Marist Messenger of March […]

Friday 16 October

Romans 4:1-8, Ps 32, Luke 12:1-7 Faith in God St Paul writes in the letter to the Romans “What shall we say about Abraham, the ancestor from whom we are all descended?” We know that Abraham put his faith in God. We put our faith in God every time we pray for someone in need […]