Theology and Scripture

O God, strength of those who hope in you, graciously hear our pleas, and, since without you mortal frailty can do nothing, grant us always the help of your grace, that in following your commands we may please you by our resolve and our deeds. Our...
Sprouting seeds
O God, from whom all good things come, grant that we, who call on you in our need, may at your prompting discern what is right, and by your guidance, do it. The readings for this Sunday show us both the alienation brought about by sin, and the...
Painting of Jesus with his disciples near Galilee.
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Christ is our...
Altar set out for Mass.
O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work when the Gospel was...
Stained glass of a dove with wings outstretched and 11 flames
As the joyous season of Easter comes to a close, this Sunday’s Scripture brings our focus onto Christ’s loving relationship with us. We see how the very early Church decided that the person who was to replace Judas needed to be someone who had known...
A painting by a 19th century artist of the Last Supper, with Jesus in red surrounded by his disciples
The central theme of today’s readings is God’s unfailing and overwhelming love for humanity. In the First Reading we hear of an incident at the house of the centurion Cornelius that marks a turning point for Peter and the whole church. The Holy...
A sculpture of a mother in an embrace with her child
Today’s readings remind us of the amazing intimacy that God offers us. Jesus himself invites us to make our home within him – for if we can allow him to live within our hearts, God will make us truly fruitful. St John’s Gospel shows us this...
Grapes on the vine
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