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Homily Studio – Sunday 2 April 2023
John Cynthia Piper, Triona Doocey and Catherine Gibbs in conversation with John O’Connor reflecting on the scriptures for Palm Sunday.
Read the Palm Sunday readings at this link.
John mentions the Holy Saturday Office of Readings of reflection from an ancient homily. Listen at this link.
Palm Sunday – by Joy Cowley
No donkey this time
But a borrowed Honda 550.
Jesus riding into town
with a black leather jacket,
jeans frayed at the knees,
and L-O-V-E tattooed
on the knuckles of his right hand.
Those who saw him
said his smile was like the sun,
warming shadowed corners
and causing the way to blossom
Those who saw him told
of all the light left over
to be taken home and set
in eyes, in hearts
and at windows for strangers.
It was like a miracle,
The rest of us missed it.
We were in another part of the city,
waiting for the Messiah.
from Aotearoa Psalms – Prayers of a new People
Wednesday 29 March 2023
Read the scriptures for Wednesday Week Five in Lent at this link.
Tuesday 28 March 2023
Read the scriptures for Tuesday Week Five in Lent at this link.
Monday 27 March 2023
Read the scriptures for Monday Week Five in Ordinary Time at this link.
Sunday 26 March 2023
Read the scriptures for the Fifth Sunday in Lent at this link.
Saturday 25 March 2023
Read the scriptures for the Feast of the Annunciation at this link.
Friday 24 March 2023
Read the scriptures for Friday Week Four in Lent at this link.
Thursday 23 March 2023
Read the scriptures for Thursday of Week Four in Lent at this link.
Wednesday 22 March 2023
Read the scriptures for Wednesday of Week Four in Lent at this link.
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I’m not sure if children today are told the great story of the Emperor’s New Clothes, but if not let’s make sure that the parable is taught at all schools of higher learning.
A few years ago I discovered the wonderful way that God uses my imagination in my prayer.
Such openness to imagination when seeking God does not take us away from reality into fantasy but instead brings me into what is most real and inescapably personal and intimate.
A couple of thousand years ago, a young Jewish woman was going about her normal morning routines, perhaps with a mixture of house and garden work, chatting with parents and neighbours, aware of the local drought, the sickness of a neighbour and annoyed by the neighbourhood’s lack of sleep caused by the Romans’ noisy party the night before, when God broke into her routine and entered her life in a new and powerful way.