GOD IS FAITHFUL 1 Cor.1.1-9

In the day and age of advanced communications, I think we tend to lose something of the personal touch of a handwritten letter. Even when I am writing letters to folks back home it can be computer typed! Although some correspondents remain “old fashioned”, I will respond to them through written communication. When one writes a letter, it seems more expressive since they are sharing something of themselves. Isn’t it a joy to receive letter in the mail? A brother priest of mine receives letters from his mother every month without fail, still written by hand with the personal touch.
In the New Testament, we have a series of letters written by Paul, the great missionary and apostle to the Gentiles. He writes very personally, expressing his love and concern for the churches. These letters were read aloud as the people gathered to hear the news from their friend. Sometimes the letters were full of challenging comments; it depended on what they needed to hear! These letters make good reading and prayerful reflection even today.  Sometimes we can pass them by as times of the past. However, they can be very good practice for daily Christian living. Take one of his […]

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

Passionate Christianity

In this week's homily, Fr Dave Callaghan MGL says that in our prayer and in our way of life, we need to have a clear idea of what we want and a passionate desire to seek after it.

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Passionate Christianity

In this week's homily, Fr Dave Callaghan MGL says that in our prayer and in our way of life, we need to have a clear idea of what we want and a passionate desire to seek after it.

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WHY INVOKE THE IMAGE OF JONAH? Mt 12:38-42

 

Most scholars agree that there is at least an element of the apocryphal in the story of Jonah and the whale – is it really possible for a whale to consume a person and then spew them out on the shore at a later date? Well, regardless of the veracity of this story, Jesus uses it to make a point during his ministry and the point is precisely to emphasise that no matter how fantastic the story of Jonah and the whale is, even more amazing is the reality the people are experiencing in the in-breaking of the Kingdom of God into their lives through the miracles and preaching of Jesus.

The wisdom of Solomon is not apocryphal and it drew visits from royalty coming from east and west. The wisdom of God is being manifest in the words of Jesus in a way that is far greater than through Solomon. Fort example, Jesus actually speaks the forgiveness of sins of those who repent. The forgiveness of sins is part of the wisdom of God for our salvation. Yes, I say wisdom, because only through the reasoning of God could anyone have arrived at the plan of salvation that Jesus implements. […]

By |July 18th, 2016|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

MIXING WITH THE HOI POLLOI Mt 9:9-13

Hoi Polloi is a Greek term that refers to the general citizens of a town or country. The elite of any society would not consider themselves as members of the hoi polloi. Jesus is not afraid of mixing with anyone; he even eats at the houses of tax collectors and sinners. Through these actions Jesus is clearly stating that the Gospel He preaches is not reserved for the rich and well connected. It is for everyone from the highest statesman and wealthiest businessman down to the poorest of the poor and the biggest of sinners!

In many ways the universal scope of the Gospel defines itself as good news. That is, so often in the ancient cultures the best was reserved for the elite and the rest of the people, well, they simply missed out and that was that! This is hardly an acceptable position for a God of love and so Jesus wastes no time in setting the record straight and making sure that it is obvious to all that no one is excluded from the gift of salvation, least of all, the general masses of humanity! This will become an important principle that the mission of Paul is dependent […]

By |July 3rd, 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

Ash Wednesday AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST 2Cor 5:20-6:2

We begin once again our Lenten journey. Let us focus our attention on the Second Reading for now. St Paul affirms that we are all called to be ambassadors for Christ. What does this mean? Put simply it means that each of us, according to God’s will for our lives, is to give witness to the truth of the Gospel to the world. Through the witness of our lifestyle we must be calling out to the world to change its ways and repent of sin and live holy and righteous lives.

This sounds like an enormous responsibility and at one level it is, however, to be realistic, all it is is a call to be obedient to the will of God as best we can. God cannot ask any more form us than this! On the other hand, this is not just an incidental little thing. God’s calling, as we learnt yesterday will involve sacrifices and endurance. It will mean being ready to allow God to lead us on the adventure of our lives. It will mean experiencing situations where we will have to place our trust in God and let go of any hope of remaining personally in control of […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

Haelthy respect for money

 Phil 4: 10-19 Money can become a very contentious subject in religious circles. Personally, I hate dealing with it for precisely this reason! How should we deal with money and wealth as Christians? What should be our priorities when it comes to spending money? I think that it is good to remember that what God wants of us is that we be generous with all that we have. We also have to give a good account of how we spend money so it is important to have transparency in the way it is handled.

 Jesus, help me to avoid the trap of allowing money, or more properly the love of money becoming the focus of my life.

 Lk 16: 9-15 Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man’s world. So go the lyrics of a song in the 1970’s by the Swedish group Abba. It is true! Money is a very slippery thing to handle – used well it is a blessing – abused or allowed to dominate it can be a might curse and even the downfall of a ministry or community. We do not have to look far to find numerous examples of this. […]

By |November 8th, 2014|Daily Scripture|0 Comments

OUR FOCUS UPON GOD’S WILL IS THE KEY Lk 9:51-56

Any good commentary on Luke’s Gospel will identify 9:51 as the turning point in the ministry of Jesus. It is from here on until His Passion that Jesus begins is journey towards Jerusalem. He steadfastly begins this journey well aware that it is in Jerusalem that many of the prophets suffered under at the hands of the Jewish authorities. Jesus is aware that He too will suffer, but His Father’s will is of more importance to Him than the prospect of suffering, indeed Jesus probably knows that it is through His suffering and death that the Father’s love will triumph over sin and death in the resurrection.

 

As we meditate upon the decision of Jesus to embrace His Father’s will unto death, it is good for us to realize that we are also called to this same commitment. As disciples of Jesus we are to follow where He leads and since His path is a path to the cross, we know that this is where we are going as well. The nature of the cross for us may or may not be different to the experience of Jesus. The one thing that is sure is that being obedient to God’s will […]

By |September 30th, 2014|Daily Scripture|1 Comment