Prayer

The Purpose of Holiness

> Readings Jesus shows us the point and purpose of holiness in the Jewish law; the recognition of the Holy One. In fact, the Old Testament itself interprets the law this way. Jesus recalls the story of David who fed his men when they were hungry from the Temple provisions. These were the provisio...

Follow = Come + Go

> Readings What is faith? It is a life in relationship with Christ; following Him through participating in the life and mission of the Church. So how do you enter into this relationship? Simple. It is about responding to Christ’s call to ‘come’ and ‘go.’ Jesus asks all who labour and are overburd...

Everything is a gift!

> Readings God’s anger at the arrogance of the Assyrians in the first reading contrasts dramatically with Jesus’ delight in how God blesses the humble, in the Gospel. It would seem pretty clear that God doesn’t operate through our self-confidence and strengths, but rather through our openness to ...

The Power of Repentance

> Readings What is the appropriate and instinctive response when someone encounters Jesus? Well, there is no ‘correct’ emotional response to a genuine encounter with the Lord, but in the spiritual tradition, as responses go, a deep repentance is understood as normal, and certainly beneficial. It ...

“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. Zech...

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...

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 i...

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 car...

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 Je...

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...

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 m...

Master Plan

> Readings There is a genre of films predicated around the hatching of a highly complex plan by confidence tricksters to steal money from an unpleasant villain. Movies like The Sting and Oceans 11 are examples. In each case, the result seems disastrous until the trap within a trap is sprung. Fame...

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