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The Death of Jesus

The disbelief One of the objections devout Muslims have to Christianity is that the All Holy and All Powerful One could die as a man. Others, who lean towards conspiracy theories, believe that Jesus’ disciples rescued him from the cross, then hid him, while spreading abroad the story that he had risen. They, like many […]

Meditation for Lent – The Cross

One year I took my then four year old granddaughter to church and we happened to sit beside the twelfth Station of the Cross. When I explained about the Crucifixion and the events that had led up to it, she looked very solemn and, understandably, said that she thought “His mummy must have been very […]

Friday 29 December

1 John 2:3-11; Psalm 96; Luke 2:22-35 Simeon in the temple We meet today another witness to the birth of the messiah in the person of Simeon, an “upright and devout man”. When he sees Jesus he thanks God and says he can "go in peace" now that he has seen the saviour. He also […]

Wednesday 6 September

Colossians 1:1-8, Psalm 52, Luke 4:38-44 Healer and challenger St. Peter’s mother-in-law was suffering from a fever. Jesus Christ did not waste time in making her better. He simply healed her. When I get in a tizz, a 'fever,' about the trials of being a family person trying to follow Jesus Christ, he comes to […]

Sunday 3 September

22ND Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 20:7-9, Psalm 63, Romans 12:1-2, Matthew 16:21-27 Hope through suffering Peter’s reaction to Christ’s information is a classic response of a human being to a god. We want our gods to be gods, not human like us. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He wants to be […]

Thursday 20 July

Exodus 3:13–20; Psalm 105; Matthew 11:28–30 Come to me The invitation of Jesus, ‘Come to me…’ echoes Wisdom’s call (Proverbs 9:4– 5) and extends to ‘all.’ Everyone not yet disciples and who are wearied and burdened by human existence are invited to find salvation. ‘Heavy laden’ describes the ‘heavy yoke’ of daily life. According to […]

Wednesday 12 April

Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 69; Matthew 26:14-25 Listen like a disciple The Lord did not turn away from suffering and death, for it was the means by which he was to redeem the world. He was utterly open to the Father’s will, ‘making no resistance,’ knowing that God would come to his help. Pray for the […]

Francis Speaks – Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities

An abridged version of the Pope’s homily on the occasion of the Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities (12 June 2016): God chose what is weak ‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me’ (Gal 2:19). In these words, the […]

Saturday 9 July

Isaiah 6:1-8; Ps 93; Matthew 10:24-33 Endure to the last Although being obedient to God’s word can be very difficult indeed at times, it is nothing compared to the suffering of those who who give way and deny him. As even small sins hurt us, deliberately denying God – bearing false witness to yourself and […]

Sunday 27 March

EASTER SUNDAYResurrection of the Lord Acts 10:34, 37-43, Ps 118, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-9 ALLELUIA We are now witnesses to the risen Christ. In one way our journey with him is over, our suffering lifted up, we are risen with Christ, our sins are forgiven. In another way we are just beginning our true lives […]