31Aug 31 Aug, Wednesday of Week 22

The Winding Road To Heaven

Today's texts suggest the long process of growth with its ups and downs, before reaching "the hope held in store for you in heaven."

Arriving at Simon Peter's home, Jesus learns that the apostle's mother-in-law is "in the grip of a severe fever." We note of the sequence of events. The story, in being told over and over again, has been reduced to its bare

30Aug 30 Aug, Tuesday of Week 22

Crucial Transitions

For most of us life plods along without much excitement. Routine becomes the pace of every day. Wise old Solomon admitted this fact: "What has been, will be; what has been done, will be done. Nothing is new under the

29Aug 29 Aug, Monday, The Beheading of St John the Baptist (Memorial)

Death of the Baptist

(from Butler's "Lives of the Saints")

St. John the Baptist was called by God to be the forerunner of his divine Son. In order to preserve his innocence spotless, and to improve the extraordinary graces which he had received, he was directed by the Holy

28Aug 28 Aug, Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


St Paul's ringing challenge to "present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God," is indeed a high ideal, a worthy target for all who wish to aim at realising the full value and potential of their lives. In Jeremiah and Jesus we have two inspiring examples of doing God's will in the teeth of opposition and danger. This is a message of living hope, to all those for whom life is a struggle, and for whom

28Aug Missal Translation – a Lutheran perspective

Lutheran Gail Ramshaw writes: Because I affirm the unity of the body of Christ, I consider that the health of one arm affects the entire body. Thus I am either strengthened or weakened by the worship style of other Christians. For decades I've worked as a lay Lutheran toward making the words of Christian worship communally approved, biblically inspired, theologically alive and masterfully crafted. Given these convictions, I say with sadness that the new English translation of the Roman Catholic Order of Mass, mandated by the Vatican to be inaugurated this Advent, wounds not only many of my Catholic friends but also me.
Let me apply these four goals not only to the forthcoming Roman Catholic rite but also to texts used by many Protestant churches. (Continues...)
It's on http://christiancentury.org/article/2011-08/yesterday-s-language

28Aug 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Liturgy Preparation

This weekend, Christians gather to praise God and to ask for help and grace. They know the difficulties that can come when they try to live the right way. Often the road of life is like the way of the cross.....

27Aug 27 Aug, Saturday of Week 21

Talents are for Using

The gist of today's parable is summarized in the paradox: The haves will get more, while the have-nots will lose even the little that they have. Like an automobile or a typewriter, God's gifts must be kept in use, in order to stay in good condition; non-use leads to stagnation, sticky parts and clogged

27Aug Words of welcome for continental visitors – Summer Sundays

Presiders at weekend liturgies may like to welcome groups or individuals from continental Europe with greetings like these at the beginning or end of Mass. Phonetic versions are given for priests or congregation leaders unfamiliar with these languages. Corrections and other suggestions most welcome.

26Aug 26 Aug, Friday of Week 21

Pitfalls of Eschatology

Jesus points out that not all even of the specially chosen people are assured salvation. Only five of the bridesmaids were there to welcome the bridal party; five others were told, "I do not know you." The interpretation of this parable developed within early Christian history. In first speaking it Jesus

25Aug 25 Aug, Thursday of Week 21

Honest Stewardship

The local Pauline churches were eager for the glorious second coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle prays, "may he strengthen your hearts... at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints." Similarly in the greeting for the first letter to the Corinthians he prays that they be