Daily Reflections

Daily Reflection, June 25, 2024

Readings:

2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36
Matthew 7:6,12-14

Reflection:

Our first reading today is about war and mayhem in the Middle East.  Pope Francis wrote recently that all wars are insane and that there are no winners.  We ask and ask, why haven’t we supposedly civilised people, civilised nations, proud of our culture and heritage? Why haven’t we found some way of living in harmony on the earth, our common home? “Treat others the way you would like them to treat you”, Jesus says in the gospel.  So simple!  It’s not rocket science.  

It has been hard listening to many of the Bible readings in the liturgy these days. Our recent first readings at mass over the last weeks have been full of slaughter -and so much of it done, not just in the name of God, but at God’s command. The prophet Elijah slaughters 450 priests of Baal. God’s prophet condemns Jezebel to be eaten by dogs in the palace yard. Today God’s angels slaughter 185,000 Assyrians. Has anything changed in these thousands of years?  God of Israel, whose name we cannot write, Allah, Jesus Christ, what crimes have been committed in your name!  

Simone Weil, the French-Jewish philosopher who died during World War 11, spoke of all war being a delusion and misfortune, the result of the spiritual emptiness and the dehumanising selfishness of individuals, nations and their rulers.   In her profound reflection, “Waiting on God”, she says that empathy and attention are the pathways to peace.  We must have the compassion to sense and see the deep humanity we have in common, and to value each and every person in their dignity and in their need.  “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”, she wrote.

“Are you paying attention?”, many of us heard our teachers say when we were children.  Well …..  are we?  Will we?

Fr Tom McDonough CP the Parish Priest and Community Leader at St.Paul’s, Glen Osmond, SA

Daily Reflection, June 25, 2024

Readings:
2 Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-36
Matthew 7:6,12-14

Reflection:
Our first reading today is about war and mayhem in the Middle East. Pope Francis wrote recently that all wars are insane and that there are no winners.

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Daily Reflection, June 24, 2024

Birth of John the Baptist
Readings:
Isaiah 49:1-6
Acts 13:22-26
Luke 1:57-66,80

Reflection:
Today’s readings herald a new era in God’s salvation story. As we celebrate the Nativity of John the Baptist,

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Daily Reflection, June 23, 2024

12th Sunday in Ordinary time
Readings:
Job 38:1,8-11
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
Mark 4: 35-41

Reflection:
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a dinner cruise that lasted for almost three hours. As the vessel embarked, the sea appeared to be serene and majestic with its

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Daily Reflection, June 22, 2024

Readings:
2Chronicles 24:17-25
Matthew 6:24-34

Reflection:
It would be easy to go to the last line of today’s Gospel passage and bemoan the fact that ‘each day has enough trouble of its own’.

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Daily Reflection, June 21, 2024

Readings:
2 Kings 11:1-4,9-18,20
Matthew 6:19-23

Reflection:
The phrase that resonates with me is, “ Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

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