Posts by OLV Parish

Pray continually and never lose heart

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 18 :1-8) Our Lord speaks of the need to pray continually and never lose heart. He gives us the parable of the widow pestering a judge – rather persistently – for justice. Eventually she gets what she wanted. It is very similar to the parable we heard a few Sundays ago – the so-called, the parable of the ‘Importunate Friend’ (11:5-8). In that parable, it was the harassed father of the family disturbed in the middle of the night who had to get up to help his friend because he was persistent. Persistence is
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One Out of Ten

This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 17:11-19) Our Lord encounters a group of lepers.  Their suffering was more than their physical disfigurement and physical well being; they were also rejected by others.  Our Lord cured all ten of them but only one returned to Him.  Furthermore, he was a Samaritan, who as people, are hated by the People of God.  As I preached last week: how human it is of us to cry out to God in times of need, and then accuse God of not listening, and then in good times, to forget God.    The Samaritan got the full benefit
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Were your faith the size of a mustard seed…

The short Gospel passage (Luke 17:5-10) for this Sunday appears disjointed, as if they were two separate bits. In the first part, Our Lord declares that just a tiny grain can grow into a big plant, genuine faith can work wonders. In the second half, he uses the parable of the homecoming servant (who serves their master before sitting to their own meal) to draw out the correct attitude of the servant before his master. They may appear disjointed, but there is a connecting theme between them: ‘faith’. If we could “measure” faith, it would be more in ‘quality’ than
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You cannot be a slave of both God and money

You cannot be slave of both and money In the Gospel (Luke 16:1-13, or 16:10-13), we read of the steward, an ‘employee’, who lost his job because he squandered the goods and talents entrusted to him by his master. Before news of his dismissal becomes public, he strikes a deal with his master’s debtor, to win favour from them. At first glance, Our Lord seems to praise the steward for his dishonesty, but on closer observation, we find that the steward is actually being commended for his shrewdness. He grasps his critical situation and acts with foresight, with vision. The
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He was lost and is found

24th Ordinary Time As the saying goes: “to err is human, and to forgive is Divine”. It is a good phrase for the Year of Mercy which is coming to a close. All three readings for this Sunday focus attention on Divine forgiveness, and of course, our human waywardness that is in need of forgiveness. Each reading considers this notion of Mercy from a somewhat different angle. In the Gospel, God seeks out sinners like the shepherd who seeks the single lost sheep, and like the woman who searches for the one lost coin, and like the father who runs
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None of you can be my disciples unless…..

(23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time) As Our Lord approached the city of Jerusalem, He was aware of the demands on Him and He was anxious too that His followers recognise them. Using rather harsh parables captured in this Sunday’s Gospel, (Lk 14:25-33) He asked His disciple to reflect on their commitment and the cost entailed: “None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions”. There is no escaping the point of the parables.  Perhaps a better perspective is to see, not so much the ‘giving up’, for giving up is a loss, but to see
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Full of Grace…

The final cry of the most ancient Marian prayer known as the Sub tuum praesidium is: “Oh blessed and glorious Virgin!” There is record of the use of the hymn right back to the fourth century, and it could even have been used much earlier. The early Christians acknowledged that God blessed Mary in many ways, including that of already being in a glorified state, a state to which other members of Christ’s mystical body can only look forward to at the end of the world. This was also echoed in Sacred Scriptures, especially in the Gospel of Luke. First,
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See That You Are Dressed for Action

In all the readings for this Sunday, there is a call to be ready for God: “see that you are dressed for action, and have your lamps lit”. Paganism at the time of Jesus is not like paganism in New Zealand today. In the past, paganism was still like a kind of a ‘religion’ in the sense that most pagans still had a belief in some kind of god/s and a willingness to pray to god/s. The paganism of our time is very different. What pervades our societies today is a paganism that is hostile to things of God, and
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Embracing God’s Plan

(18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C) The goal of the Christian life is to purify our hearts and minds from worldly ways and earthly thinking and set our lives on the way to total abandonment and trust in the Father. It is He who offers us His Kingdom through His Son in the Spirit with the sole motive of making everyone of us part of His Kingdom. The one who understands this great treasure and surrender himself or herself totally to Him becomes a truly happy person in his or her life. This person has all his or her
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