Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums

Prayer for Mothers

Loving God, we pray for all mothers especially:
new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;

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God seeks to win our hearts

‘In the love-story recounted by the Bible, God comes towards us, he seeks to win our hearts, all the way to the Last Supper, to the piercing of his heart on the Cross, to his appearances after the Resurrection and to the great deeds by which, through the activity of the Apostles, he guided the nascent Church along its path. He has loved us first and he continues to do so; we too, then, can respond with love. God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and since he has “loved us first”, love can also blossom as a response within us.

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All who live in me, and I in them, bear much fruit

Fifth Easter Sunday Gospel Reflection (Jn 15:1-8)

The Lectionary of this Easter season draws out some of the ‘classic’ gospel passages, particularly some of the discourses from the Gospel of John. Like many ‘famous’ or familiar passages, it can be true that familiarity breeds contempt – we think we are so familiar with the passage that we don’t need to pay it much attention.

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Year of Grace

The Bishops of Australia have invited the whole Church to a Year of Grace which will commence at Pentecost, 2012.

Bishop Anthony Fisher will launch this for the Parramatta Diocese at the 11am Mass on Pentecost Sunday, 27th May.

There will be a procession of diocesan representatives dressed in national costumes. This will set the scene for an experience of ethnic diversity. Everyone attending the 11am Mass on Pentecost Sunday is invited to bring a plate of food of their traditional cuisine which can be shared after Mass.

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Fourth Sunday of Easter Reflection

John 10:11-18

The gospel reading, like the first reading from Acts 4, is about leadership. It has some resonance for me. When I was a child, my siblings and I used to spend our weekends and holidays herding the cows, just being with them and keeping them safe as they grazed on the edge of the roads around the Macedon-Gisborne district. We liked our cows, even if we didn't want to spend all day with them. Each one of our small herd had a name and a personality. They were ours. They knew us and we knew them. We weren't shepherds, but we came close to being an Australian equivalent of the good shepherd of the ancient world pictured in this gospel passage.

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