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Friday 15 June

1 Kings 19:9, 11-16, Psalm 27, Matthew 5:27-32 Powerless people When a man was tired of his wife, he could simply write a note of divorce. If the discarded wife could not return to her parents, she had to find a way of supporting herself. Often the only option was prostitution. The gospels suggest that […]

Wednesday 28 February

Jeremiah 18:18-20; Psalm 31; Matthew 20:17-28 To serve is greatness In our first reading, Jeremiah experiences first-hand how the wicked are driven to seek out and destroy what is good, because the good stands ever as their accuser, reminding them of their guilt, and shaming them even in the midst of their arrogance. And power […]

Thursday 8 February

1 Kings 11:4-13; Psalm 106; Mark 7:24-30 The master’s table Solomon grew old and strayed from God’s way. In so doing, Solomon incurred God’s judgement: under his son, Israel will be divided and his son will rule only over a remnant of Israel. From this remnant, God will still work to bring about salvation for […]

Wednesday 18 October

ST LUKE, EVANGELIST Timothy 4:10-17; Psalm 145; Luke 10: 1-9 To become a blessing We are to be a blessing. Jesus asks us to first bless before we do anything else. We are to be women and men of prayer, living our lives knowing that the kingdom of God has drawn near to us. Always, […]

Monday 22 May

Acts 16:11-15; Psalm 149; John 15:26-16:4 Come and stay in my home In Acts today we meet Lydia, a business woman who traded in purple cloth, an expensive commodity at that time. In spite of her busy commercial life, she met regularly with other women for prayer. With open mind and heart, she responded to […]

Monday 17 April

Easter Octave Acts 2:14, 22-33; Psalm 16; Matthew 28:8-15 Filled with joy Bursting with joy, the women ran to tell the disciples that Jesus had risen. It was in their desire to give witness to the risen Lord, and in their actively living that desire, that they found the Lord. So it is with us. […]

Saturday 15 April

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Genesis 1:1-2:2; Psalm 104; Romans 6:3-11; Matthew 28:1-10 Filled with awe The Easter Exultet speaks of the ‘necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer.’ The Exultet itself, like the women at the tomb, is ‘filled with awe.’ And so are we. God died on the […]

Saturday 3 September

Memorial of St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor 1 Corinthians 4:6-15, Ps 145, Luke 6:1-5 Eucharistic hunger Christ feeds the disciple on the Sabbath walk with bread come down from heaven. The disciple walking 7 days in the world reweaves the Genesis gifts into a seamless garment of earth and sea, vegetation with living […]

Monday 28 March

Easter Octave Acts 2:14, 22-33, Ps 16, Matthew 28:8-15 Women of faith Stories and lies denying the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ are all around me today. I can rise above the power they have to undermine my faith. I can see what the women saw because I have been with Christ in death and […]

Saturday 19 March

SOLEMNITY OF ST JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY 2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16, Ps 89, Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22, Matthew 1:16-21, 24 Spiritual graft Lent is a good time for me to contemplate the sort of holy life St Joseph lived. Passing on faith to children does not get the attention and the accolades that a […]