Daily Reflections

Daily Reflection, July 17, 2024

Readings:

Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16
Matthew 11:25-27

Reflection:

Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel reading appear in both Matthew and Luke. However, the evangelists place them in different settings. Luke 10:21-22 comes after the return of the 72 disciples. It is prayer of thanksgiving for the success of their mission and for the understanding revealed to them, the ‘little ones’ who are not considered learned or wise. In contrast, in Matthew, it appears that Jesus’ mission in Galilee has produced few followers, as his contempt for the cities of Chorazin and Bethsaida shows (verses 20-24). The supposedly wise and learned of these cities have not grasped the message, but the Father has revealed it to those who are childlike in comparison, probably peasant or working class people.

The Gospel is not rejecting wisdom and learning but rather challenges our attitudes to seeking truth. We all know people who believe that they already know all the answers and feel in control. In their own estimation, they are wise and intelligent. There are others realise that they are often out of their depth. They may feel that they may not even know the right questions. They are open to questions in an unaffected, unpretentious way. In the Gospel it is people such as these who are open to Jesus and his revelation. At a time when much of our social and political discourse is characterised by hostility and absolute certitudes, I can be tempted to respond in the same way. Today’s Gospel reminds me that greater humility and reservation would enable the truth to be revealed.

John McGrath is a parishioner of St Brigid’s Marrickville.

Daily Reflection, July 12, 2024

Readings:
Hosea 14:2-10
Matthew 10:16-23

Reflection:
In the last month or so, one of the key themes that has been coming to me in my prayers, my reflections and in my life is a theme of vulnerability.

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Daily Reflection, July 11, 2024

Feast of St. Benedict
Readings:
Hosea 11: 1-4, 8-9
Matthew 10: 7-15

Reflection:
Our first reading from Hosea uses a very comforting; some might say a very feminine, image of God nurturing, encouraging and leading with ‘strings of love’.

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Daily Reflection, July 10, 2024

Readings:
Hosea 10:1-3. 7-8. 12
Matthew 10:1-7

Reflection:
“The harvest is rich, but the labourers are few,” Jesus laments before giving his followers the authority to take up the load (9:37).

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Daily Reflection, July 9, 2024

Readings:
Genesis 3:9-15
Hosea 8:4-7.11-13
Matthew 9:32-38

Reflection:
In and around Sydney, there are many good fishing spots, especially on the Coast, which is only a few miles from our city.

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Daily Reflection, July 8, 2024

Readings:
Hosea 2:16,17-18,21-22
Matthew 9: 18-26

Reflection:
One can only marvel at the approach Jesus takes in his ministry. It’s always so God centred that is, emphatic, through compassion, mercy, justice and forgiveness.

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