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Sunday 19 September

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 Let’s get our priorities right Jesus talks to his friends about what is going to happen to him. Confused, they argue about who is the most important. So Jesus takes a child and explains that how they treat children is how […]

Sunday 12 September

24th sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 50:5-9; Psalm 116:1-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 Whoops Peter got 10 out of 10 for his answer to the Religious education question Jesus put to him. He had learnt well. Then whoops, their relationship turned to custard. Jesus explained what being the Christ would mean both for him and […]

Sunday 5 September

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 35:4-7 Psalm 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37 “Ephphatha!” – “Be opened!” Fear shuts us down and holds us back from being who God made us to be and who Jesus shows us how to be. Be still, relax, sit quietly and breathe in and out deeply. Hear Jesus whispering: […]

Sunday 29 August

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Listen to me and understand One of the common observations of lockdown is that we could hear the birds again. Industrial noise was silenced so that tui, kōkako, and fantail could all have their say. This is […]

Sunday 22 August

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time Joshua 24:1- 2, 15-18; Psalm 34; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 Lord, to whom shall we go? I am sure we can all resonate with those words of Joshua. I always enjoy listening to this reading. I try to imagine the people I minister with gathered around the decision of a […]

Sunday 15 August

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (S) Apocalypse 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Psalm 45; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56 Blessed among women We honour Mary especially today. Our early missionary, Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier, in the Hokianga in 1838, celebrated his first Mass in Aotearoa and dedicated our land to Mary in her Assumption. So, we remember […]

Sunday 8 August

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34; Ephesians 4:30-5:2; John 6:41-51 The living bread I am sure that some of us have developed the art of bread-making. I enjoy the aroma and the eating of bread. I wonder if Jesus enjoyed the aroma and then the eating of homemade bread? He makes […]

Sunday 1 August

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35 Work for food that endures How we choose to spend our energy is one of those ‘life questions.’ A question to take to our retreat or to a time of prayer. The weekend can be a good moment for some […]

Sunday 25 July

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145, Ephesians 4:1-6, John 6:1-15 God feeds God’s people The story of Jesus feeding with bread is told six times in the Gospels, so it is important. John places it around the Passover when people remembered Moses feeding with manna in the desert. 5 plus 2 […]

Sunday 18 July

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 23:1-6, Psalm 23, Ephesians 2:13-18, Mark 6:30-34 Sheep without a shepherd Jeremiah saw Jerusalem captured, the Temple destroyed, and God’s people exiled. He blamed poor leaders, comparing them with the coming Messiah. St Paul reminds us that division is over. Jew and Gentile are reconciled in Christ. God’s peace […]