Prayer

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...

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 neigh...

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, th...

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 ...

Bearing fruit and moving mountains

> Readings The structure of today’s Gospel passage seems strange. It begins with a story of Jesus cursing a fig tree for not having fruit, transitions to Jesus clearing the money changers from the Temple and finishes back at the fig tree with a message about the importance of faith. The only thin...

Who Needs Bread?

> Readings You do. Today we celebrate Corpus Christi – the Body of Christ – where Jesus say to you, ‘this is my body; this is my blood.’ The Eucharist is central to the life, mission, and prayer of the Catholic Church. It is at the heart of our faith and gives meaning to all we believe. Why? Our ...

Love’s choice…

> Readings There is a story told about Jesus appearing to St Catherine of Siena and offering her a choice of a crown of gold or a crown of thorns. In love with Jesus, and desiring to imitate him in all things, she chose the crown of thorns. Today’s gospel shows Jesus trying to warn his disciples ...

Rejoice and Be Glad 6

> Readings Today’s opening prayer proclaims peace: Grant us, O Lord, we pray, that the course of our world may be directed by your peaceful rule. Pope Francis in his teaching on holiness proclaims: Christians too can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet in the various ...

‘Looking for loopholes’

> Readings Two stories. Famed American comedian WC Fields was noted for his hostility to Christianity. A friend came to visit him in hospital late in his life and was amazed to find him reading the Bible. He explained that he was “Just looking for loopholes.” During the Russian Civil War, a group...

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