Author: Living Word Team

“Christian Twist”

> Readings On this feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, our first reading is from Zechariah 2:14-17. “Let all mankind be silent before the Lord! For he is awaking and coming from his holy dwelling.” In all forms of spirituality – Christian or otherwise – silence is a non-negotiable ingredient. Zechariah, however, gives silence a “Christian twist.” Silence is understood as a “means to an end.” Tha...

Be prepared!

> Readings Those of us that went through Cubs and Scouts, etc., will remember the motto, “Be prepared.” Its only sensible after all. In the military, anybody likely to be in helicopters with any frequency takes part in HUET – Helicopter Underwater Escape Training. It involves several people being thoroughly trained then being placed in a mock-up helicopter which is dropped into a deep swimming ...

Name Your Price

> Readings Today, Jesus tasks you with an incredible job: to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. Quite the job description, so what do you think it’s worth? Name your price? The price Jesus offers is far greater than any amount of gold or silver could compare. It is living a life inspired by the Holy Spirit: a life of love. God loves you not for anything you’ve d...

Are you a “lost sheep”?

> Readings Jesus sends the apostles out to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel”. These “lost sheep” are described in the first reading as a people of “divided heart”, who have turned from God to rely on their own riches and giftedness to take care of them.  This has not worked for them, and now they have become cynical and despairing. The proph...

Sharpen your Sickle

> Readings Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness. The image of Jesus travelling ‘through all the towns and villages’ lead me to imagine a similar tour by some of Jesus’ modern-day Australian disciples through the towns and villages of rural New South Wales. What i...

Love Within

> Readings Psalm 47 proclaims: Your merciful love, O God, we have received in the midst of your temple. The psalmist has had an experience of God’s love. She has received something special and the normal response when you receive gratuitously is to share the news. Notice that the gift received is in the “temple.” That’s interesting to say the least. We are the temple. We receive God’s love in o...

Who me?

> Readings When I read this Gospel, I immediately think of a beautiful painting by Caravaggio – The Calling of Matthew. Caravaggio’s art captures the instant when Christ’s gaze calls Matthew to an entirely new life. “Follow me.” Christ’s feet are already pointing towards the door – Matthew must make a quick decision to follow him. The cost of following Jesus, for Matthew, was significant. Simil...

What’s the answer?

> Readings Have you ever asked yourself “what do I want to do with my life?” I have… and I really want the answer! The Gospel today gives us Christ’s answer in two simple, powerful commandments: love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength; and, love your neighbour as yourself. God wants you to love Him how He loves you, with everything. God is love. You were...

Giving Unto Caesar

> Readings In today’s Gospel, we have the famous dialogue between Jesus and the Pharisees and Herodians about paying taxes to Rome. This issue was naturally a flashpoint within the Jewish community in Israel at the time and Jesus’ opponents thought they had Him nailed. Whatever answer He gave, they thought, they could make it go very badly for Him. ‘Is it permissible to pay taxes to Caesar or n...

Rejoice and Be Glad 7

> Readings The opening prayer for today’s Mass is instructive: “O God, whose providence never fails in its design, keep from us all that might harm us …” Pope Francis, in his teaching on practical holiness, speaks of the devil: “The devil does not need to possess us. He poisons us with the venom of hatred, desolation, envy and vice. When we let down our guard, he takes advantage of it to destro...

Unblock it

> Readings Do you know the ‘block’ button? That opportunity social media gives you, at your fingertips, to erase someone from your life? Yeah, that one. Have you ever used it? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you had one in real life? What if that person you had ‘blocked’ was Christ? The risen Christ dwells amidst us. In the Church, we find His body, where He constantly is speaking t...

Give in to God

> Readings It is best not to read the letter of James if you’re feeling fragile. He doesn’t mince his words. Try this line for example: Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Look at your wretched condition, and weep for it in misery; be miserable instead of laughing, gloomy instead of happy. Of course, there is a reason for his giving his audience a hard time. As we...

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