Scripture Reflections

‘The disciple he loved standing near her’ (Jn 19:25-27)

23rd September 2017

Where am I when I contemplate Jesus’ Crucifixion? Where am I standing? Am I standing at all? One would normally associate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Walsingham with the joy of the Annunciation – after all, this is the core of Walsingham spirituality. Yet, the Gospel reading chosen for today is of Mary’s… Read more »

‘Forgive your brother from your heart’ Mt 18:21-35

17th September 2017

Today’s gospel reading is one of the most challenging in the whole of the new testament because it brings us face to face with our difficulty to forgive, to show compassion, to avoid complaining and gossiping about others and revealing their weak points. ‘To err is human, to forgive is divine’ is a well known… Read more »

Do you want to be my follower? (Mt 16:21-27)

2nd September 2017

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself.” (Mt 16:24) Jesus told his disciples that in Jerusalem he would be put to death by the elders and scribes but that he would be raised up again on the third day (cf. Mt 16:21). We are told in the Gospel that… Read more »

Jesus is….. (Mt 16:13-20)

26th August 2017

In today’s gospel reading we find ourselves with Jesus and his disciples in Caesarea Philippi. He took them for a long journey of about 32 miles to a pagan region at the foot of Mount Hermon to teach them one of his most important lessons.   Jesus, as a good teacher, knew that audio-visuals matter… Read more »

More than Scraps (Mt 15:21-28)

19th August 2017

We might find Jesus response to the Canaanite women in today’s Gospel surprising; ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house dogs’ (Matt 15:26). What does he mean by this? Who are ‘the children’? Let us take some time to understand the history and context of this event…. Read more »

The ‘Humus’ of Listening (Mt 14:22-33)

12th August 2017

Would I have heard the “gentle breeze” that Elijah heard at the top of the mountain? The strong wind and the earthquake and the fire would have unsettled me and thrown my heart into turmoil. But Elijah’s heart seems to have been firmly rooted, grounded in a deep sense of peace – because he did… Read more »

Desire for the Kingdom of God (Mt 13:44-52)

29th July 2017

The gospel this weekend enables us again to reflect on the Kingdom of God and, in particular, on our desire for it. How much are we willing to give up in order to possess the Kingdom of God? For as St Paul says: ‘The Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking,… Read more »

The Mystery of the Kingdom of God (Mt 13:24-43)

22nd July 2017

We continue the theme of the seed and the sower from last Sunday’s Gospel reading, yet this time Jesus tells us a few more parables so that we may enter more deeply into the mystery of the Kingdom of God. Parables seem to have an allegorical quality that allows the imagination to expand and think… Read more »

A Sower Went Out To Sow (Mt 13:1-23)

15th July 2017

“Listen, anyone who has ears.”  (Mt 13:9) Jesus tells the people a parable about the sower, who went out and sowed. The disciples asked Jesus why he spoke to them in parables. Jesus said to the disciples that the reason why he talked to them in parables is because he said they look without seeing… Read more »

The Radical Discipleship of Hospitality (Mt 10:37-42)

2nd July 2017

“Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple— amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” (Mt 10:42) The littleness of this act is almost scandalous. You mean, we don’t have to climb mountains, sell all… Read more »