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Third Sunday of Advent.

Third Sunday of Advent. What must we do? Once again John the Baptist is our Advent guide this week. He is approached by different people asking what they must do to prepare themselves for the day of the Lord. He has a notion that the Christ will come with fire to burn up the chaff, […]

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Second Sunday of Advent.

Second Sunday of Advent. All shall see the salvation of God. John the Baptist is our guide for the next two Sundays. Today we encounter him in the wilderness. For the Jewish people that meant a place of danger and insecurity, out-with the presence of the Lord. John however receives God’s word there and begins […]

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First Sunday of Advent.

First Sunday of Advent. Your Liberation is near at hand. A new season and a new year begin this week. The run up to Christmas can feel a bit fraught with so much to do and so only much to spend. As ever, the Lord invites us to take some time out of the busyness […]

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. Mine is not a kingdom of this world. The Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, is a celebration of the Kingdom of God, which Jesus inaugurated. The preface prayer of the Mass gives a description of what the Kingdom of God is. It is […]

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Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time He will gather his chosen from the four winds. As we come towards the end of the Liturgical Year the thoughts of the church turn to the Second Coming of the Lord. Jesus, who has warned the disciples of his imminent death and resurrection, now looks forward to what will […]

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Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time All she had to live on. Jesus often drew from the people and things around him to teach the apostles. They’ve arrived in Jerusalem and probably overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the city. There are plenty of ‘holy men’ around, but Jesus warns not to be taken in […]

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Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time There is no commandment greater than these. At the time of Jesus there was a great debate within Judaism about whether there was a single commandment from which all 613 commandments of Mosaic Law could be deduced. The scribe asks Jesus his opinion on the matter. The answer that Jesus […]

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Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time Son of David, have pity on me. The story of Bartimaeus’ healing is a story of model discipleship. The blind man sees more clearly than most that Jesus is the Messiah ‘Son of David’. His act of faith, by throwing off his cloak he is expecting to be healed, is […]

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Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time To give his life as a ransom for many. The two brothers James and John request from Jesus the favour of sitting at either hand in his glory. Jesus teaches us through his response to them that greatness in the Kingdom of God is not through lording it over others, […]

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Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time What must I do to inherit eternal life? The rich young man who asks Jesus the question, ‘what must I do?’ goes away sad, because Jesus tells him he must give away his possessions, and he cannot bring himself to do that. The question of wealth and possessions is as […]

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