Twentieth Sunday of the Year
Isaiah is offering us a way to embrace the value of others by genuinely appreciating them in our hearts which impacts on our actions by way of his prayer of the heart – the God in our heart – who says, ‘I will bring foreigners to my holy mountain. I will make them joyful in my house of prayer, says the Lord, ‘for my house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples’. No one is excluded.Read more
Nineteenth Sunday of the Year
Like most people, Elijah, does not experience God’s presence in the expected places such as in power or violence of earthquakes, fires or winds. God is found in the quiet, gentle breeze by responding to everyday issues that involve service and solidarity with others. Today’s readings suggest that it is in precisely these places and situations that we experience and touch God. God cannot be encountered in withdrawal from life’s realities but by ‘walking across the water’ and trusting in the one who says ‘Courage! It is I!’Read more
18th Sunday of the Year
It is difficult to avoid the reality of injustice and poverty today when we see the following Jesus whilst he is trying to find some space to deal with the murder of John the Baptism. This murder gave Jesus a double warning. First, it made clear that anyone who criticised powerful people courted danger. We see also the tragedy of trivialising John’s life and mission because his death was due to petty vengeance and a drunken promise. Whatever Jesus wanted to do, looking upon the distressed people called something from him as well as clarifying his mission.Read more
Seventeenth Sunday of the Year
Christianity is a religion of attention. Whom does one notice? What do we notice? Is it a person on the street or a person with a lot of social status? This is connected with the image, a few weeks ago, where Jesus self-described as meek. I wondered how our worship spaces might reflect that and what material parish bulletins might highlight.Read more
In the wake of increasing global climate catastrophes, the global population is progressively being forced into reforming the way that it functions. The need to create a new consciousness, focusing on our important relationship with the environment has become apparent. As people look to complex and intricate solutions to immediate problems, there are people who suggest a more holistic yet simpler response, considering three things, our environment, our selves, and our community.
Sixteenth Sunday of the Year 2020
The gospel continually calls us to build a culture of active response in the face of injustice to transform our world and doing relationships differently. According to the gospel Jesus reminds us that God knows we are almost never wholly one thing. We are capable of good and not so good. In reality, our lives and our world consist of good and evil, justice and injustice, life and death, joy and sorrow which live side by side. This is what God’s reign is like and it continues to be present despite the so-called ‘weeds’ and ‘wheat’.Read more
Three short presentations with time for questions and reflections after each section. The Webinar explored the urgently needed wisdom and mandate for our times to live simply and be more attuned to both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor drawing on Laudato Si’ and Querida Amazonia.