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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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Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Who do you say I am?” The question that Jesus puts to the apostles, and us, this week is the fundamental question of our faith. Who exactly is Jesus to me? Peter’s answer is that he is the Christ, the anointed one of God. But if we are going to […]

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Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time “Pure unspoilt religion is this…” We find ourselves once more in the conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees showed their faithfulness to God by keeping to the Law of Moses as perfectly as they could. The problem that Jesus points out is how much of Mosaic law is […]

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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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