After Jesus had been
born at Bethlehem in Judea during the reign of King Heron, some wise men came
to Jerusalem from the east. “Where is the infant king of the Jews?” they asked.
“We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.”
Today's Gospel (Matthew 2:1-12):
'After Jesus had been born at Bethlehem in Judaea during the reign of King Herod, some wise men came to Jerusalem from the east. ‘Where is the infant king of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.
Pope Francis asks "God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values."
Read the entire message here: https://zenit.org/articles/popes-message-for-50th-world-day-of-peace/
This talk by Cardinal Robert Sarah took place earlier this year at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.
It is essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of the ongoing assault on and subsequent destruction of the family in our so called 'progressive' world. Cardinal Sarah also considers what we, as Christians, can do to respond.
Here is the text of Cardinal Sarah's address:
Thank you for inviting me to this remarkable gathering, in the company of such a distinguished audience.
We must aim for the narrow door
‘Through towns and
villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him
“Sir, will there be only a few saved?” He said to them, “Try your best to enter
by the narrow door, because, I tell you, may will try to enter and will not succeed”’
This year the pass rate for Higher Grades in Scotland was
77.2%. The chances of winning the UK National Lottery is 1 in 45 million. As
humans, we love statistics and take comfort in them. They help us feel like we
know where we stand, what the likelihood is that we will succeed and fail.
First it was Ronaldo encouraging team-mate Joao Moutinho to
take a penalty and telling him that the outcome is “in God’s hands”. Now we have Ronaldo and the Portugal head
coach Fernando Santos thanking the Creator.
Ronaldo, who was stretchered off injured after just 25
minutes of the Euro 2016 final against France, told journalists after the game
that he “asked God for another chance”, a reference to previous failed attempts
to win a major title with Portugal.
The Ten Commandments were written on two tablets of stone
Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 10:25-37):
was a lawyer who, to disconcert Jesus, stood up and said to him, ‘Master, what
must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the
Law? What do you read there?’ He replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with
all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your
mind, and your neighbour as yourself.’ ‘You have answered right,’ said Jesus
‘do this and life is yours.
Sunday’s Second Reading (Galatians 3:26-29):
‘You are, all of you, sons of God
through faith in Christ Jesus. All baptised in Christ, you have all clothed
yourselves in Christ, and there are no more distinctions between Jew and Greek,
slave and free, male and female, but all of you are one in Christ Jesus. Merely
by belonging to Christ you are the posterity of Abraham, the heirs he was
This Sunday’s second reading reveals a teaching that is
fundamental to the Christian life, that of unity.
People gather to mourn the dead
The tragic events in Orlando provide yet another glaring
example of man’s inhumanity to man. Very
few of us can even begin to imagine what was going through the minds of the
hundreds of young partygoers in Pulse nightclub as the horrid truth about what
was unfolding became clear. It wasn’t a
case of exuberant pyrotechnics or sophisticated indoor fireworks. It was the crackling of gunfire and the flash
of bullets as one hate-filled individual felt compelled to walk into the club
and shoot dead 49 innocent people and injure many others.
Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 7:1-17):
‘Jesus went to a town called Nain, accompanied by
his disciples and a great number of people. When he was near the gate of the
town it happened that a dead man was being carried out for burial, the only son
of his mother, and she was a widow. And a considerable number of the
townspeople were with her. When the Lord saw her he felt sorry for her. ‘Do not
cry’ he said. Then he went up and put his hand on the bier and the bearers
stood still, and he said, ‘Young man, I tell you to get up.
It’s a terrifying thought: finding yourself being dragged
along in shallow water by a monster and being at their mercy. Okay, so perhaps it’s slightly far-fetched to
refer to Harambe the gorilla as a monster, but one thing we do know for certain
is that he is, or was, a wild animal.
Like most people I am a lover of animals, and I am not
particularly keen on many of the limited enclosures wild animals find
themselves in, be it in zoos or in those horrid environments they call
circuses. Sure, there are some zoos and
safari parks that do a good job in protecting animals, especially endangered
species, and this work is important for the wellbeing of life on our planet.