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Scripture Reflections

The gospel text in today’s Mass reminds us of two important realities in our life of faith – God sometimes chooses people to carry out special tasks – and if they accept God’s call it can mean that they make their calling a priority in their life and leave go of some things that are no longer all that important to them. 

A few years ago I talked to my cousin from the United States over the phone and we chatted for quite a while, and, while I know that she knows me, somehow in her voice she seemed a little bit bewildered.

Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:43

The Baptism of the Lord

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The feast of the Baptism of the Lord invites us to look at our own baptism in the Lord. Jesus, through his baptism in the river Jordan, begins his mission.

Friday, 03 January 2020 13:07

The Feast of the Epiphany - 2020

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In this feast of the Magi, the Church celebrates the welcoming of the nations to the scene of that first holy night: Mary, Joseph, and the child Jesus. There were the shepherds in the hills around Bethlehem and then there was the adventurous, the small group who came from afar with their camels and their gifts.

Saturday, 28 December 2019 11:46

Feast of the Holy Family - 2019

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On Christmas Day we celebrated the remarkable mystery of God becoming one of us.  God wanted to show the great love that God has for us, and so putting aside the glory of divine transcendence God became one of us as a poor, defenceless child. 

Friday, 20 December 2019 12:00

Fourth Sunday of Advent - 2019

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Today’s Gospel story leads us in a clear and straightforward way into the mystery of the Nativity. 

How many of us whenever Christmas comes around, can’t wait to open up our gifts? Whenever somebody hands us a gift, we try to shake it, press on it to feel what could this be. If somebody gives us a long box we feel that it is a wine bottle. Sometimes, if it comes in a box, it must be chocolates.

Friday, 06 December 2019 17:52

Second Sunday of Advent - 2019

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Every Second Sunday of Advent, we are introduced to one of the most important persons associated with Advent, and he is St John the Baptist.

Friday, 29 November 2019 18:18

First Sunday of Advent - 2019

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We are indeed blessed to have a season like Advent in which we spend time reflecting on the perennial hope of humanity for a saviour – for someone who will lead us along the right path to life and fulfilment.

Friday, 22 November 2019 17:31

The Solemnity of Christ the King

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Our liturgical processions are often led by someone carrying the cross.  For most Christians today the cross probably signifies not only the love that God has for us but also the victory that Christ had over evil, even death itself. 

During this time of the year, when we are nearing the end of the Liturgical Calendar, our readings are about the “end-times”.

There’s no doubt that people have many kinds of questions about heaven or resurrection and what it will be like. The Gospel this Sunday confronts us with the theme of resurrection and life after death.

Friday, 01 November 2019 19:45

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C - 2019

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There are some really beautiful, powerful words and images offered us in this morning’s readings: how God sees the vast, immense universe around us, and all that exists in it.

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, the word of God accompanies us in the ascent of Jesus to Jerusalem, where the Lord will celebrate his “exodus,” that is, the Paschal Mystery of his death and resurrection.

It is the Holy Spirit who gathers us into the cry of all creation and of all humanity thirsting for salvation. Distracted by the daily concerns of life, we do not know what is really essential to ask. And so, the Spirit nourishes in us the question and hope of the true good that God has prepared for us.