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The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

8 February: Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan, in 1869. She was nine when she was kidnapped and sold as a slave, so traumatised by the experience that she could no longer remember her name. Her captors named her ‘bakhita’, which means ‘fortunate’. In 1882, she became the property of the Italian consul, whose family […]

Wednesday 25 December

Christmas Day (S) Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14 We saw his glory The true light that enlightens all women and men has come into the world. So brilliant, the darkness cannot overcome it. We have seen his glory. Or have we? A strange and mystifying splendour it is — a helpless […]

Friday 20 September

STS ANDREW TAEGON, PAUL CHONG HASANG AND COMPANIONS (M) 1 Timothy 6:2-12; Psalm 49; Luke 8:1-3 The women who followed Jesus What a beautiful passage! Not only Mary Magdalene, Joanna and Susana but many other women followed Jesus with his apostles! We might recall that, apart from the beloved disciple, it was only the women […]

MM 50 Years Ago

As we see it … the “giant leap for mankind” All of us would echo the words of the Holy Father in his dedicatory inscription that was placed on the surface of the moon: “For the glory of the name of God who gives man such power, we pray and wish well for this marvellous […]

Sunday 23 December

4th Sunday of Advent Micah 5:1-4; Psalm 79 (80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44a Knowing what God has done for her Often biblical women are unnamed. Elizabeth is extraordinary. Not only is she named, we are told she is from the priestly tribe of Aaron. After she becomes pregnant, her lifelong relationship with God […]

Friday 21 December

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18; Psalm 32 (33):2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Luke 1:39-45 In their bodiliness When she heard Mary’s greeting, the Spirit-filled Elizabeth offers the first of the many blessings in this gospel. She blesses Mary in her own person first, in her own right, and then after that blesses the fruit of […]

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 […]