Monthly Archives February 2017

Do not be anxious about your life…

In the Gospel for this Sunday Jesus did not minced His words: “No man can serve two masters…You cannot serve God and mammon.” We tend to think of ‘mammon’ as money or wealth. It means more than that. The word ‘mammon’ comes from a Hebrew root that means “to entrust” – like today we speak about credit, trust funds and bonds – we trust in them!. Mammon came to mean “that in which a person places his trust.” (cf. Barclay’s commentary on Matthew’s Gospel). Mammon can become a substitute for God; an idol, a false God – an end all
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But I say this to you (Part II)

(7th Sunday in Ordinary Time) In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus continues with putting His mark on the Old Law:  “You heard it said (referring to the Law and Prophets)”…… “but I say this to you”. “You have learnt how it was said: You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” The Old Law which Jesus refers to can be found in the book of Exodus (21:23-25) “ If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth,
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But I say this to you!!

(6th Sunday in Ordinary Time) St Matthew wrote his Gospel addressing Jewish converts who had come to recognised Jesus as the Messiah. The first five books of the Old Testament, namely the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, are collectively known as the Torah. In the Gospel of Matthew, there is a structure based on the Torah. It is because St Matthew addressed the Jewish converts who were very familiar with the Torah, and he wanted them to see how in the person of Jesus was the fulfilment of the Old Testament prophecies, and therefore He was the
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You are the Salt of the Earth

(5th Sunday in Ordinary Time) In this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 5:13-16) Jesus uses two imagery to teach what his discipleship entails: to be His disciples is to be ‘salt of the earth’ and ‘light of the world’.  What salt and light do makes a positive difference to others.  A true Christian is a person not just for himself, but also for others – he has an effect, a positive effect, on his environment in which he lives.  Actually, reading the passage carefully, we will find that Our Lord does not say we are to become salt and light, but that
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