Tuesday 19 January

From Marist Messenger Hebrews 6:10-20; Psalm 111; Mark 2:23-28 To know what is right It is a cold law that would make men and women suffer needlessly, unjustly. Not everything that is illegal is immoral. And not everything that is immoral is illegal. This basic distinction between legality and morality is part of our understanding of the world. And the true disciple of Christ must know when he or she is called upon to break the law in order to do what is right and just before God. To be able to discern such moments and act with integrity we must be filled with the wisdom of Christ himself. Let us pray for his wisdom. Leave a Response

Monday 18 January

From Marist Messenger Hebrews 5:1-10; Psalm 110; Mark 2:18-22 Joy in the Lord When Jesus compares himself to a bridegroom he is reminding us that he has brought glad tidings, Good News to the world. Restored in and through Jesus our relationship with God is one of joyful love now, not fear. Despite the problems and difficulties we encounter, possibly every day of our lives, we should have a peace in our hearts that the world cannot give. In the very depths of our being there should be a serene conviction that, no matter what happens to us, all will be well, all will be well. Do we have this conviction? Leave a Response

Sunday 17 January

From Marist Messenger 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 3:3-10,19; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42 Look with the eyes of faith John, the writer of the Gospel, describes the call of the first disciples in a way that is full of seeing, looking, watching! But what he is describing is not just something physical – the eyes gazing – John is sharing a deeper truth with us: we have to look with our hearts, to know the truth of what lies before our eyes in this world. We have to look with the eyes of faith to know the truth about Jesus. The Gospel reveals its truth only to those who believe! Tagged as: faith, Ordinary Time, Sunday Leave a Response

Saturday 16 January

From Marist Messenger Hebrews 4:12-16; Psalm 19; Mark 2:13-17 The call to sinners Tax collectors paid a fixed sum for the right to collect customs duties within their districts. Since whatever they could collect above this amount constituted their profit the abuse of extortion was widespread among them. Consequently, men like Levi were feared and despised. We could liken them to members of the Mafia – except they had the law on their side! Jesus, it must be said, was not exactly mixing with loveable rogues! To truly follow Jesus we should be willing to find ourselves in the company of socially suspect people. Can we imagine ourselves doing so? Leave a Response

Friday 15 January

From Marist Messenger Hebrews 4:1-5, 11; Psalm 78; Mark 2:1-12 They removed the roof It is easy to forget the faith-filled actions of the people who made such an extraordinary effort to carry the sick man to Jesus, lift him onto the roof of the house, dig a hole and lower him into the room before Jesus. The consequent debate with scribes can distract us. But Jesus recognised their faith. That is why he cured the paralytic. The faith of the sick man’s companions should inspire us to remain steadfast in our prayers for those whom we cherish but who need our help because of their weakness. Christ will notice us! Leave a Response

Thursday 14 January

From Marist Messenger 14 January Hebrews 3:7-14; Psalm 95; Mark 1:40-45 But he went out … Once healed, the leper could not restrain himself. His good news just had to be shared in some way. This is the rhythm of grace. When someone truly meets Christ then they cannot contain themselves. People who have been touched by Christ want to talk about it! Think of Mary after the Annunciation; she goes to Elizabeth. Think of the Apostles at Pentecost; they go out into the streets of Jerusalem to preach. Is God’s grace truly at work in our lives? Just check if you want to talk about Christ, share him with others! Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 13 January

From Marist Messenger 13 January Hebrews 2:14-18; Psalm 105; Mark 1:29-39 A typical day in the ministry of Jesus Many Scripture experts have commented that Mark is presenting, in summary form, a typical day in the ministry of Jesus. Prayer, proclamation of the Good News and works of mercy filled his every day. The more he became known the greater demands on his time. Mark even records that people were searching for him long before daybreak! Can we hope to emulate this tireless giving of himself that is the hallmark of his ministry? Perhaps not. But we can promise to be truly attentive to those in whose company we find ourselves each day. Is that too much to ask? Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine