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 […]

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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


We can thank Peter that he seems to be willing to ask all of the questions that arise in our hearts; he seems to know what we are thinking a lot of the time. I think this is why most people seem to develop at least a little affinity towards him. Anyway, here he asks Jesus about what will happen to the disciple Jesus seems to love the most. Jesus basically tells Peter that as far as he, Peter, is concerned, what happens to John does not really matter. The same is true for us all. The most critical matter for us all is whether or not we are going to be obedient to Jesus’ call! There is nothing any of us can do about assuring that someone else will respond obediently to Jesus. Yes, we can encourage and support them, but we cannot make their decision for them, thus there is only so much we can do for them. It follows logically that our main focus ought to be upon what we ourselves must do and not to worry so much about what God’s plans for the next person are.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us to remind […]

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Tabor & Calvary

In his homily for the Second Sunday of Lent Fr Ken Barker reflects on how each of us will have our 'Tabor moments': moments when God breaks through into our lives. Each of us, too, must follow Christ down from Mount Tabor to Calvary.
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