Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 15, 2016
Prayer is so woven into the fabric of what it is to live as a Christian that perhaps sometimes we forget to ask that simple question: “why do we pray?”. And if we forget to ask why we pray, then there must be a danger that one day we may simply forget to pray altogether.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 01, 2016
The drama of prayer is fully revealed to us in the Word who became flesh and dwells among us. To seek to understand his prayer through what his witnesses proclaim to us in the Gospel is to approach the holy Lord Jesus as Moses approached the burning bush: first to contemplate him in prayer, then to hear how he teaches us to pray, in order to know how he hears our prayer.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Sep 24, 2016
Man is in search of God. In the act of creation, God calls every being from nothingness into existence. "Crowned with glory and honour," man is, after the angels, capable of acknowledging "how majestic is the name of the Lord in all the earth." Even after losing through his sin his likeness to God, man remains an image of his Creator, and retains the desire for the one who calls him into existence. All religions bear witness to men's essential search for God.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Sep 17, 2016
Is Jesus praising the unjust steward in today’s Gospel for his dishonesty? That can certainly seem to be the message that comes across on a first reading of the text. At the very least, he seems to convey a certain – one might say ironic – admiration for the cunning of the steward, who, having lost his master’s trust because of his wasteful administration of his master’s affairs, uses a little bit more fraud with his master’s accounts to make himself some friends to look after him once he leaves his post.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Sep 10, 2016
In the first of the readings for this Sunday we hear of how Moses stands in the breach before God on behalf of his headstrong people who have committed idolatry, seeking consolation and security in something tangible and visible, a substitute for the real and living God. Pope Francis has spoken often of such temptations in our own time. He reminds us of the real solution to be found in the mercy of Jesus.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 30, 2016
Our possessions are in a way an extension of ourselves. What we do with our possessions reveals the kind of people we are. They symbolise our character. In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is constantly warning us about the way we use riches and possessions. When Zacchaeus comes down from his sycamore tree, repents and turns to God his conversion is expressed by giving a half of his possessions to the poor.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 23, 2016
This Sunday’s readings are about prayer and, more specifically about petitionary prayer. We are invited to pray to God for what we need in the expectation that God will answer our prayers and will give us what is good for us. In Genesis we see Abraham bartering with God over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah, beating down the price like a customer in an Oriental market place, a little more each time until Abraham gets God down to just ten people.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 16, 2016
It is while Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem that Martha receives him into her home. Like anyone on the road he is in need of food and lodging. In offering him hospitality Martha shows her goodness and her generosity. As we can see from the first reading in this way she is truly a daughter of Abraham who is quick to offer hospitality to the wayfarer. In the gospels, often Jesus is invited to meals, but the welcome he receives varies. Sometimes it is less than it might be, as for example, in the case of Simon the Pharisee.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jul 09, 2016
“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” the devotee of the Law of Moses asks Jesus, hoping or perhaps just pretending to test his orthodoxy. Is there some one thing he could do, some single heroic act one might perform, some once-for-all sacrifice one might make, to secure eternal life?
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jun 25, 2016
Jesus resolutely turned His face towards Jerusalem. With grim determination He journeyed towards His destiny which He knew would be far from congenial. This was in loving obedience to what His Heavenly Father required of Him...the horrific death by crucifixion. With unsurpassable divine love Jesus lay down His human life for the redemption of mankind.