Wednesday 30 November

From Marist Messenger 30 November St Andrew Romans 10:9-18; Ps 19:8-11; Matthew 4:18-22 At once The phrase that arrested me in today’s gospel was “at once”, or “immediately” as in some translations. It occurs twice – once with the call of Andrew and Peter and then with the call of James and John. There is an urgency about it. No looking back or spending time deciding. What was it in Jesus that made this call all encompassing and seemingly urgent? It was the mission to spread the Good News. How urgently do I respond to the call of Jesus in my daily life? Maybe the call for me is giving time – a phone call or a visit to someone in need. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 29 November

From Marist Messenger 29 November Isaiah 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Luke 10:21-24 Joy and thanksgiving The mood in today’s gospel is one of joy and thanksgiving. Jesus’ relationship with the Father is expressed and its closeness is revealed. Then Jesus includes his disciples and says “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see… and hear what you hear”. We too are those disciples. May our eyes, ears and our hearts remain open to receive the gift that Jesus offers. Through this may we too experience the closeness of God in our lives. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 28 November

From Marist Messenger 28 November Isaiah 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-9; Matthew 8:5-11 Authority or compassion The response of the centurion to Jesus is very familiar to us. It is our response before we receive holy communion. I think the centurion recognised Jesus’ compassion rather than his authority. After all, he had the faith to know Jesus would respond in this way. I am not worthy – what does it mean for me? Is it the acknowledgement that we need God’s grace, God’s compassion and God’s healing touch? We receive the gift of Jesus in Holy Communion. Like the centurion, we give thanks for the gift given. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 27 November

From Marist Messenger 27 November First Sunday of Advent (Year A) Isaiah 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 Stand ready We now experience a change in emphasis in the readings and there is a feeling of expectation and rejoicing. And there is the urgency to be ready. In Romans we hear “the time has come”. We are in the light and the darkness is overcome. So let us live lives worthy of the Light that is to come. Let us be ready as we anticipate the birth of the Saviour who will bring salvation. “Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.” Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Saturday 26 November

From Marist Messenger 26 November Apocalypse 22:1-7; Ps 95:1-7; Luke 21:34-36 Stay awake Today is the last day of the Church’s Liturgical year. For the last two weeks we have had readings from Apocalypse (which I have not commented on). Today we are at the end of chapter 21 in Luke’s gospel. It is filled with images of abundance and fulfilment where the “Lord God will be their light”. Luke ends this chapter with an exhortation to “be alert at all times”, and pray for strength. We are also introduced to Advent with the psalm response being “Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.” Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 25 November

From Marist Messenger 25 November Apocalypse 20:1-4,11-21:2; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a; Luke 21:29-33 Hope abounds This parable of the fig tree follows on from the sombre verses in Luke 21 which have told us that all that is known will cease to be and the Son of Man will come. This parable today continues to point us to hope. After the dead of winter we notice budding on trees and with it comes the promise of spring and summer. So too Jesus promises that his words will never pass away. What words of Jesus give you hope today? Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 24 November

From Marist Messenger 24 November St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions Apocalypse 18:1-2,21-23;19:1-3,9; Ps 100:2-5; Luke 21:20-28 Hope and trust We are nearing the end of the Church’s year and the theme of doom continues. I wonder how the disciples felt when they were hearing these messages from Jesus. How do you feel on reading today’s gospel? We have heard instruction to stand firm. We have heard the call to persevere and endure difficulties. Now we are urged to stand up because “redemption is drawing near”. Today let us renew our hope and trust in God who redeems us. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine