Do Not Be Afraid

“Do not be afraid.” – Mt 10.26 Today’s gospel message wasn’t just a recalling of Jesus words… it was particularly aimed at the early Christian community that received this gospel. In many ways they were a community in hiding. They were isolated for fear of persecution. And into this space, Jesus’ words are as much…

Body of Christ

“…Though there are many of us, we form a single body …” – 1Cor 10.17 THE BODY OF CHRIST This weekend, as we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy the Body and Blood of Christ, we are acutely aware that our community is not gathering to celebrate Mass. For this time of shutdown, we…

Survey

“Jesus said to Nicodemus, ‘God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son…’” – Jn 3.16 GOD’S EMBRACE I have shared before about the TV show, The Chosen, an ongoing series about the life of Jesus. The conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus of today’s gospel is one of my favourite scenes in…

Anticipation

“Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth.” – Ps 103.30 Some days it feels like the whole world is waiting for something to happen. It is like we are caught between the Ascension and Pentecost; between the promise and its fulfilment. Just like the disciples after Jesus was taken up…

Community Update

A week ago, the Vicar-General of the Newcastle Diocese wrote to all the parishes to help navigate the easing of restrictions and to communicate certain decisions for our diocese. The letter can be read on the Diocese’s website. It is important to note that the suspension of public Masses is still in effect: Believing it…

What Makes Us Christian?

“…Always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.” – 1Pt3.15 We find ourselves at a time when the customary practices that define us are not available to us. If someone was to meet me today, would they recognise me as a follower of Jesus?…

Co-responsibility

“We will hand over this duty to them…” – Acts 6.3 Today’s first reading begins with some members of the community complaining to the leaders that there were people going without food during the daily distributions. Rather than deal with the issue directly, the apostles take the opportunity to raise up leaders within that particular…

The Lord is My Shepherd

“…You have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.” – 1Pt 2.25 THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I am always interested to read how the contemporaries of Jesus understood Jesus. Today, in both the first and second readings, we listen to the words of Peter. In the first reading from Acts, Peter…

The Next Right Thing

“They stopped short, their faces downcast.” – Lk 24.17 On Monday night, I was invited to be a part of an online chat about this Sunday’s gospel with a couple of friends from the parish I grew up in. Before we got together, one of the participants sent out a video clip from the animated…

No Borders

“Jesus came and stood among them.” – Jn 20.19 Closed doors are no barrier to Jesus. Self-isolated disciples are not hidden from Jesus. The Risen Jesus is able to penetrate into any space and His words are: “Peace be with you.” Following Jesus, we cannot allow our current situation to disconnect us from the community…