We Are The Body

‘This is my body…’ – 1Cor 11.24 Today, we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. It is wonderful that we are able to gather as a community to celebrate the Eucharist together, and through this celebration, we are transformed into Jesus’ body to be given for others. Following the description of…

Encounter Jesus in Community

‘…delighting in the human race.’ – Prv 8.31 Our invitation today is to imitate the Trinity, to be one community, reaching out in love and building life-giving relationships. We are invited to Encounter Jesus in the life of this community. Want to be involved? Why not join a small group – Faithways, Family Groups, Craft…

Prepared for Mission

‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses…’ – Acts 1.8 Our community has been praying. We have been praying for the Holy Spirit to come – into our lives and into this community. In today’s first reading, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit…

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

‘…the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name…’ – Jn 14.26 The apostles were excited by the coming of the Holy Spirit. This gift of God’s life and love in the third person of the Trinity brings new life and new possibilities. Today, we welcome into our community those candidates preparing to…

Inspiring Words

‘They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith.’ – Acts 14.22 In this weekend’s reflection, I make reference to a number of books that people may be interested in reading. The books (plus a few extra) are listed below: Rebuilt: Awakening the Faithful, Reaching the Lost, and Making Church…

Filled with Joy

…the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.’ – Acts 13.52 How do I feel when I gather together with the community of disciples? I ask myself this question, and then wonder what it was like in that first Christian community. Would I describe myself as ‘full of joy and the Holy Spirit’?…

The Gift of the Spirit

‘We are witnesses to all this, we and the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’ – Acts 5.32 I get a lot of news reports in my email that usually I skim through to keep up with what’s happening in the Church and the world. That’s how I came across…

Divine Mercy Sunday

‘For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.’ There may be times in our lives when we feel low — we may feel that we have failed, that somehow we have fallen short, not made the grade, not made a difference, stuffed up, lucked out, missed the…

The Jesus Encounter

“You must have heard about the recent happenings…” – Acts 10.37 What did we come here today to see? What are we hoping to find? In the Gospel today, we are presented with the experiences of three people, Mary of Magdala, and the disciples, John and Peter. Perhaps, their experiences may be a mirror for…

Encountering Jesus

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Lk 19.38 Do we get excited when a person or event brings us into an experience of the love of God? In our first Gospel reading today, the people cried out, “Hosanna,” a word which is used to express adoration, praise and…