Monday 20 September

From Marist Messenger 20 September Sts Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions (M) Ezra 1:1-6; Psalm 126; Luke 8:16-18 Shine your light St Andrew Kim Taegon was martyred because of his total commitment to his faith. He said “We have received baptism, entrance into the Church, and the honour of being called Christians. Yet what good will this do us if we are Christians in name only and not in fact?” The fact is that at Baptism we are given a candle/lamp and commissioned to be servant priests, prophets proclaiming radical love and leaders bringing about the reign of God. Light a candle today and pray that your Christian life becomes a beacon that draws others to Christ’s love and changes the world Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 19 September

From Marist Messenger 19 September 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 Let’s get our priorities right Jesus talks to his friends about what is going to happen to him. Confused, they argue about who is the most important. So Jesus takes a child and explains that how they treat children is how they treat him. Children had no value and were powerless in his time. In our country thousands of our children live below the poverty line. Overseas thousands of children die every day. Jesus teaches us to see and serve him in the poor, vulnerable and powerless. We argue about church buildings. Reach out and help a child or powerless person this week. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Saturday 18 September

From Marist Messenger 18 September 1 Timothy 6:13-16; Psalm 100; Luke 8:4-15 Can you see your fertile soil? Jesus is the sower. His seeds are seeds of love, wisdom, hope, mercy, courage, justice and compassion. He plants them in us through his Word, Body and Blood, creation and all living creatures. His seeds are life giving and transformational. They take root when we find a place for them and nourish them with water and even the manure of our lives. Draw a picture of the seeds that Jesus has planted in you and celebrate their growth in you. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 17 September

From Marist Messenger 17 September 1 Timothy 6:2-12; Psalm 49; Luke 8:1-3 The role of women Today we hear that Jesus went to many places proclaiming the Good News. Women are identified as being there “as well.” Fortunately, the women “had been cured of ailments and evil spirits” and had therefore made the cut to be there. These same women provided for their men “out of their own resources” and were a significant part of the mission of Christ. It’s a struggle at times to be a woman in our church. Have a think and pray that we can all discern the signs of these times. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 16 September

From Marist Messenger 16 September Sts Cornelius & Cyprian (M) 1 Timothy 4:12-16; Psalm 111; Luke 7: 36-50 Love works Jesus goes to an important person’s house. A woman with a very bad reputation turns up. We can assume that she was a prostitute whom ‘decent’ people didn’t socialise with, although they may have paid for her services in private. She seeks Jesus out, weeps, anoints his feet and wipes them with her hair. She cares for Jesus with a generous and kind spirit, making the bold and first move. He responds with love and true compassion. It is at our most vulnerable times when our shells crack that light can get in. Today make a bold personal move and take something to Jesus that needs forgiveness. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 15 September

From Marist Messenger 15 September Hebrews 5:7-9; Psalm 31; John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35 Our Lady of Sorrows (M) In pain with us His parents took the child Jesus to the temple. A kind, holy man Simeon took Jesus gently in his arms. Simeon looked at Mary and told her that a sword will pierce her heart. Mary will suffer and experience unbearable pain because of her son and what they do to him. There is a natural order of life. Children live longer than their parents. When a parent loses a child it is unbearable. Mary is a woman who knows pain. Ask her to help you to live through your pain and suffering. She will be with you. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 14 September

From Marist Messenger 14 September EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (f) Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 78, Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17 God loved the world so much The readings of this ancient feast day draw us into the very heart of God. Story, poetry and symbol give us glimpses of God’s all-embracing love, made visible in Jesus’ death on the cross. Generations of believers in distress have come to the cross for peace, courage and hope – to get enough strength and energy to keep going. Simply place a cross in your hand or sit before a cross. Sit and gaze in silence and awe before the mystery of God’s unfailing love. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine