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To encounter mystery

To encounter Jesus is to encounter mystery. Who knows really what to expect in such a meeting? The possibilities – all for the good – are endless. It is quite conceivable though for one to pull back at the sheer scale of the event, to baulk at the unknown, to retreat into a safe place rather than open oneself to possibility.

July 5, 2015 Edit Remove
A time to fast

 "Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not?" Jesus replied, "Surely the bridegroom's attendants would never think of mourning as long as the bridegroom is still with them? But the time will come for the bridegroom to be taken away from them, and then they will fast." 

July 4, 2015 Edit Remove
‘My Lord and my God’

Cease to be incredulous but be believing. The episode of the incredulity of Thomas helps to strengthen our faith. Thomas knew his companions did not intend to deceive him when they told him that Jesus had appeared. But he did not accept their testimony. 

July 3, 2015 Edit Remove
Back home

“Get up”: The man, who lay there before them helpless now rises on his own strength at the command of Jesus. “Pick up your bed”: He who was carried on this unlikely throne now takes it home himself, to the privacy of the room where it belongs. “Go off home”:  Return to the safety of your space. Be at peace. Rest there a while.

July 2, 2015 Edit Remove
When Jesus visits

Do my selfish narrow concerns cause me to lose sight of the life and death issues that others face? Can I find it within me to rejoice at the good fortune of others? These are a couple questions that today’s Gospel may prompt.

July 1, 2015 Edit Remove
Perfect love

We easily identify with the Gospel story of the calming of the storm.  In today’s account from St Mathew’s Gospel (8:23-27), Jesus is with his disciples in the boat on the rough sea, but he is asleep. His companions frantically wake him, saying, “Save us, Lord, we are going down!”. Jesus responds with, “Why are you so frightened, you men of little of faith?”

June 30, 2015 Edit Remove
Celebrating St Peter

Today, Monday June 29, the entire Church celebrates St Peter, first among the Apostles. Like many of His early followers, Peter heard Jesus’s call from the street-corners, synagogues and fishing-ports of lakeside Galilean towns. Jesus appeared among them, familiar with their daily struggles, entering their homes, sharing their workplace, always close to the heartbeat of His people

June 29, 2015 Edit Remove
A daring faith

"If I can touch even his clothes," she had told herself "I shall be well again." And the source of the bleeding dried up instantly, and she felt in herself that she was cured of her complaint.

June 28, 2015 Edit Remove
An unexpected faith

[The centurion said to Jesus,] "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another, 'Come here,' and he comes; and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." 

June 27, 2015 Edit Remove
'Be made clean'

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.

And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, "Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean."

He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, "I will do it. Be made clean." His leprosy was cleansed immediately.

June 26, 2015 Edit Remove