Category Archives: Fr. James Richardson

Little Things


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Run Time: approximately 9 minutes. Gospel: Mk 4: 26-34.

…And so this image, particularly of the mustard seed and the plant that grows from it. There’s a bit of irony in this that I think is lost. We hear this and think, ‘Oh yes! Mustard seed. Little tiny – ah – speck that grows into this big tree. And What’s a mustard three look like?’ There is no such thing as a mustard tree. If you’ve done any farming you know what mustard looks like, and you’ve shaken your fists at it. If you’ve done any gardening you know its a fairly invasive plant. And still if you go to Galilee today in the hillsides around the sea of Galilee there are fields and fields with this tiny, little yellow flowers that come out of this bramble. That’s the mustard plant. And a little bit of it can choke out a whole field very quickly. A little bit of it spreads like wild fire. An indiscernible amount and once its in, try to get it out.
…That little bit; not of the mighty things – not of the great and weighty things, but beginning in the little, little things of life. Where the Word of God is sown it spreads, and begins to color the whole field of our life.

Things Are A Bit Off


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes. Gospel: Mk 3: 20-35.

That the work – in that sense of the devil and his temptation – is incomplete. That there remains something in us (and this is a firmly Catholic principal), That however burdened we are in sin. That however fallen we may be from God and the struggle and the difficulty of … original sin that we carry with us and its effects. That we remain creatures in the image and likeness of God. And in this we have hope. And this is that constant reminder of Whose we are. That little itch within myself – even when I turn from Him – to know that I ought not, and that there is something better in store for me.

Lauda, Sion

Fr. James Richardson tells the story of two Eucharistic miracles, including a recent one from the 1990’s

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Run Time: approximately 13 minutes. Gospel: Mk 14:12-16, 22-26.

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Lauda Sion

Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
Christ, your king and shepherd true:

Bring him all the praise you know,
He is more than you bestow.
Never can you reach his due.

Special theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick’ning and the living
Bread today before you set:

From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
Where the Twelve at supper met.

Full and clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
From your heart let praises burst:

For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
Of that supper was rehearsed.

Here the new law’s new oblation,
By the new king’s revelation,
Ends the form of ancient rite:

Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
Light dispels the gloom of night.

What he did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
His memorial ne’er to cease:

And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine:

Sight has fail’d, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith believes,
Resting on a pow’r divine.

Here beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:

Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to be.

Whoso of this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
Christ is whole to all that taste:

Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
Eats of him who cannot waste.

Bad and good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
Endless death, or endless life.

Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
Is with unlike issues rife.

When the sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,
That each sever’d outward token
doth the very whole contain.

Nought the precious gift divides,
Breaking but the sign betides
Jesus still the same abides,
still unbroken does remain.

Lo! the angel’s food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
see the children’s bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.

Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
manna to the fathers sent.

Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.

You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav’nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.

God Is Always Greater

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Run Time: approximately 8 minutes. Gospel: Mt 28:16-20.

…When we reflect on the holy Trinity – yes, we’ve seen something of the life of God and what a stupendous thing that is. What an amazing marvel that you and I are graced to peer into the very life of the eternal God. He’s sort of opened Himself up like a book for us. But also, that He has invited us into that same life.… Celebrate this Trinity Sunday as a reminder of the awesome things to which we have been made privileged, but also as a reminder to the life that we have been called…

The Holy Enabler

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Gospel


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Sermon


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Run Time: approximately 12 minutes.

…[O]nly with the help of God, only with the Spirit of God, is it possible that the life of self-giving love, that life of sacrificial offering – which is lived in imitation of Him Who came that we might have life … is possible because of this gift [of the Holy Spirit].

A Great And Noble Offering

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Readings Total Run Time: approximately 2 minutes.

Sermon


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.