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Sockburn parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Christchurch


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,...

“Go, and do the same yourself’

In the Gospel (Luke 10:25-37) for this Sunday’s Mass, Jesus gives us the exquisite parable of the Good Samaritan.  His message is powerful; that neither nationality nor religion nor race should set a limit to our responsibility of coming to the aid of another human being.  To grasp better his...

I will follow you…

Roughly a third of the Gospel of Luke, or ten chapters, are about the Journey of Christ to Jerusalem.  Scripture scholars often referred to these chapters as the Great Journey of Jesus.  And this Great Journey starts with this Sunday’s Gospel passage, the beginning of Chapter 9; “As the time...

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