Monday 14 October

From Marist Messenger 14 October Romans 1:1-7; Psalm 98; Luke 11:29-32 Jesus, the sign of Jonah In the Old Testament, Jonah preached to the Assyrians of Nineveh; and the Queen of Sheba visited Jerusalem to listen to the wisdom of Solomon. The pagan Assyrians repented and were saved. The pagan Queen was entranced by the graced wisdom of Solomon. Jesus is far greater than Jonah and Solomon, yet the “wicked generation” of unbelieving Israel rejected the mercy and wisdom Jesus offered them. Lord Jesus, I believe in you. May I never reject you. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Sunday 13 October

From Marist Messenger 13 October 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Day of Prayer to Respect Human Life 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Only two foreigners returned to praise and thank God Naaman, a foreigner and leper – plus the ten lepers – were social outcasts in Jewish society, yet were healed because, in their desire to be cleansed, they believed in the one, true God of Israel. God’s prophet Elisha directed Naaman to immerse himself seven times in the Jordan River: Jesus directed the lepers to show themselves to the priests. All were cleansed, but only two – and they were Gentiles – praised and thanked God for their healing. Christian prayer contains one or more of these elements: Petition, Praise, Thanksgiving, Sorrow. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Saturday 12 October

From Marist Messenger 12 October Joel 4:12-21; Psalm 97; Luke 11:27-28 Give glory to his holy name A woman in the crowd listening to Jesus, spontaneously praised him by praising his mother: “Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!” Jesus replied that, in God’s eyes, his mother’s relationship of Spirit-filled obedience in faith is greater because it enabled her to become his mother: “Still happier are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Through Mary, ask Jesus for the grace of obedient faith, hope and love. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Friday 11 October

From Marist Messenger 11 October Joel 1:13-15, 2:1-2; Psalm 9:1-6; Luke 11:15-26 Pope St John XXIII (OM) The day of the Lord is coming The Old Testament prophet Joel warned the people that “the day of the Lord is coming, yes it is near”. In his public ministry of teaching, healing and casting out devils, Jesus proclaimed that the day of the Lord had come: that he is stronger than Beelzebul because he is the “finger” of God. Jesus embodies the kingdom of God present among us. Renew your faith in Jesus who reveals God’s kingdom present among us. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 10 October

From Marist Messenger 10 October Malachi 3:13-20; Psalm 1; Luke 11:5-13 The one who asks always receives The parable of the friend knocking on the door at midnight to ask his friend for bread contrasts the miserly response of the sleepy friend: “Do not bother me”, with the generous response of Jesus: ”Ask and it will be given to you … the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him”. As parents give their children good gifts – never stones, scorpions or snakes – “how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him”. Ask Jesus for your needs, and especially for the Holy Spirit. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Wednesday 9 October

From Marist Messenger 9 October Jonah 4:1-11; Psalm 86; Luke 11:1-4 May God’s name be held holy Christians pray with Jesus in the Holy Spirit to his Father who is ‘our Father’. Jesus begins his prayer by revering his Father’s Holy Name. Then, he begs our Father to establish the Kingdom of heaven in our heart. Every day we’re to ask our Father for the spiritual and temporal bread we need for our daily lives. We ask our Father to forgive our sins as we’ve forgiven those who’ve sinned against us. Finally, with Jesus, ask our Father to protect us in times of testing by the evil one. Pray the Lord’s prayer with Jesus. Marist Messenger – A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Pope Francis sets aside special Sunday for Bible focus

“May the Sunday of the Word of God help his people to grow in religious and intimate familiarity with the sacred Scriptures.” This is Pope Francis’ hope for this day he instituted in his Apostolic Letter published on September 30, in the form of a Motu Proprio of the Holy Father Francis, “Aperuit illis”, instituting the Sunday of the Word of God. Stressing how essential it is for Catholics to familiarize themselves with Christ’s written word, Francis highlights “a day devoted to the Bible should not be seen as a yearly event but rather a year-long event.”