Monthly Archives: August 2011

Speaking the Truth in Love

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 4 September 2011 Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 Confrontation is never easy to do well. Some of us avoid it not from love but from fear. Some of us find … Continue reading

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Living Sacrifices

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 28 August 2011 Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9; Romans 12:1-2; Matthew 16:21-27 Reading the passage from Jeremiah and the psalm, I am reminded of the words of the U2 song: “I can’t live with … Continue reading

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Who do you say Jesus is?

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 21 August 2011 Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 Who do we say that Jesus is? What do we say with our lips, and what do we say with our … Continue reading

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Throwing the children’s food to the dogs

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 14 August 2011 Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Roman 11:13-15, 29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 I have always found this Gospel story of a foreign woman petitioning Jesus for her daughter perturbing. Why does … Continue reading

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Walking on Water

Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 7 August 2011 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Psalm 85:9-14; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Elijah is one of the flamboyant prophets of the Old Testament, perhaps best known for calling fire down from heaven in … Continue reading

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