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March 2014

Dwelling on the Word of God: Eternal Life: The Gift of Gifts! (Monday 31st March 2014)

From today’s Psalm (Psalm 29:2,4-6,11-13):
 
‘I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.’
 
 
It’s easy to forget that we wouldn’t be here had it not been for the Love of God.  It’s also easy to forget that through Jesus Christ we were saved by God after sin and death entered the world.
 
How often do we thank God for these great gifts?  We all lead busy lives in today’s world and it is hard to think about anything other than preparing the kids for yet another weekend birthday party, or the next big deal at work, or paying that pesky Sky TV bill.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Turn to God (Thursday 27th March 2014)

From today’s Gospel Acclamation (Joel 2:12-13):
 
‘Now, now – it is the Lord who speaks – come back to me with all your heart,
for I am all tenderness and compassion.’
 
 
Who would turn down an invitation from someone who is ‘all tenderness and compassion’? 
 
God, in this passage, is telling us what He is all about.  He is pure love.  He is also tender and compassionate and He is inviting us to come back to Him and to allow ourselves to be enveloped by His perfect love.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Keep the Commandments….Change the World (Wednesday 26th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:17-19):
 
‘Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. I tell you solemnly, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, shall disappear from the Law until its purpose is achieved. Therefore, the man who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of heaven; but the man who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of heaven.

Dwelling on the Word of God: are we prepared to say ‘yes’ to God as Mary did? (Tuesday 25th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38):
 
‘The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.

Dwelling on the Word of God: even Jesus struggled to win over his own people (Monday 24th March 2014)

 
From today’s Gospel (Luke 4:24-30):
 
‘Jesus came to Nazara and spoke to the people in the synagogue: ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.’
 
 
Don’t ever be down or despondent when people close to you don’t share your conviction for the Faith.  Even Jesus was met with derision among his own people as he tried to preach to them and spread the Good News.  He was rejected by many of his own people.  And if it happened to Jesus it will most certainly happen to you.

Dwelling on the Word of God: Believe in Jesus for Eternal Life (Friday 21st March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel Acclamation (John 3:16):
 
‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son:
everyone who believes in him has eternal life.’
 
 
It’s pretty straightforward isn’t it?  Believe in Jesus and you have eternal life.  Okay, so you have to not just believe Jesus exists but actually believeinJesus; that is, believe in everything he stands for, everything he says, everything he does.  And if you believe in Jesus, who is God made man, then you have to believe in God and believe in His word.

Dwelling on the Word of God: The Word of God is our help, not our hindrance (Thursday 20th March 2014)

Today’s Gospel Acclamation (cf. Luke 8:15):
 
‘Blessed are those who,
with a noble and generous heart,
take the word of God to themselves
and yield a harvest through their perseverance.’
 
 
This passage speaks of the Word of God and how those who take it into their hearts and persevere with it will be blessed. 
 
Isn’t it interesting that the word ‘perseverance’ is used?  You see, God knows we will encounter difficult times in sticking to His Word and also when we try to spread that Word to others.

Dwelling on the Word of God: St Joseph – A Role Model for Dads (Wednesday 19th March 2014)

 
Today’s Gospel (Matthew 1:16,18-21,24):
 
‘Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.
  This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit.

Dwelling on the Word of God: True Joy In Doing Good Deeds (Tuesday 18th March 2014)

From today's Gospel (Matthew 23:1-12):
 
'Anyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.’'
 
 
It's hard to be humble.  It's in our human nature to seek recognition for the good things we do.  It's hard to stay quiet after we do a good deed such as helping an old person with their shopping or feeding a homeless person. 
 
The Pharisees wanted recognition for their great deeds.  They wanted to shout about how great they were from the rooftops; "look at me, I am doing such good works!

St Patrick's Day - The Real Meaning

 
St Patrick's day is, first and foremost, about a man who took the call of God into his heart.  It is about a man who trusted God's plan for him and who was willing to feed the Catholic Faith to those starved of it.
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