Posts by Fr Thomas Mason

The Pearl of Great Price (detail): Domenico Fetti (c.1589–1623), 1619; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Offered the Kingdom and a choice

When we realise the value of the kingdom, then we can give everything which we have to God, and not merely do so grudgingly, but as Christ tells us, ‘joyfully’.

St Ignatius’ Vision of Christ and the Father at La Storta (Detail), Domenichino (1581–1641), c.1622; Los Angeles County Museum of Art

God so loves the world

Christ wants to reveal the Father to us, wants to let us know him. This is the gift of Faith. It is only by this gift that we can come into that relationship of love which knowing God involves.

Giving of the Keys to S Peter (detail): Pietro Perugino (c.1450–1523), 1481–2; Sistine Chapel

We too have a mission

These two apostles had missions from God. They were prepared through their lives, by the providential working of God in their lives so that when that moment came, when that encounter happened, they were ready to receive the message which Christ had for them. They would let it enter into the heart of their beings, they would let it transform them so that they could fulfil the mission which God had for them. What was true of these great foundations of the Church can be true for us too. God has prepared us to fulfil a mission for him, he wants us to carry his message out into the world in our own particular ways.

Corpus Christi

Christ is the Bread of Life

The Body of Christ is the food which gives us the strength to live our entire lives, because the lives which we are called to live are lives which show Christ to the world.

“Pentecost” (detail), Jean Restout the Younger (1692–1768), 1732; Musée du Louvre

Come, thou holy Paraclete

Today we recall and celebrate that historical moment when the power of the Holy Ghost was first poured into the Church.

"Pentecost" (detail), El Greco (1541–1614), c.1596; Museo del Prado

The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world

We all hear the name of ‘Pentecost’, and we know that it is one of the major feasts of the Church’s year, but it is worth pausing to reflect a little more deeply on it…