CRYING OUT TO GOD Rom 10:9-18.

What does it mean to, “call on the name of the Lord?” I think that the idea that Paul has in his mind as he is writing this chapter of his letter to the Romans is to impress upon us the urgency of the call to proclaim the Good News. He has personally experienced the profound difference that placing His life under the Lordship of Jesus can bring to a person. He wants us all to experience the same sort of fire of God’s love and the power to grow in holiness.

For this to happen in our lives we have to learn to: “call upon the name of the Lord!” What does someone do when they are in mortal danger? They cry out for a saviour. We must all realise that our lives are in mortal danger due to the sin that is consuming the world and us as well! We do this by hearing the Good News proclaimed by the Church and responding to it from our hearts.

On the Feast of St Andrew, we remember an apostle who gave his life in order to share this knowledge with others. We honour a man who was so consumed by the […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

IF ONLY WE COULD TRULY SEE! Lk 10:21-24.

Sometimes I lie down on the couch and wonder what my life would have been like if only I had placed my life in the hands of the Holy Spirit a lot earlier than I actually did! This is pretty much a complete waste of time! It could even be seen as bordering on sin as it is not going to accomplish anything. What might have been is not going to change the future. The only thing that I am capable of influencing in regards to the future is what I do with my life from this day forward.

In today’s Gospel Jesus tells His disciples that they are truly blessed in that they have been able to experience and witness the things that they have in His ministry and life. When I think about it, the disciples were incredibly privileged to have been able to meet Jesus in the flesh and experience first-hand His saving work. However, there is no use wishing that I was there too, no matter how nice that might have been. What I need to do is exactly what Jesus is implicitly telling His disciples to do, namely get on with the task of proclaiming the […]

By |November 29th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

HUMILITY AND OBEDIENCE Mt 8:5-11.

The words of the centurion are forever immortalised in the response that we make just before we receive Holy Communion at Mass – Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I will be healed. The reasoning of the centurion that accompanies his version of the above sentiment is very instructive. Let us have a look at it.

The centurion is accustomed to having those under him in the army obey his commands without question. If he says something, he expects the person to whom he is speaking to act upon his words. He then translates this immediacy of action – this sufficiency of words of command, to the authority of Jesus words. As a man in authority, he knows that his words are enough to ensure that the task will be completed. The men under him will obey his commands to the letter. Likewise, he too will entrust his situation to the authority of Jesus’ words. Jesus does not have to be physically present to heal his servant as the centurion knows that Jesus has the authority to do this and that that is sufficient.

The centurion is willing to humbly submit his request and […]

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

Hearing the silent cry

Every day people are crying out for the coming of Christ and we do not hear them. Because we do not hear them, we are unable to bring Christ to them. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the missionary calling of Advent in this homily for the first Sunday of Advent.

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Hearing the silent cry

Every day people are crying out for the coming of Christ and we do not hear them. Because we do not hear them, we are unable to bring Christ to them. Fr Dave Callaghan MGL speaks about the missionary calling of Advent in this homily for the first Sunday of Advent.

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Set free by the King

The sign that a person has surrendered their life to the Lordship of Christ is that they are set free from everything that binds them. Fr Steve Fletcher MGL preaches passionately about the power of Christ in this homily for the feast of Christ the King.

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Set free by the King

The sign that a person has surrendered their life to the Lordship of Christ is that they are set free from everything that binds them. Fr Steve Fletcher MGL preaches passionately about the power of Christ in this homily for the feast of Christ the King.

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SIMPLE OBEDIENCE IS BEST Mt 12:46-50.

Many times, throughout the course of the Liturgical Year, the Church invites us to meditate upon the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Is this by design or just a coincidence? Obviously it is the former that is the answer! Let us consider today’s Gospel.

Mary and some of Jesus’ relatives are looking for him. When they find Him they send word that they are waiting for Him outside. When hearing of this, Jesus takes the opportunity to teach the people something about the nature of discipleship. There is an almost universal respect for the role of a mother in teaching and bringing up a child. Is Jesus response, then, rude and uncaring toward Mary His mother? I think not. Jesus is simply saying that it is even more important to respect the will of God in our lives! God holds a higher call over our life than do either or both of our parents.

Now, I am not saying that we should disregard our parents. We must still respect them in every way. We are not to try and use one against the other. However, we need to balance our respect for them with an unbreakable commitment and obedience to the […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Christ the King

 

2Sam 5:1-3 The concept of anointing is so important to the proper understanding of both the Jewish and Christian faiths, For somebody to be anointed by God means that they have been given a very special task to perform in His plan. This is not a common occurrence. The Lord’s anointed ones should always be respected for as far as we are concerned, once God anoints them, we cannot remove the anointing. For an example of this level of respect we only need to recall the story of David and Saul where David refuses to physically harm Saul (even though Saul was seeking to kill him) precisely because Saul was the anointed one of God in David’s eyes.

Jesus, teach me to always have respect for your anointing no matter whom you choose to give it. Let me respect them as your chosen spokesmen to your people.

Col 1:12-20 Jesus is THE ANOINTED ONE! This early Christological formula expresses something of the Early Church’s understanding of the nature of Christ. The title, “Christ” literally means, “The Anointed One.” Christ is the anointed one of God sent to bring salvation to the earth. In doing this, all of creation is subject to His […]

By |November 20th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

YOUR FOCUS IS WRONG Lk 20:27-40.

It is so annoying when someone asks you questions just to try and trip you up! You know form the nature of the questions that the dialogue is a complete and utter waste of time, but they still persist! May God grant us the perseverance to endure such experiences! Jesus encounters something similar to this in the Gospel. The Sadducees are looking for evidence in Jesus’ teaching in order to lay a charge against Him. They thought they had the perfect question to trip Him up. But they were wrong! Jesus gets the better of them and He does so by appealing to the Scriptures. At the same time, Jesus teaches us to focus upon life rather than trying to determine all the ‘ins and outs’ of what will happen after we die. It is too late then to change anything, so let us focus on the things we can change, now, during our lifetimes.

The resurrection of Jesus does not just have an effect upon us after we die, enabling us to gain eternal life. It is also for the present! Through the power of the resurrection we can begin to die to the sin in our lives now! We […]

By |November 19th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments