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Today’s first reading from Joshua reminds us of the Old Testament framework that has provided the background for the meditation in John’s gospel on the Eucharistic mystery. Joshua assembles ‘all the tribes of Israel’. Their long journey to the Promised Land has united them; but as they now begin life in their new land they…

There is a glaring similarity between the words of prophet Isaiah in the 1st reading (Isaiah 35: 4-7) and the deeds of Jesus in the gospel according Mark 7: 31-37. In the 1st reading, the words of Isaiah echoes a wonderful vision of a God who looks out for those who are frightened and the…

“You are the Messiah” Peter told Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel according to Mark 8: 27-35.         But Peter was never expecting that the Messiah would have to suffer and die. In this Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord after weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His…

TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE We have all been deeply moved by the stories and images of the many thousands of people fleeing the violence of the Middle East and seeking refuge in Europe and elsewhere. In one sense, this is not new, but it has now reached alarming proportions;…

SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT All human beings are precious. Each of us possesses an inestimable value that we refer to as our human dignity. We are sacred and deserve respect because we are human and loved by God, not because we are useful, law-abiding, belong to a particular race and religion, or contribute economically. We can…

Marriage is a celebration of love not likes and dislikes Jesus tells us in this Sunday’s Gospel according to St. Mark 10: 2-16: ‘ What God has united, man must not divide….’ In these verses, Jesus goes to the very heart of marriage, rooted in God’s original plan, and cites the divine law that marriage…

Every Choice Has a Cost        Life is full of choices and these choices are made from things that we cherish and things that attract us. As such the real challenge becomes which of the things that attract us are we to let go in order to live with the more important ones. It is…

Our Calling is to Serve A critical look at the Gospel pericope suggests a sense of conspiracy from the two brothers, James and John as can be seen in their treacherous move to get positions of honour in Jesus’ kingdom. Perhaps they were influenced by their shallow understanding of Jesus’ ministry and what was written…

“Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me” There is something really special about today’s Gospel reading. It is not only about the faith of the blind Bartimaeus or the fact that he refused to be silenced by the crowd who apparently wanted to shut him up but his understanding of who Jesus is. Looking…

Hard to believe that just over 5 years ago Mary MacKillop was canonised a Saint on 17th October. One statement I remember hearing regularly in that time was that the Church does not make Saints, it recognises them. In my transition into the Catholic Church as a convert, some questioned how I could take on…

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