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Lectio Divina

Fourth Sunday of Lent.

Fourth Sunday of Lent. The prodigal Son. The issue of reconciliation, another of the big issues of Lent, is put before us this week. St Luke gives us one of the most wonderful parables to help us visualise the Father, who looks for us when we stray and embraces us with love and clothes us […]

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Third Sunday of Lent.

Third Sunday of Lent. You are on holy ground. The issue of repentance, one of the big issues of Lent, is put before us this week. Like a fig tree we are expected to produce fruit. But if we aren’t producing the fruit of the Kingdom, then something has to be done, not least because […]

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Second Sunday of Lent.

Second Sunday of Lent. The transfiguration. The second Sunday of Lent finds Jesus on the mountain praying. He involves his inner circle in the experience, and then comes the moment where we get a glimpse of the glory of God. We can find many emotions to connect with. The apostles are tired and sleepy, there […]

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First Sunday of Lent.

First Sunday of Lent. The temptation in the wilderness. The first Sunday of Lent finds Jesus in the wilderness, experiencing temptations: to be selfish, to rely on power rather on than God and to make a spectacle of himself. The temptations of Jesus, aren’t ultimately all that different from our own. Jesus reassures us that […]

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Fully Trained Disciple Jesus invites us to be fully trained disciples, so that we will be like him, our teacher. As a teacher he reminds us that our actions are reflective of our hearts. Jesus encourages us to reflect on our speech in the first reading. He points out the […]

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Blessings and Woes. The more familiar version of the Beatitudes is from Matthew’s Gospel. Luke’s version is in some ways even more radical, especially the addition of the ‘Alas for you’ statements. Like Matthew, the beatitudes begin a collection of teachings (or sermon) of Jesus, here ‘on a piece of […]

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time He has anointed me. The Gospel of Luke is our guide for this year, and the portrait that Luke paints of Jesus in his Gospel is that which we contemplate. As we go through the Gospel there are a few characteristics of Jesus that we will reflect on a number […]

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Fill the jars with water This Sunday, in all three years of the liturgical cycle, we listen to the story of the first miracle, or sign, worked by Jesus in Cana in Galilee. The miraculous transformation of water into wine speaks of a heavenly marriage, where God unites himself to […]

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord You are my Son, the Beloved. Today’s feast continues the idea of the Epiphany from last week, it is another ‘manifestation’ or revelation of Jesus. John the Baptist tell us that Jesus will baptise with the Holy Spirit and fire. God the Father tells us that this is […]

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Feast of the Epiphany

Feast of the Epiphany We have seen his star. This last Feast of Christmas invites us to recognise the infant king of the Jews is for all people at all times. Once more we might make a resolution to spend some minutes each day reflecting on God’s presence, offering him an opportunity to speak to […]

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