Peter Knott SJ

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In speaking of the way we should think about security for the future, Jesus used a curious example - a man who cheated his employer. Luke 16.1-8   But it's the astuteness, not the dishonesty of the steward we are to imitate. Wise people look to the future. They think ahead. Such was the worldly-wise steward. He used his resourcefulness to secure his material needs.Those who try to keep close to Christ must equally look to the future.All the goods of this world are entrusted to us...
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Jesus tells an unusual parable.  Luke 16.1-13    It appears to support dishonesty.  A steward who manages his master’s estates is accused of wasting his employer’s goods; he is dismissed, but before he goes he must submit his final account.    This gives the steward time to plan his future. He is about to join the ranks of the unemployed and he wonders how he will survive.He can’t face the thought of a labourer’s job or begging on the streets....
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We live in a world in which violence forms much of the news each day.  Yet we hear Jesus saying ‘you must love the Lord your God with all your hearts and your neighbour as yourself.’  Matt 23, 37-39.  This kind of love includes everyone, even our enemies.  Matt 5.44   Love of God and love of neighbour cannot be separated.From the Christian viewpoint, those who love others, but do not believe in God, are none the less honouring him. But those who claim to love God...
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A lantern can be useful when it’s pitch-dark, but it becomes superfluous and unnoticeable in the noonday sun. This doesn’t mean its light is bad, only that it’s weak.If we hold that image in our minds, we will see both a huge irony and a profound lesson in the Gospels when they describe the arrest of Jesus.  John, for example, describes his arrest this way: “Judas brought the cohort to this place together with guards sent by the chief priests and Pharisees, all carrying lanterns and...
A cross
Jesus revealed his glory to the disciples to strengthen them for the scandal of the Cross. His glory shone from a body like our own to show that the Church, which is the Body of Christ, would one day share his glory.' Preface of TransfigurationIn other words, the transformation of Christ is a sign of the transformation open to all Christians. As we hear in the Canon of this Mass, beyond the horizon of death 'we shall see you, our God, as you are; we shall become like you and praise you for ever...
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Christ is the giver of Good News, pointing the way to live life to the full.  ‘I came’, said Jesus,’ that you might have the fullness of life.’ John 10.10   But the Good News, the Gospel,  includes some ‘hard sayings’ Matt 5. 17-48   Jesus' teaching shows up our human frailties. Right living starts with right attitudes.  We need to control our thoughts and emotions before they result in outward actions.Hearing this, some people are going to feel uncomfortable...
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There are two extremes that the Christian must avoid,” says Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.*  “One extreme speaks only of personal self-fulfillment and denies the example and words of Jesus about taking up a cross. The other extreme speaks only the negative language of denial and renunciation and does not allow for the proper self-love without which true growth is not possible. There is a middle ground and it may be found only when we reject both extremes and try to combine into one the two...
A Unity Cross
All major religions believe that the first thing we need to affirm about God is that God is ineffable, beyond all human imagination and language. Everything we think and say about God reveals some truth, but, this side of eternity, never the complete truth. No dogma and no religion provides an adequate expression of God.All religious truth is partial and limited in its historical expression and cannot claim adequacy. All religions,  all expressions of theology, irrespective of denomination...
How should we understand the Eucharist?  When instituting the Eucharist at Last Supper, Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to understand what they were doing, he only asked them to celebrate it faithfully until he returned.  When he offered them bread and said, “This is my body”, and then offered them wine and said, “This is my blood”, they would not have understood.  There must have been considerable confusion and bewilderment: How are we supposed to understand this?Their...
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After explaining the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer,  St Augustine goes on to speak about answers to prayer.We do not know how to pray as we ought. You may still perhaps ask why the apostle Paul said, 'We do not know how to pray as we ought'; for it is impossible to believe that either he or those to whom he was saying this did not know the Lord's prayer. The apostle shows that he himself is not exempt from ignorance. He hardly knew how to pray as he ought when, to prevent his...

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