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Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time “You have the message of eternal life.” The consequence of the Bread of Life discourse that we have listened to is that many of the followers of Jesus find it intolerable and no longer follow him. When Jesus asks the twelve if they too want to walk away, Peter responds […]

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Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Eat my flesh, drink my blood.” We reach the central point in Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse. He uses the language that helps us understand what it is that happens when we receive Holy Communion at Mass. Jesus gives us his very self, body, blood, soul and divinity, so that […]

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Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “I am the living bread.” Jesus continues to expand on the theme of giving himself to us as living bread come down from heaven. In the first reading Elijah is given food for the journey (viaticum). Strengthened by this he is able to come to the mountain of the Lord. […]

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Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Bread from heaven.” This week we are reminded of the way God fed the people of Israel in the desert with manna from heaven. The people of Jesus’ time want a similar miracle from him. However, as we will discover, Jesus himself is the gift of the Father, and believing […]

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Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “They will eat and have some left over.” We begin a series of readings from the Gospel of John Chapter 6 this week. “The Bread of Life discourse” is the Lord’s teaching on the gift of the Eucharist. Today it begins with the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Jesus […]

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Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “The Lord is my shepherd.” The image of the Good Shepherd is a very familiar way of thinking about the Lord. Even if we aren’t too familiar with farming sheep, still we desire that closeness and caring that a good shepherd offers us. The opposite is also the case. If […]

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Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Little girl, I tell you to get up.” Mark’s Gospel seeks to present Jesus Christ as the Son of God. In this week’s Gospel we see Jesus as the one with the power to save and raise up. He saves the woman from her chronic and painful illness and raised […]

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Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist.

Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist. “What will this child turn out to be?” There are some feast days that trump the Ordinary Time Sundays, and this week we have such an event. The birth of St John the Baptist on 24 June is a celebration of the one described by Jesus as […]

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Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time “The Kingdom of God” The readings this week invited us to reflect of God as the gardener of our lives. He is bringing about the Kingdom of God within us, but planting his Word and his presence in our lives, so that his love can grow and flourish. The imagery […]

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Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Here are my mother and brothers.” As we move back into Ordinary Time, we once again pick up the Gospel of Mark and his portrait of Jesus for us to contemplate. In this week’s scriptures we reflect on the relationships of Jesus, with his family and his disciples. As with […]

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