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Sunday Reflection - 7th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Sunday Reflection - 7th Sunday of Easter (Year C)

Posted: Fri, 27 May 2022 11:20

Today we finish our reflection on Jesus' priestly prayer as recorded in John's gospel. The prayer he utters is as relevant today as it ever was: 'Father, May they be one in us, as you are in me, and I am in you.' Jesus is fully aware of the love that he shares in the family of the Trinity—it is a love that also transforms his human life, a love that makes the ultimate sacrifice on Calvary.

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Sunday Reflection - Palm Sunday

Sunday Reflection - Palm Sunday

Posted: Sat, 09 Apr 2022 15:57

'Hosanna' the crowds cry, as they lay down their palm leaves in the path of the mighty Messiah, as he enters Jerusalem—on a donkey! This simple act shows the true glory of Jesus: not for him a powerful chariot, or a mighty steed. He enters this week of glory on the humble, working farm animal. I suspect that he would have subscribed to the idea that if the donkey was good enough for the pregnant... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - Fourth Sunday of Lent

Sunday Reflection - Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted: Sat, 26 Mar 2022 15:21

Today our gospel is perhaps the most popular and well-loved parables of Jesus: the story of the 'Prodigal Son'--or even the tale of the 'Loving Father.' In this great parable of reconciliation, the Prodigal Son (see: Lk 15:11-32), we see the loving father embrace and welcome home a son who has betrayed his trust and spent all his inheritance. The return of this wastrel is celebrated by a party, as... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday Reflection - Third Sunday of Lent

Posted: Sat, 19 Mar 2022 15:57

At the start of this great journey towards Easter, on Ash Wednesday, we received ashes on our foreheads, as the minister prayed with us, 'repent and believe in the Gospel.' Today we are presented with the tragic figure of Moses: he had been brought up in the royal court of Pharaoh. He enjoyed luxury and privilege until he had to flee to the desert, after he had killed an Egyptian taskmaster. He recognised... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - Second Sunday of Lent

Sunday Reflection - Second Sunday of Lent

Posted: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 13:31

Today we have Luke's account of Transfiguration—that special time when Jesus took Peter, James and John to the top of Mount Tabor. For the people of the Covenant, the mountain has special significance, as it is here that they feel close to God. In our first reading from the Book of Genesis, God makes a solemn promise with Abraham, our own father in faith. As we continue our journey through Lent,... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - First Sunday of Lent

Sunday Reflection - First Sunday of Lent

Posted: Sat, 05 Mar 2022 08:22

On this first Sunday of Lent, Luke presents his version of the Temptation in the Desert. Like so many before him and since, Jesus makes the decision to go out into the desert: with no distraction, the Lord chose to spend forty days alone, in prayer and fasting. Last Wednesday we began our Lenten journey with a change of heart. It is good that we are faced with this picture of temptation so early on... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 26 Feb 2022 09:31

In the year that has seen the scandal of a Downing Street aid defying the strict rules on lockdown by going on a drive to Barnard Castle, today's gospel has special relevance. Whatever your own position on the 'partygate' situation, the facts are that our elected leaders asked us to refrain from close social contact with family and friends at the height of the pandemic. All the while, the culture at... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 19 Feb 2022 05:57

Today we come to the true heart of what it means to truly love, according to the vision of Jesus. It is a call to love—above and beyond! It is a love that can be challenging, as it calls on each of us to rise above our petty squabbles and more serious disputes. It is a challenging love as it asks us to love those we might find hard to show compassion for:

But to you who are listening I say: Love... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 12 Feb 2022 11:28

Over the next three weeks we will be sharing Luke's 'Sermon on the Plain' that corresponds to Matthew's 'Sermon on the Mount.' Today's gospel starts with Jesus coming down from the mountain: he has spent time in retreat with these twelve new friends. He comes down from the place of encounter with God and, immediately, wants to share that goodness of God. We are told that a huge crowd gathered to listen... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Fri, 04 Feb 2022 10:32

The request of Jesus in today's gospel, 'put out into deeper waters' is something that we need to hear especially in these pandemic times. These past few years have seen us needing to draw from reservoirs of strength and integrity that, in some instances, we never knew we had. Covid-19 brought such misery and heartache to so many across the world, as we were forced to move out of established comfort... Read More »

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