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What gives us life?

What gives us life? Or where do we find life? These are the questions that jump out at me today in the Readings. Often we try and look for life in so many different places and often these places are short lived and actually are not life giving at all. They present short bursts of excitement but we are always on the search for more.  When I say all this I mean also myself. There are times when I seek the quick fix the pick me up this usually leads to mis understandings and broken relationships in some cases. This search for life is a search for joy it is search for what Paul says “ The things of heaven.” This means letting go of some of the things of earth of being detached from those things that keep us from the things of heaven. We make God’s out of these things and we worship them. We think that they give us life. 
These things as the first reading says are Vanities they are things that pass they those things that often feel fun and attractive at the time and from the outside but act…

Prayer

Often we over complicate prayer. We try and make up long and complicated prayers. We sometimes treat our prayers in that we think that God wants us to hear. And also we pray for others but often forget to pray for ourselves. But, if we are seeking a personal relationship with the person of Jesus then we need both we need collective worship that lifts the soul and our hearts to the Father this may then lead to more of a personal reflection a personal prayer the prayer that leads from formal prayer to the prayer of the heart. We are in a personal relationship with the person of Jesus. He wants to give us what is good he wants to give us what we need and what’s in our hearts. Now, this does not mean that if we pray, say a new Bentley, that he will give it to us.  Then when we pray for something and don’t get it we complain that our prayers are not answered. And yet Jesus makes it quite clear what we must do.
Ask: The psalm said “One the day I called you answered me O lord.” So Often we as…

Leave it at home!!!

This week I had the strangest experience. I felt my phone behind while I was going to the Hospital. I felt for a while naked without it. What if people need me I thought? What if an important message comes in? What if I need to answer an email? What if I need to check my facebook status. What if I needed to take a photo of something. After a while realising that I did not have it to hand I began not to miss it. There was almost a mild panic attack. I began to reflect on how we have become people of doing that we are defined by what we do by. How busy we are. Someone was telling me the other day how busy they were how tired they were becoming how they felt guilty about resting or even having a cup of tea or going for a walk. 
How have we become so obsessed with doing when after all we are human beings. We get our self esteem our sense of worth by what we are doing how wrong is this. True self esteem comes from knowing that we are children of God and that he loves us. I am not defined by…

Notes from the celebrate Homily and weekends Gospel.

In the Gospel today we have  today is one of those that we think we know back to front. When we see the first question that we come across he comes to Jesus and says what must I do to inherit enteral life. He quotes the book of Deuteronomy of what it means to love God.
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul with all your strength and with your mind and your neighbour as yourself.”
Maybe it's worth going through each of these. 
With all your heart: We constantly strive to open our hearts to the love of God. We come and praise his name by this we are opening our hearts to his love. We may extend our hearts that our body show the extent of this love of God. We are on our knees we stand we extend our hands in prayer we love God because he is love and loves us.
With all your soul. So when our hearts are open then its the soul cries out in love of the Lord look at the sound of Mary it states that that my soul cries out proclaims what he has done for us. So o…

Can we be Saints?

I asked a question about this feast day that we celebrate today. I started to list all those things that we do in order not to be a saint. Thats right NOT to be a saint. So I looked at St Peter and Paul and composed this list.
Finding prayers difficult  doubt Jesus deny him, persecute those who follow Jesus, have a lack of faith, struggle with knowing that God loves us, Do wrong things, eat too much, argue with those who you love.  Walk away when things get difficult. 
As I wrote the list a patten started to emerge. I began to realise that this list was not talking about the great saints Peter and Paul but talking about myself. Here I am riddled with Doubt find prayer difficult have a lack of faith sometimes. Certainly do wrong things, walk away when relationships and things are difficult. 
So what is being a saint. It is a gentle approach to Jesus its seeing our humanity and getting closer to Jesus by holiness and wholeness. 
Paul describes this process in the second reading. “ The Lord …

The Body of Christ

For a moment I want you to think about what we are doing here at Mass today. We are in the presence of God himself. And this God is not an impersonal God he is a God who has walked among us breathed the same air as us.  The feast today shows us how personal this God of ours is how he comes to us and we take and eat. So what then I asked myself becomes of us? I read this week a wonderful phrase that I think sums up what happens to us. We become Tabernacles of the living Christ we become a place where Jesus resides. God then lives in us this work of art this beautiful person created in his image and likeness. When I read this and thought about it. I thought to myself no wonder we sat Lord I am not worthy because we are not and that makes it all the more special because none of us are worthy and yet Jesus comes to us and resides in us. When we come up to communion or a blessing we are coming as we are we come with our brokenness our life and ask Jesus to fill us again with is love. And w…

You are loved and I will be with you always: Pentecost 2019

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The promise of the Holy Spirit that we hear about today highlights two ideas first of all that Jesus is always with us and that we are loved. On Friday I had an unexpected moment in front of the Blessed sacrament so here is my meditation on two of the Pentecost themes that I will be with you and you are loved:

I will be with you through darkness and light through pain and joy through the trials of life when you go to work when you eat when you sleep when you go for a run when there are difficulties in relationship. When you are looking after those who are sick and old. Because you are loved. 
I will be with you always when you drink your first cup of coffee when you are out with your friends when there is laughter and joy with being with them Because you are loved. 
I will be there when you have no way to turn when life seems to implode in on you when your stressed about exams or your children I will be with you because you are loved. 
I will be there on the bus as you journey to work,  w…