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4th Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 4th February 2020

Lord, enlighten us to love each other and bear the burdens of one another4th Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 4th February 20202 Sam. 18:9-10,14,24-25, 31 - 9:3; Ps. 86(85):1-2,3-4,5-6; Mk. 5:21-43 (Ps Wk IV) The story of David and Absalom is a good commentary on the futility of war, especially of civil war. It…

4th Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 3rd February 2020

Lord, help our faith in You to grow4th Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 3rd February 20202 Sam. 15:13-14,30; 16:5-13; Ps. 3:2-3,4-5,6-7; Mk. 5:1-20 (Ps Wk IV) The different evangelists use different techniques to stress the greatness of God's power at work in Jesus. For example, in speaking of his miracles of healing a Gospel…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Saturday 1st February 2020

Lord, calm the storms in my heart3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Saturday 1st February 20202 Sam. 12:1-7a, 10-17; Ps. 51(50):12-13,14-15,16-17; Mk. 4:35-41 (Ps Wk III) We see and condemn in others the sins and faults of which we too are guilty. This is called ‘projection’ — we project our darkness on others. David had…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Friday 31st January 2020

St John Bosco3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Friday 31st January 20202 Sam. 11:1-4a,5-10,13-17; Ps. 51(50):3-4,5-7,10-11; Mk. 4:26-34 (Ps Wk III) David’s infamous adultery is the content of the first reading. Here, we can see both God’s justice and infinite mercy. God favoured David highly but at the same time reprimanded and punished him for…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Thursday 30th January 2020

Share the good news of Christ’s love with others3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Thursday 30th January 20202 Sam. 7:18-19,24-29; Ps. 132(131):1-2, 3-5,11,12,13-14; Mk. 4:21-25 (Ps Wk III) God’s promise to David that his family would reign over Israel prompted a humble response. David declared that God’s name would be held up forever as the…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday 29th January 2020

God gives grace to those who hunger for his Word 3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Wednesday 29th January 20202 Sam. 7:4-17; Ps. 89(88):4-5,27-28,29-30; Mk. 4:1-20 (Ps Wk III) In Samuel, God promises David that, from his seed, He will establish a kingdom that shall endure forever. In Mark, Christ tells the parable of the…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 28th January 2020

St Thomas Aquinas, priest & doctor3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Tuesday 28th January 20202 Sam. 6:12-15,17-19; Ps. 24(23):7,8,9,10; Mk. 3:31-35 (Ps Wk III) This passage from Mark’s gospel is something of a puzzle and unfortunately and not infrequently gives rise to anti-Marian explanations and sentiments. As a fervent Jew and as the Son of…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 27th January 2020

Lord, help us to be faithful and loyal followers of you3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Monday 27th January 20202 Sam. 5:1-7,10; Ps. 89(88):20,21-22,25-26; Mk. 3:22-30 (Ps Wk III) Psalm 89, one of the longer psalms, celebrates God's faithfulness, which one of the earlier verses describes as a “marvel”, a miracle. Throughout the Psalm, the…

3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Sunday 26th January 2020

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)3rd Week in Ordinary Time : Sunday 26th January 2020Is. 8:23—9:3; Ps. 27(26):1,4,13-14; 1 Cor. 1:10-13,17; Mt. 4:12-23 (Ps Wk III) Isaiah proclaimed great hope and vision: a light shining in the darkness. It is our firmest belief that that light is Jesus, the light of the world. Matthew uses…