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Sunday Reflection - 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 16 Oct 2021 17:10

Today we meet the delightful sons of Zebedee, James and John. They are two of those most trusted band of Jesus' disciples. Already in Mark's gospel, we have seen Jesus reminding them of the need to have a child-like attitude, reminding them that 'whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it' (Mk 10:15). Like Peter, James and John do not always get it right and do and... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 09 Oct 2021 17:10

In the gospel today, Mark presents a vocation story of the rich young man. He is a good person who simply wants a share in life that Jesus wants to offer. There is a danger that we could think that, as he is simply lists his achievements, he is showing off. However, he has simply kept the commandments and tried to live a good life. He has not stolen or told lies, he has respected his parents and never... Read More »

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:17

Our Gospel today warns us against sectarianism and trying to make out that Christ is just 'for us'—something we have been so guilty of! The disciples seem jealous that others are bringing the light of Christ to others: they fail to fully appreciate that the Gospel is for all and not just a narrow group in society. Jesus makes it very clear that all can share in the beauty of the mission—even... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 12:45

It is interesting that the gospel this week opens with Jesus' re-enforcing what being the 'Messiah' actually means: 'The Son of Man will be handed over to those who will kill him. Three days later, however, he will rise to life' (Mk 9:31). Mark places this event after the gift of Transfiguration: Peter, James and John gained an insight into what resurrection would mean, but they were still confused... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 10:16

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy reflects on the Gospel for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, looking at the difficulty that Peter faced when answering Jesus.

In our reading from Mark's Gospel today, Jesus asks the serious question: 'who do people say that I am?' (Mk 8:27). The disciples do not want to seem to answer this, opting for the popular ploy of politicians they tell Jesus that 'people are saying!' In... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 23rd Sunday - Year B

Sunday Reflection - 23rd Sunday - Year B

Posted: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 08:56

Our Gospel today is very vivid and shows the power of incarnation—an incarnation that is not magical or some fantasy experience. Jesus meets a man who is deaf and unable to speak; aware of the need for privacy and not making his miracle some sort of tabloid sensation, 'Jesus took him off alone, away from the crowd' (Mk 7:33). With Jesus we see a profound respect for the dignity of the individual;... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 22nd Sunday - Year B

Sunday Reflection - 22nd Sunday - Year B

Posted: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 10:24

Today we return to the gospel of Mark, after our summer reflection on the 'bread of life' in John's gospel. Last week we saw people leaving Jesus' side because they cannot accept the overwhelming power of the good news. Today we meet Jesus in another conflict situation: his disciples are criticised because they have not washed their hands PROPERLY before a meal. Jesus certainly enjoyed meals and would,... Read More »

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