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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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Sunday Reflection - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 29 Jan 2022 09:44

Rejection is always hard to accept. Years ago, I applied for a scholarship for Oxford University that I hoped would have improved my teaching. When I received the letter of rejection, I was very disappointed and took it personally. However, it forced me to work harder on a new letter of application and the interview process that followed—my semester at Manchester College, Oxford, as a Farmington... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:22

There is a great tradition here in UK when the Queen officially opens Parliament—this happens annually and, in the "Queen's Speech", the government of the day lays out its policy for the upcoming year. It offers the world a chance to see British pageantry at its best, with slamming doors and the solemn walk of MPs from the Commons to the Lords, with party differences set to one side for a couple... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 2nd Sunday of the Year

Sunday Reflection - 2nd Sunday of the Year

Posted: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:06

After the rest and excitement of Christmas and the New Year, today we return to the beautifully termed 'ordinary time'! However, as this past month has shown us, the birth of the Messiah changes everything—the reality is that, for Christians, nothing can be termed as 'ordinary' again. The mystic, John O'Donohue writes about finding God in the everyday: 'the Eucharist of the ordinary' is something... Read More »

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