Baruch 5: 1-9; Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11;Luke 3: 1-6Intro: the key to success is always good preparation. Today, the Gospel invites us to prepare a way – our way! – for the Lord.Readings: the Jews were exiled in sorrow and distress. Baruch echoes Isaiah’s message that God will reach out to them, and remove every […]
The third of our great Gospels of repentance and forgiveness (notice that in the narrative the invitation to conversion comes after the gift of forgiveness). The unique element in this narrative seems to be that the ability to forgive is contingent upon our understanding of the need for forgiveness; lack of self-awareness can make us demand […]
Today is the second of our Sunday Lenten Gospels which speaks of the surpassing and overwhelming compassion and forgiveness of God. It is coupled with an invitation from St. Paul to be “Ambassadors for Christ” – someone who represents, who makes present again. The conclusion seems obvious – how shall we make Christ present, other […]
On this day, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to a young virgin to ask if she would become the mother of the Messiah. Worried how this might come about, since she declared her virginity, she was reassured by Gabriel that she would conceive through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that the […]
This Sunday is the first of a series of three Gospels about repentance and forgiveness, and begins with a real teaser: what is the connection between the narrative of the events and the parable which follows? If you think God is like the landowner, then a sudden tragic event is the faith which awaits us for our […]
The second of the fundamental truth of our (new baptismal) faith is underlined to balance last Sunday – Jesus is fully divine, attested by the Law and the Prophets and indeed, by the Father Himself. The preface of the Mas outlines the theology of the event and the Lucan scriptures – well, the next time […]
Following the great Lectionary of the pre-baptismal catechesis (Cycle A), the first two fundamental truths of our faith in the Lord are enumerated, that the Lord is fully human, tempted in every way that we are. Tempted not to love the Lord God with the whole strength (power) heart and soul – He is with […]
Today, a fast day, marks the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Turn away from Sin, and be faithful to the Gosepl”. Mass at 10am […]
In the Gospel, the Father acknowledges “My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased” as John the Baptist baptises Him in the River Jordan. It reminds us all of the importance of our own baptism, necessary for salvation.
Coming from the Greek word, meaning manifestation, it symbolises the opening up of the faith to the gentile nations of the world. Traditionally, it’s the day when the three Wise Men / Kings / Astrologers came to acknowledge a king whose star they had seen rising in the East. The Church asks for a special […]
“When I was Ill, you came to my help”. Mass of Anointing, Sunday June 30th, 3pm.