Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Zep 3: 14-18a or Rom 12: 9-16           Mary goes to visit Elizabeth in order to do what she can to help her in her pregnancy. It is highly likely that she needs help as she was way past childbearing years when she fell pregnant! First it is Mary’s obedience to God that attracts our attention to her and now it is her selflessness. Any study of her life is like a course in how to live as a Christian – Class: 101.

 

Mary, pray for me that the conviction you knew as a follower of Jesus will grow in me so that I will never doubt that following God’s will is the only way to eternal life.

 

Lk 1: 39-56     Mary’s role in the work of salvation is unique. No one will ever bear the Son of God in their womb again. Yet, we are all called to bear the Son of God to the world through the lives we live – wherever we happen to be, whatever we happen to be doing and however we can do it. Let us seek to grow in the understanding of the mission God has for each one of us so that we will […]

By |May 31st, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

The power of the Blood of Christ

On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Fr Ken Barker speaks about the power of the blood of Christ. Through this we can find healing and power to unite ourselves completely with Jesus. This homily was recorded last year at St Benedict’s Mission Centre. RIGHT-CLICK TO DOWNLOAD (22:20)

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The power of the Blood of Christ

On the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, Fr Ken Barker speaks about the power of the blood of Christ. Through this we can find healing and power to unite ourselves completely with Jesus. This homily was recorded last year at St Benedict’s Mission Centre. RIGHT-CLICK TO DOWNLOAD (22:20)

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of CHRIST

Gen 14: 18-20   Melchizedek arrives out of nowhere and we do not here of him in person again. It is his name that is important for us to reflect upon: literally it means “King of Righteousness.” That Abraham tithes to him is to me an indication that our offerings to God, whether they be money, goods or actions, are to be considered offerings of righteousness. In other words, they are the demands of a holy life; without such we will fail to grow in holiness.

Father, teach me that I cannot outdo you in generosity and that the more of myself I give to you, the more I will receive form you in return and even more than that!

Ps 110: 1. 2. 3. 4

1 Cor 11: 23-26           Paul gives us one of the classical definitions of what we mean when we talk about the traditions of the Church. Not even the Church has the capacity to change those traditions that have been handed to us by the apostles. We are bound by these traditions until Christ comes again. It is our duty and privilege to apply them to our present situation and bring them to life in the various cultures in […]

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God is the one who ought to be in control of our prayer lives through the Holy Spirit

Jude 17. 20b-25          What does it mean ‘to pray in the Holy Spirit?’ There are probably almost as many answers to this question as people you might ask! The key to understanding this idea is to recognize that God is the one who ought to be in control of our prayer lives through the Holy Spirit. Then we can be sure that we are not wasting our time daydreaming or wandering off on all sorts of tangents that lead nowhere.

Jesus, help me to recognize the temptations of the devil as regards my prayer life so that I can reject them and stay on the path you have set for me.

Ps 63: 2. 3-4. 5-6

Mk 11: 27-33 Jesus confounds the chief priests and the scribes with his ability to confront their questions with one of his own. We need to trust that we will be given the right words to speak when we are challenged by secular or even anti-christian polemics. We can be sure that the Holy Spirit will guide our words if we truly trust in him. Some of the most profound statements of theology have come from the mouths of virtually illiterate saints. If God can provide them […]

By |May 28th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Peter sees the opportunity to suffer for the Gospel

1 Pt 4: 7-13     Peter sees the opportunity to suffer for the Gospel as a blessing as it means we are being conformed to the life of Christ who suffered for us for our salvation. This gives us the basis for a Christian understanding of suffering that is very different to that of the world. We need to ensure that we incorporate this understanding into our dealings with suffering in order to be faithful to all that God has given us. In this way we will be faithful to the fullness of the revelation that comes through Christ our redeemer.

Jesus, you suffered for us that we might be reconciled to the Father. Open my mind to embrace a true understanding of the role of suffering in the Christian life.

Ps 96: 10. 11-12. 13

Mk 11: 11-26 Jesus cleanse the Temple of the market sellers etc in order to make the statement that there is a time and place for everything, but the Temple is not the place for business dealings to be done! The Temple is a place of worship and we should ensure that it is kept that way. The Church today has to be careful that it does not […]

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Dealing with Selfishness

1 Pt 2:2-5.9-12 When we notice selfishness arising within our hearts and souls it is time to get concerned. Selfishness is the direct opposite of everything the Gospel stands for; selfishness indicates a heart that is turned in on itself and not even open to the graces God is offering us. We have to be ready to embrace the full life of a disciple and not keep thinking that God is going to do it all for us in some sort of fairy tale sort of story. No, to be a disciple of Jesus and to lay down one’s life for the Gospel is going to require a lot of hard work.

Jesus, I am not afraid of hard work. It is life-giving to the soul. Especially as I know that you are at my side and will provide all I need to accomplish the task at hand.

Mk 10:46-52 I really like that word ‘immediately.’ It says a lot to me. When Jesus speaks a word of healing here to Bartimaeus he is immediately healed. God’s word is all-powerful and it is portrayed as such particularly in the Gospel of Mark. Perhaps it would be an interesting task to read through […]

By |May 26th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Seeking places of honour

1 Pt 1: 18-25   Peter reminds us that there was a ransom  paid for us to free us from sin. It was  Christ’s life that was given for this person. This image of ransom to help understand the work of salvation helps to some degree but we must remember that all images fall short of the full truth of the matter. In this case the image does not provide an answer to the question, “Who was paid?” God is certainly not paying the devil; he has no need to pay himself and it does not make sense to pay us!

 

Jesus, yes you have ransomed me from the powers of sin and death and I thank you for doing that. Help me to live in the freedom you have won for me.

 

Mk 10: 32-45 Seeking places of honour in the Kingdom of God is anathema to Jesus. James and John, or at least their mother, ought to have known this! However, what can you do with a mother’s aspiration for greatness for her children? Let us learn form this story the need to be humble if we are going to proceed upon the spiritual life of holiness. That we are on […]

By |May 25th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

A battle for the minds of people

1 Pt 1: 10-16   Today’s battle is a battle for the minds of people. Even before people are willing to listen to arguments defending the faith we first have to convince a lot of people that faith is a reasonable step to take in the first place! The power and seductive nature of scientific truth is quite insidious. There is nothing wrong with it per se, but we need to remember that it is not exclusive of faith. After all, modern science as we know it was developed in the Church by the monks and priests.

 

Jesus, help me to thirst for knowledge, both scientific and religious. Help me to see that the two are not mutually exclusive.

 

Mk 10: 28-31 Even the apostles can be a little materialistic – “What is in it for us?” they ask! If we are honest with ourselves we have all probably contemplated this question! If we have not yet done so, then I guess that it will not be too much longer before you discover yourself doing it. Our reward for faith is eternal life – if that is not enough motivation to serve God, then nothing will suffice.

By |May 24th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Living in Community

Everybody finds it hard living with other people, yet at the same time there is a deep desire for communion written into the human heart. Fr Steve Fletcher MGL speaks about the gifts that the Holy Spirit gives us to build the Church in this homily for the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

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