BLESSINGS FOLLOWING ON FROM BLESSINGS Lk 8:16-18

Sometimes it is difficult to accept the way in which others might seem to be wealthier or more endowed intellectually or more blessed than we seem to be. If we are sensible about this we will realize that there are certain things in life that we just cannot change! Or can we change them?

The most important thing that we have in this life is our relationship with God. Everything else pales into complete and utter insignificance in comparison to our relationship with Jesus. With this in mind, we do have the power to change many of the things in our life for the better! Maybe it is not ‘to the better’ in the sense that the world might understand this concept, but it is ‘to the better’ in regards our journey towards eternal life. The latter is far more important than the former.

The person whose faith is truly alive will be constantly experiencing a drawing deeper into relationship with God. The deeper we go with God, the less the ways and priorities of the world will seem important to us. In fact, some of the saints became so engrossed in their relationship with God that they would forget to eat, […]

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

BEING A GOOD STEWARD OF OUR GOODS Lk 16:1-13

There is a big difference between being a steward of the wealth that God has blessed us with and with being beholden to that very same wealth. In the former we are in control of all of our actions. In the latter, wealth or the desire for it is the controlling force in our actions. The Gospel today asks us to examine where we stand on these matters. It is important for us to be honest with ourselves here as if we are not, that is just the opening that the devil is seeking in order to deflect us from the path of true discipleship and lead us into a position where it is money or mammon rather than God that is the focus of our lives.

Jesus tells us a story about a man who knows how to get what he wants in this life, however, he has forgotten about the life to follow, that is, eternal life. He may well be successful in obtaining everything that he wants here and now, but what about eternal life. How will all the things of the world benefit him then? This is a crucial concept that we must grasp early in life […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Feeding the Multitude

Is 25: 6-10a God has provided us with a world that has sufficient food and material wealth for everyone. Why are some people starving and living in terrible poverty? There are many reasons for this but no small part is that the wealthy ignore their responsibility to share! Yes, it is a responsibility before it is a choice! There is a moral obligation here that we ought to respond to but more often than not do not.

Jesus, teach us how to share with those who have less than we do. I know I cannot change the situation of world poverty but I also know I can contribute a little bit to the solution.

Mt 15: 29-37 This feeding miracle is a miracle of hope and providence. The world does have enough food to feed everybody – it just needs to be better distributed. In some countries up to 40% of food is wasted. How can this be acceptable when there are so many who do not have enough to eat? Do the wealthy think they will avoid judgment on this issue? The Scriptures are quite clear they will not! Yes, much poverty has to do with corrupt leaders and other problems […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE FIRST WILL BE LAST Mk 9:31-37

One of the things that we human beings find difficult is humility. It is therefore no surprise to discover that humility is one of the most important aspects of a holy life. Catherine of Siena goes as far as to say that it is humility that holds all the various virtues together and makes them able to work coherently in the life of any person! Jesus affirms the need for humility in addressing His disciples in today’s Gospel. He places a child before them and invites them to reflect upon the fact that they have to become as little children before God if they are going to be effective ministers of the Gospel.

In a counseling situation one of the first things I look for in the life of a person is humility. If a person is not willing to humble himself or herself before God then they are going to find it next to impossible to deal with whatever problems they have come to me to talk about. At the same time there is also a need for humility and honesty with me the counselor as without this there is little for me to build upon in terms of trust […]

By |September 20th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS Lk 7:36-50

In John’s Gospel Jesus exhorts us to love one another as He has loved us. In today’s Gospel we learn about one of the reasons that we have to love God. Jesus is obviously moved by the affection of the woman who washes His feet with her tears, dries them with her air and then anoints them with perfume. It is quite clear that Jesus has done something for her for which she will be eternally grateful.

Jesus then proceeds to explain this rather extraordinary action of the woman with a parable about forgiveness. The bigger the debt that has been forgiven to us, the greater our gratitude will be to the one who has forgiven us. He finishes up the story by turning to the woman and publicly announcing that her sins are forgiven.

The woman obviously believed that Jesus could cleanse here heart and soul of her sins and thus wished to bless Him in some way. This leads her to perform the actions we spoke about earlier. As we reflect upon her actions, let us pray for the grace to realize that our sins are also forgiven when we present them to Jesus. The woman’s actions are a sign […]

By |September 17th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Our Lady of Sorrows THE FAITHFUL DISCIPLE Jn 19:25-27.

Mary is the supreme example of discipleship that we have to study. Her entire life is given over to the service of God’s will to the point that she stands at the foot of the cross as her son breathes his last. If we desire to be a disciple of Jesus, this is the path that we will have to walk as well. Mary is a woman who never shirked her responsibilities and thus was with Jesus until the end. In this, I pray that we will follow her example.

Mary as the Lady of Sorrows is a picture of faith in the midst of the turbulent situations of her life. It cannot have been easy for her to follow her son’s life of ministry and see that the establishment despised him. Nor would it have got any easier as He approached His final days. Throughout all of this Mary’s faith remained constant. She does not play a major role in the ministry of Jesus except to implore Him to work a miracle at the Wedding Feast of Cana when the wine runs out. She remains in the background; yet when she appears she is always portrayed as a woman of […]

By |September 15th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

IRRATIONAL RAGE Lk 6:6-11

Sometimes it can be useful to reflect upon some of the responses of the people to Jesus’ teaching and actions. Here we see that some of the Jews are filled with rage towards Jesus after he heals a man with a paralyzed hand on the Sabbath! To us this seems totally illogical and inexcusable. However, if we think a little more deeply, perhaps we can gain some sort of insight into the mindset of the Pharisees at the time of Jesus.

If Jesus act causes such rage in some people it only goes to show the depth of their commitment, however misguided it may be, to a literal obedience to the Law of Moses. If we come at the story from this point of view perhaps we will have a little more compassion for the Pharisees than if we insist at looking at the incident from our own point of view. Trying to be more understanding will give us a much better chance of resolving our differences with others than if insist on our position over and against any other position in an argument. This is not to advocate compromise, but to encourage us all to try and see things from […]

By |September 7th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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What would heaven look like?

‘Heaven is a wonderful place where you are reunited with all of your family and friends, and the best people are there, and you live in endless pleasure and get to fly like a bird and you get to….’

We have all heard people explain heaven in these terms before. It is always interesting that in these descriptions God seems to be absent. Which is understandable seeing that most people think that God is boring, so why ruin paradise by inviting the boring guy to the party?

We need to remind ourselves that God is heaven. Imagine if you can, all of the love that you have ever experienced in your life. All of the care, compassion, friendship, romance – try to imagine all of this love combined into a big ball of love. Then multiply this by all of the people who have ever lived on earth (some would suggest around 130 billion people) and try to imagine how big this combined love-ball would be. If you placed all of this love on one person at one time, what would happen? We simply would not be able to survive the ecstasy that this experience would bring about.

If God is love (1 Jn […]

By |May 14th, 2015|The Call|0 Comments

BREAKING THE UNJUST FETTERS Isa 58:1-9

It ought to be impossible for any Christian to live in peace while there are people who are unjustly treated anywhere in the world. This may sound a little unreasonable but let us reflect upon it for a moment. It is certainly true that God will never rest at peace while there is still injustice in the world and it is from this basis that the same can be said for all who are seeking to develop the heart of God for His people. At the same time it is important to note that I am not saying that everyone is necessarily responsible for the injustice that may exist. We may or may not be practically able to contribute to its elimination. However, at the very least we can be praying that someone will be actively working against whatever the injustice may be.

Let us look a little more closely at our individual situations in terms of looking at the society in which we live. I am not about to give an analysis of any individual society here but there are a few broad strokes that we can look at such as: Is there an equitable distribution of the wealth of […]

By |February 21st, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments
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Look up: Be Transformed

We all know the story of how sin came into the world. Eve was tempted by the serpent, she ate the fruit and the rest is history. However, there is one line in the story that explains the nature of sin and points us towards the antidote.

The bible says that when Eve looked at the fruit, she noticed that it was ‘good for food, a delight to the eyes and was to be desired’. This is significant because for the first time she no longer sees creation as a gift that points her to the creator. She now sees her own emptiness and hunger which must be filled. When she looks at the fruit, all that she sees is herself and her own need.

For evermore, this has been the pattern of sin (particularly the case with lust, gluttony, envy and greed). We look at things or other people and only see our own hunger and need.

Jesus gives the antidote when he explains that the most important commandment is to ‘love the lord your God with all your heart, mind, strength and soul’. The answer to sin is to stop looking at ourselves and return to worship. The Holy Spirit gives […]

By |February 20th, 2015|The Call|0 Comments