Wednesday 23 September

From Marist Messenger ST PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA, PRIEST (M) Proverbs 30:5-9; Psalm 119:33-40; Luke 9:1-6 Trust and humility Jesus is full of trust and humility. Jesus places great trust in the apostles to carry on with the work he had begun. Then he asks the apostles to be like him, and to come before people in great humility, with nothing but the message of God’s kingdom, and with God’s authority to heal. As we try to be Jesus’ disciples, we can think about what work Jesus has entrusted to us, and how we can carry it out humbly. Leave a Response

Tuesday 22 September

From Marist Messenger Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13; Psalm 119:1-8;Luke 8:19-21 Loved like family The message of compassion is repeated in today’s readings. It comes from Proverbs. All rituals must be observed with a sincere heart – by being upright and just, and not haughty nor proud. Jesus goes one step further. When we hear the word of God and put it into practice, we become the brothers and sisters of Jesus. We aren’t mere followers, we are family. The trouble with family is they know you too well! But this is also a great comfort. Jesus wants us to be our true selves with him. Leave a Response

Monday 21 September

From Marist Messenger ST MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST (F) Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Psalm 19; Matthew 9:9-13 Have compassion The Psalm gives praise for God’s creation. The laws of the universe even impressed Stephen Hawking, and, in them, he found something to believe in. But rules and laws, though admirable, are not where Jesus is at. He wants us to be compassionate. The Pharisees were upset when Jesus sat with sinners and tax collectors. But Jesus made it very plain – mercy is what pleases me, not sacrifice. Jesus, help us to grow in compassion. Leave a Response

Sunday 20 September

From Marist Messenger 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145; Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Matthew 20:1-16 Trust in God All the readings invite us to reflect on the tender heart of God. In the Psalm, Yahweh is praised for his tenderness, and being full of faithful love. In Isaiah, Yahweh is rich in forgiveness. In Paul, the only life worth living is a life in Christ and Paul longs to be in heaven. Finally, in Matthew, with the parable of the vineyard, the workers are all paid the same even though they worked different hours. Here God is both just and generous. So let us trust in God with all our hearts. Tagged as: Sunday Leave a Response

Saturday 19 September

From Marist Messenger 1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49; Psalm 56; Luke 8:4-15 Parable of the Sower Pope Francis reflects on the parable of the sower. Our heart, like the soil, can be good and then the Word bears fruit – and so much – but it can also be hard, impermeable. Pope Francis encourages us to go before Jesus in prayer and reconciliation so that Jesus, the good sower, will be happy to carry out an additional work: to purify our heart, removing the stones and thorns that choke the Word. May we persevere in our faith in Jesus. Leave a Response

Friday 18 September

From Marist Messenger 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Psalm 17; Luke 8:1-3 Christ is risen Some of Paul’s Christians were saying there is no resurrection of the dead. This is just like today. Some people are no longer sure there is an afterlife. Paul would certainly have something to say about that. But since he isn’t here, it’s up to us to talk about our beliefs. We can assure our colleagues, friends and family that there is life after death because Christ has been raised from the dead. Alleluia! Leave a Response

Thursday 17 September

From Marist Messenger 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Psalm 118; Luke 7:36-50 Seeking forgiveness In Luke’s gospel, it was kind of Jesus to defend the woman against Simon, the Pharisee. Simon saw a sinner who shouldn’t even be in the house. But Jesus saw a woman who loved much. She made Jesus welcome when Simon had not. Jesus forgave her sins and sent her away with a blessing of peace. This woman shows us how to seek forgiveness before God – with all our hearts. The reading also offers us a challenge – to look at others, not with harsh, judgemental eyes like Simon, but with the loving eyes of Jesus. Leave a Response