Monday, 19 December 2016 12:13

Here and Now

Here and NowAs I get busy doing all the ‘stuff’ I think needs to be done for Christmas, I’ve become aware of some gentle tugs from Jesus. “Stop rushing.” “No, you don’t need to do that just now.” “Slow down.”

It’s so counter to my own goals and plans. For many of the tasks I have planned, I find myself wanting to ‘just do it, get it over with, get it organised’, especially as it pertains to getting stuff done in advance.

My thinking goes something like this: ‘I’ll do as much as I can now so that it’s all done and so that I don’t have to worry about it and I can relax later.’ It sounds good on the surface and I always thought this kind of approach in life was prudent, smart and even responsible. But as it turns out, not quite.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 09:41

Walking on Water

IMAGE Walking on WaterAt first reading, the account of Jesus and Peter walking on the water is not immediately relevant to us in our daily lives. The ability to walk on the water may be a miraculous curiosity, perhaps serving to highlight our own lack of faith, but that isn’t telling us anything new.

 

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Thursday, 25 September 2014 15:54

The Church of Fast Food

In-N-Out-Burger Sign San Francisco I had it all planned out. My Saturday night social life meant that I planned to wake up as late as possible on Sunday morning and as a result I had planned to attend Mass as late as possible. As I limped up the stairs late on Saturday wondering whether my heels had induced an early onset of arthritis in the ankles, I saw a flaw in my weekend strategy – my parish had first Holy Communion celebrations. I wanted Mass to be danced quickstep without the partner with two left feet.  Disgruntled I rethought my plans – this would mean losing sleep. 
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:00

Suffering & Resurrection

sufferingsqWe reflect especially on Good Friday on the suffering of Jesus. Jesus shared in this human experience. He was inflicted with cruelty and torture, suffering intense spiritual isolation and physical pain, bearing the weight of the wood he would be nailed to and then die. This, however, was not the end but rather the beginning of a new life – a resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus shows us that despite evil and death, there is life anew. His wounds still remaining on his flesh were glorified and this can give us strength in the knowledge that suffering can be transformed and become a sign of beauty, victory and glory for humanity.

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Monday, 23 December 2013 11:00

Sleep in Heavenly Peace!

20131223 joytotheworld 150Peace is a theme commonly expressed in Christmas Carols. Most especially, Silent Night expresses this peace. It builds a beautiful sense of the child-like humility of the Nativity and for all who listen, a serenity comes over the heart.

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20131217 banquet2 150My teenage brother exclaimed recently, “I love Christmas! So much food your eyes can hardly feast on!” Christmas gatherings nowadays all seem to centre on the meal, or more appropriately, the banquet! Using the formidable tools of the internet, I have done an extensive search of the definition of banquet. And in general the sources define Banquet as a ceremonial dinner (that being a sumptuous and elaborate meal) for many people honouring someone or an occasion. Coincidently… or not… this sounds like Mass.

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20131126 6822321529 2dd52bde72 150Last weekend marked the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. “Whovians” flocked to the cinema to celebrate, dressing up and enjoying the fun of this creative television series. I am happy to admit that I am a fan and I was happy to display in public my Whovian colours donning sandshoes, a bow tie and fez (iconic wear of the previous two doctors). As I sat in public not worrying about what others thought, I wondered, could I be as bold in proclaiming my faith?

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Saturday, 27 October 2007 01:43

What is Evangelisation?

ImageEvangelisation is, first and foremost, the spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ, and it is a step of our Christian walk that naturally follows on from a meaningful encounter with Him.  There are many examples of Evangelisation throughout the New Testament and within these occurrences there are common themes.

Firstly, Jesus is there.
Jesus is the messiah: the one the prophets have spoken about - the chosen people have heard so much about him.

But there’s more to Him than that…

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