Prayer

Revelation or Reason?

> Readings Does your belief depend on your own understanding? In other words, do you try to fit revelation into your own reason? Jesus’ challenge today is to break away from the belief of the world, to not limit God to our own understanding and to reject the presumption that ‘seeing is believing....

Learning to see things God’s way…

> Readings In his book, Francis of Assisi, G.K. Chesterton speaks movingly of the complete “spiritual overturn in which complete humiliation becomes complete holiness or happiness” that Francis underwent in his conversion from a hedonistic young man seeking worldly glory to the joyous beggar we a...

“Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother”

> Readings In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us into the most intimate of associations: the motley band of those who, like Jesus, desire nothing more passionately than to do the will of his Father. Jesus taught us to call God our Father and encouraged us to pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done...

It’s That Simple

> Readings Can it be that simple? Surely God is asking more of us? The call to holiness is complex, difficult and stupendous? Yes? Well, actually no. Context is everything. The prophet Micah does just that for us. He tells us today that God leads us out of enslavement to the “Egyptians.” The temp...

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...

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