From Marist Messenger https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/2020/04/07/tuesday-7-april-2/ Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71; John 13:21-23,36-38 Light of the Nations There is the contrast between light and darkness, between love and sin. Even the close companions of Jesus fail him at the hour of crisis. He remains more and more isolated and vulnerable. The opposition is overwhelming and his support negligible. In his weakness, helplessness and fragility the power of love will shine through. We pray that our hearts be touched by the Passion Story. Leave a Response
From Marist Messenger https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/2020/04/06/monday-6-april-2/ Isaiah 42:1-7; Psalm 27; John 12:1-11 Here is my Servant Opposition to Jesus increases. Jesus is in danger. Even Lazarus is threatened. Jesus’ faithfulness is evident – he perseveres. His purpose comes into clearer focus: “to open the eyes of the blind, to free captives from prison and who live in darkness from the dungeon”. It is all for us. We need salvation. This is how it all came about. Wonder. Gratitude. Leave a Response
From Marist Messenger https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/2020/04/05/sunday-5-april-2/ Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27,66 Palm Sunday Holy Week begins. We prayerfully relive these last days of Jesus’ life, remembering and pondering. Here we see so clearly faithfulness and love, generosity and courage, perseverance and trust. We let the memory and meaning of these days come to clearer focus and let our hearts be touched by all that happened. The two questions to ponder prayerfully: Who is this who suffered? and Why? Tagged as: Sunday Leave a Response
From Marist Messenger https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/2020/04/04/saturday-4-april-2/ Ezekiel 37:21-28; Canticle: Jeremiah 31:10-14; John 11:45-56 “I will be their God” Ezekiel gives us a captivating glimpse of God’s plan. God wants to gather people together, to rescue them, to cleanse them. “They shall be my people and I will be their God”. To follow Jesus is to accept God’s plan with trust and generosity as Jesus did even when the going becomes difficult and we experience opposition. Leave a Response
From Marist Messenger https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/2020/04/03/friday-3-april-2/ Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 18; John 10:31-42 God is at my side Opposition is closing in on Jesus. His work is made difficult and his life is threatened. Yet he continues his mission. He has committed his cause to his Father and trusts. What follows is a story of complete trust in the Father and of how that trust is met by the utter faithfulness of God. Leave a Response
From Marist Messenger https://www.maristmessenger.co.nz/2020/04/02/thursday-2-april-2/ Genesis 17:3-9; Psalm 105; John 8:51-59 “I am” They picked up stones to throw at him. Here we have a clear picture of the confrontation between light and darkness, love and hate, God and sin. Jesus is presented as the fulfilment of Abraham’s hope and as divine. We ask for deeper faith to know him more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly. We welcome this clear affirmation of who Jesus really is. Leave a Response
Each weekday for the next 14 days, Father James Lyons (Wellington) will be helping us reflect on God’s Word while we are in lockdown. What is God saying to us as we globally unite to defeat Covid-19? THE WATER OF LIFE Setting: Make a prayer space in your room. Whatever else you place there, put a crucifix, a bowl of water and a lit candle. Begin your prayer with the Sign of the Cross, then – Give thanks for this new day: God of life and light, I thank you for another new beginning. For the light shining through my window For the trees and their colours The birds and their songs Though I am, for some days, alone The beauty I see speaks your presence And gives me confidence to live this new day. Frequent hand washing plays a significant role in preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus can survive on hands for up to ten minutes and in that short time can be transferred to anything touched. Cleanliness is vital in the fight against this new virus.