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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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Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time What God had united, man must not divide. The readings this week invite us to reflect on Jesus’ teaching on marriage and family life. When the Pharisees asked Jesus about his view on marriage he reminded them that Moses had made it a commandment that a man had to issue […]

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Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Anyone who is not against us is for us. In the first reading and the Gospel Joshua and John both try to stop people from doing God’s work because they aren’t “one of us”. Moses and Jesus oppose that way of thinking. God’s work will be done in whichever way […]

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Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time He was instructing his disciples. This week’s readings invite us to reflect on the way in which discipleship is not about greatness, but about service. Despite warning the Twelve that his death and resurrection awaited them in Jerusalem, they still got into an argument about which of them was the […]

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