Reflections

Prayer in all times

Saturday 8th August 2020

Prayer in all times

When confronted with stress and pressure of various kinds, we are very much like Peter. A sudden turn of events in life and we are faced with storms which threaten the peace and security of our homes and families. We need to hear those encouraging words of Christ, 'Don't be afraid.' Peter's mistake was that he turned to Jesus in real prayer only in a moment of crisis when he was paralysed by fear and in danger of drowning. We are reminded particularly those who tend to forget about God when all is going well and who only become serious about prayer when problems and tragedies surface.


Our gifts for His Service

Saturday 1st August 2020

Our gifts for His Service

Jesus did not feed the stranded crowd at the edge of the Sea of Galilee all on His own. He accomplished it with the help of His disciples who were reluctant to accept responsibility for the hungry people. Challenged by Jesus to use their own resources, they remembered having five loaves and two fishes which they brought to Him. The little they had when placed in the hands of Jesus turned out to be more than enough for all. In our own eyes it may seem of little account but it is what the Lord has given us and expects us to use in his service.


Like a Treasure Hidden in a Field

Saturday 25th July 2020

Like a Treasure Hidden in a Field

The treasure the gospel is referring to is our faith which tells us we are heirs to the kingdom of God. It is important and valuable that everybody must give it absolute priority. At the end of the day nothing else matters because worldly values are destined to faint into insignificance. Our search should not be superficial happiness but to develop a good relationship with God. Such a treasure can be found in ordinary places.


Wheat and Weeds

Saturday 18th July 2020

Wheat and Weeds

Christ compares the church, the people of God, to a field where wheat and weeds grow side by side until the harvest. In the world around us, good and bad people mix like wheat and weeds growing in the same field. Every human heart contains a mixture of good and evil. The church is not an exclusive community of the virtuous. It is here because we are looking for salvation and we are conscious of our failings. The emphasis of the gospel is on exercising patience until God makes his great gathering. In the meantime, we all share the task of revealing the patience of God by forgiving the faults of others. Many of us will find this challenging as we may be harsh or judgemental by nature. It's so easy to pin people with the label 'sinner', forgetting how appearance are so often deceptive.


Reaping the rich harvest of God's goodness

Saturday 11th July 2020

Reaping the rich harvest of God's goodness

Jesus compares the word of God, intended to produce fruit in our lives, to seed sowed in the earth by the farmer. The seed of the word of God is first planted in our hearts. If it doesn't get our whole hearted attention in our lives, it withers and dies. Growth in the life of Christ is not always a smooth and straightforward process. The different types of soil can be the varied response we make to His word depending on the twists and turns of life. When we meet with disappointments and setbacks, obstacles may pile up against our good intentions and weakens our choices. Moments like this call for deep faith. No matter what the situation, we have to struggle to believe.


Trusting in the Lord

Saturday 4th July 2020

Trusting in the Lord

In this day and age, as the problems and worries of the moment overpower us, we all find life difficult and discouraging. As the signs of stress and tension become visible on our faces, we listen to those reassuring and comforting words of Jesus - 'Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.' In the middle of trying situations he seems to invite us to come to him with our worries saying all will be well.


Hospitality

Saturday 27th June 2020

Hospitality

In an age when people are growing further apart, there is a greater need for friendliness than ever before, and the traditional value of hospitality is once more being rediscovered. Hospitality is regarded as a sacred duty and the equivalent of welcoming the Lord himself. The gospel reminds us that all small ways of giving and caring, even act of kindness, like the giving of a cup of water to a stranger in our doorstep, will win God's favour and result in a great blessing. The world we live in is crying out for small acts of kindness which cost little but are sadly missing, like a smile, a word of appreciation or a phone call.


Fear Not

Saturday 20th June 2020

Fear Not

Fear is an emotion with which we are all familiar as it often hinders our lives from being the people we want to be. We can think of many situations in life such as the fear of being laughed at, being out of fashion or regarded as weaklings. We often fail to stand up for what we know to be just and right in our hearts. Maybe in the company we keep there is danger of losing friends, by going to church, refusing to take part in gossip, or saying no to drugs. For evil to triumph, all that is required is for good people to remain silent.

 


Corpus Christi

Saturday 13th June 2020

Corpus Christi

The feast of Corpus Christi was instituted to focus special attention on the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is a celebration of the generosity of the Lord to us, on offering Himself as food to satisfy our spiritual and material hunger as we journey through life. As pilgrims on the road of life we suffer from many hungers but the greatest hunger of all is the yearning for a deeper meaning to life. This is something no earthly bread can satisfy. In our struggle to find purpose, the Eucharist is of great help because it is an invitation to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.


The Most Holy Trinity

Saturday 6th June 2020

The Most Holy Trinity

When we come to worship, we usually make the sign of the cross. The words with the holy action 'In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit' remind us that there are three persons in God. The feast of the Holy Trinity is a celebration of the mystery of God as a family of love. This reminds us of a simple truth which we often forget, God's plan is that we share in his life of glory. By our baptism we are raised to a level at which we become sharers in the family life of God. We are born of God the Father, God the Son becomes our brother, and the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This revelation of his inner life of three persons, in which we have a share, is one of God's greatest gifts to us and it is the model towards which all of us should aim and strive


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