Tuesday 15 June

From Marist Messenger 15 June 2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Ps 146; Matthew 5:43-48 Being perfect Farid Ahmed was hit by a drunk driver and left paralysed. He forgave the driver. Farid’s wife was killed in the attack at the Al Noor Mosque. He has forgiven the killer. We do not have to like those who hurt us. But we are invited to be perfect just as our heavenly Father is perfect. He makes his sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust. Let Farid’s example inspire us to pray for the sun to rise on anyone who may have hurt us. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 14 June

From Marist Messenger 14 June 2 Corinthians 6:1-10; Ps 98; Matthew 5:38-42 Be reconciled A young pupil of mine once asked me, “Who was that person who said, ‘turn the other cheek’?” I told him it was Jesus, to which he answered, “Well, he was a very stupid man.” What do you think? Have you ever thought about what Jesus meant? There are thousands of interpretations provided online. But perhaps today, just identify one person to whom you could offer a gesture of reconciliation. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 13 June

From Marist Messenger 13 June 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time Ezekiel 17:22-24; Ps 92; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34 Good things take time When seeds are sprouting and growing, you cannot see the change taking place any more than you can see the minute hand’s movement on a watch. But you can see a change has occurred if you look regularly over time. The scattered seeds of the kingdom of God are sown in your soul. They are sprouting and growing, but the change is subtle. Take a time-lapse view of yourself to see how the seeds have grown. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you see. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Saturday 12 June

From Marist Messenger 12 June The Immaculate Heart of Mary (M) 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Ps 103; Matthew 5:33-37 Ambassador for Christ Sister Ann Rose went down on her knees in front of armed police in Myanmar and pleaded with them to stop shooting protesters agitating against the recent coup. “I told them that they can kill me; I am not standing up until they give their promise that they will not brutally crackdown on protesters.” Her plea was not successful. At least two protesters were killed. Rose has a heart like Mary’s, filled with maternal love and compassion. She is an ambassador for Christ; He appealed through her. We are all ambassadors for Christ. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 10 June

From Marist Messenger 10 June 2 Corinthians 3:15-4:1, 3-6; Ps 85; Matthew 5:20-26 Anger can be OK Anger is a perfectly acceptable emotion; even Jesus got angry with the buyers and sellers in the Temple. But like all our emotions, anger can be used for good or for ill. Good anger motivates us to protect ourselves and to protect others. Destructive anger, particularly brooding anger, makes us call people “fool” and “renegade;” it can even move us to hurt or even kill. So if you feel angry with someone, either fix it or forget it. Easier said than done! If you can’t resolve your anger, tell God you want to, and wait for his grace. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 9 June

From Marist Messenger 9 June 2 Corinthians 3:4-11; Ps 99; Matthew 5:17-19 A higher law Jesus broke lots of the religious laws of his day. But the word ‘law’ in the Gospel reading today is a translation of the Hebrew ‘Torah.’ It means the whole of divine revelation made to Israel. So Jesus is saying he has come to complete the revelation. He is not saying you must wash your arms up to the elbows. Human beings seem to have a tendency, though, to sweat the small stuff – communion in the hand or on the tongue? And we ignore big stuff – care for the poor. It so much easier that way. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 8 June

From Marist Messenger 8 June 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Ps 119:129-133; Matthew 5:13-16 The spark of the divine Sometimes the problem does not consist in hiding our lamps; rather, we don’t realise we are lights in the first place. A few people are giant beacons, but all of us are at least LEDs. There is the spark of the divine in each of us, and it shines intensely. Can you recall a recent event when you were the light, if not of the world maybe, but at least for everyone in the house? Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine