Archive for February 6, 2020


I have pondered over what final message I could possibly convey to my children, two boys and a girl on my deathbed that would be meaningful and impactful. Would I share the lessons I’ve learnt through often painful life experiences? Should I share the top ten mistakes to avoid and then the top ten right choices to make?

Nay! There is no greater message than that of God’s unending love for us. How we must truly love Him above all, with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. To keep His commandments and to teach others to do the same.

Then I came to the realisation that pondering over what to say at my deathbed was not only foolish but outright ridiculous! This all important message of God’s love and love of God, is not only for my children, or children’s children; but for everyone and now! It is best conveyed through a life lived fully in the presence of my Lord and God. Not by speech alone but through my hands and feet put into action for love of Him and love of brethren.

Let your Word Lord be a lamp unto my feet. Amen

St Paul Miki and companions pray for us…..

First reading

1 Kings 2:1-4,10-12
David’s dying exhortation to Solomon

As David’s life drew to its close he laid this charge on his son Solomon, ‘I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and show yourself a man. Observe the injunctions of the Lord your God, following his ways and keeping his laws, his commandments, his customs and his decrees, as it stands written in the Law of Moses, that so you may be successful in all you do and undertake, so that the Lord may fulfil the promise he made me, “If your sons are careful how they behave, and walk loyally before me with all their heart and soul, you shall never lack for a man on the throne of Israel.”’would
So David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the Citadel of David. David’s reign over Israel lasted forty years: he reigned in Hebron for seven years, and in Jerusalem for thirty-three.
Solomon was seated upon the throne of David, and his sovereignty was securely established.

Gospel

Mark 6:7-13
‘Take nothing with you’

Jesus made a tour round the villages, teaching. Then he summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.