Posted in Ordinary Time on Jan 21, 2017
After the testing in the wilderness, Jesus is ready to begin his preaching, but everything seems to go wrong. John the Baptist is arrested and so Judea, the heart of the Holy Land, becomes too hot for Jesus. He even leaves his home territory of Nazareth for Capernaum, “the Galilee of the Gentiles”, as it was called.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Nov 19, 2016
Christ’s mission is as priest, prophet, and king. As priest, he is the mediator between God and human beings. As prophet, he is the messenger of God, the actual word of God made flesh. As king, he establishes peace and justice in the world, achieved through serving others.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Nov 12, 2016
The simplicity of that advice is quite striking. St Paul is wise in recognising the fragility of our resolutions, the wearing down and wearing out of our good intentions in the abrasiveness of daily living. It is the concluding line of St Paul's advice to the Thessalonians in today's second reading and it is strangely missing from the lectionary.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Nov 05, 2016
In today’s Gospel the Sadducees take on Jesus. The issue concerns the resurrection of the dead, and we are told that the Sadducees did not believe in this doctrine. Jesus refutes them by arguing that there will be a new order in the world to come, in which those who are resurrected from the dead no longer marry or die.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Oct 29, 2016
The author of the Book of Wisdom is concerned with the goodness of God and the intractability of evil. He admits the second quite openly. There is enough that is radically defective in the make-up of the world to alarm us – alarm us precisely by its intractability, by the fact that there is so little, and sometimes nothing at all, we can do about it.
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.