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Sockburn parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch


Increase Our Faith…..

I have always been fond of the opening paragraph of this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 17:5-10); “The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith.' The Lord replied, 'Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the...

He is God, not of the dead, but of the living

It is  of  the  essence  of  the Christian faith that when death comes, life is changed, not ended.  When we die, our soul leaves the body and is before God for judgement awaiting the day of the Resurrection (‘of the body’, as we recite in the Apostles’ Creed). In Catholic theology,...

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C Good things came your way…. The above chart shows the incredible wealth the top ten riches people have.  While I do not know if they have been generous in helping others, this Sunday’s Gospel warns us (Luke 16:19-31) what material wealth can...

He was lost and is found

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...

Try your best to enter by the narrow door…

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Luke 13:22-30), Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem to complete His mission: to die for us, to open the door of heaven for us.  He is asked whether only a few will be saved.  He does not give a direct answer but he goes...

I am not here to bring peace….!

“Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?”, this is the question Jesus posed in this Sunday’s Gospel.  He then answered it Himself; “No, I tell you, but rather division” !!! When we recall that Jesus declared that Peacemakers are blessed (Mat. 5 :9), and that...

Lord, Teach us to Pray

We have one of the disciples of John the Baptist to thank for the prayer given to us in this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 11:1-13).  He asked Our Lord, saying; "Lord, teach us to pray".  In the ‘Our Father’, we are given a blueprint of how to pray, or at least,...

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