Theology and Scripture

This Sunday’s readings focus on God being at our side at all times. Through our belief in the resurrection, we are his children. Our God is the God of the living. In the First Reading it is this belief in the resurrection that gives strength to a...
Two people stand looking at sunset
The readings this Sunday are full of encouragement. Our compassionate God loves us so much that he looks beyond our sins to see the people we can become. However unworthy we may seem, God seeks us out and calls us to him. The First Reading...
Zacchaeus in a sycamore tree
As the end of the Church’s year approaches, we renew our commitment to the Lord who desires to draw ever closer to those who are humble. The First Reading shows how the Lord hears the petitions of the poor, while the Psalm echoes this by showing the...
A man with head bowed in prayer
I prepare myself for prayer by slowing down, relaxing my body, breathing gently, putting aside worries and concerns for the moment. I read the psalm slowly a few times. How do I feel? What is my main response to the psalm? This is a pilgrim’s prayer...
Text: I lift up my eyes to the mountains: from where shall come my help? Image: mountains
Longing for healing and expressing gratitude are threads that pull together all of the scripture we pray this Sunday. In the First Reading, Naaman, commander of a foreign king’s army, cannot use his power to escape the ravages of leprosy. Yet with a...
Manuscript illustration of Jesus with the leper who returned and those who ran away.
Today’s readings demonstrate our need for the gift of faith and the patience of faithfulness, to give us a new vision and understanding of the world. In the First Reading the prophet Habakkuk looks at the evil all around him and the suffering of...
A tree
This week’s readings remind us that we are called to share our gifts and possessions with those who have less than we do. Our faith in the promises of Jesus is demonstrated by the way we live. In the First Reading the prophet Amos speaks forcefully...
James Tissot picture of Lazarus, with the dogs
This week’s readings challenge us to reflect on our attitude towards money. It should never displace our generous and just God from being at the centre of our lives. In the First Reading, Amos attacks those who take advantage of the poor and...
A man paying for something on his laptop with his card.
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