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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

First Reading (1 Sam 3:3-10, 19). The prophet Samuel played a very important role in the history of Israel. Here we have the story of his call by God. Second Reading (1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20). St Paul tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and we must...

The Epiphany of the Lord

First Reading (Is 60:1-6). The prophet cheers the exiles who returned from Babylon with a vision of a restored city. The prophecy is fulfilled in Christ and in the new Israel, the Church. Second Reading (Eph 3:2-3, 5-6). St Paul expresses the theological meaning of...

Feast of the Holy Family

Joseph and Mary were entrusted with the raising of the child Jesus, who grew in wisdom and stature under their care. Today is an opportunity to honour Abraham and Sarah, and the Holy Family and to be inspired by them. The family unit is the foundation of any society...

Christmas

May we each hear anew the words of the angel to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid. Listen, I bring you news of great joy. Today a saviour has been born to you.” (Luke 2:10-11). Like the three wise men who will come to adore the Christ child in Matthew’s account (Mt...

4th Sunday of Advent

Having reflected on the great prophet John the Baptist in recent weeks, our attention moves to Mary, the other great figure of Advent. Let us reflect on Mary’s own words: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.” With...

3rd Sunday of Advent.

In the First Reading, Isaiah the prophet writing after the Exile, declares that he has been sent by God to usher in the age of salvation for Jerusalem and all God’s people. Jesus used this prophecy to announce the programme of his own ministry. In the Second Reading,...

2nd Sunday of Advent

First Reading (Is 40:1-5, 9-11). The people are urged to prepare a way for the Lord who is coming to save them. Second Reading (2 Pet 3:8-14). If the Lord appears to be slow in coming, it is to give people an opportunity to be ready to meet him when he comes. Gospel...

1st Sunday of Advent 2017

Reflection: Come Lord Jesus! Welcome to the season of Advent! Advent opens with the Gospel call to “keep alert” and “stay awake”, repeated four times in today’s short Gospel reading. We look forward to the Lord’s coming in several ways: to his second coming in glory,...

Jesus, King of the Universe

First Reading: (Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17). God is portrayed as someone who cares for His people as a good Shepherd cares for his sheep. Second Reading: (1 Cor 15:20-26, 28). At the end of time Christ will reign as universal King, having overcome all hostile forces,...

33 rd Sunday, Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel parable of the talents, the master entrusted money to his servants and then set out on a journey. On his return, those bringing the master their profit acknowledge openly what is their own and what is their masters. One says “Sir you gave me five...

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

First Reading: (Wis 6:12-16). This sings the praise of wisdom, which can be found by all those who seek it. Second Reading (1 Thess 4:13-18). St Paul consoles his converts at Thessalonika who are worried about the fate of their loved ones who have died before the...

31st Sunday Ordinary Time YrA

First Reading: (Mal 1:14-2:2.8-10). The prophet berates the priests of his day for failing to live up to their calling. Second Reading (1 Thess 2:7-9.13). Paul reminds the Thessalonians of his love and care for them, and how hard he worked to bring them the Good News....

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

First Reading: (Ex 22:20-26). God tells the Israelites that there must be no discrimination against or exploitation of the weak members of their society. Second Reading (1 Thess 1:5-10). Paul encourages the Thessalonians by telling them that their exemplary lives have...

29th Sunday, Ordinary Time

First Reading: (Is 45:1.4-6). The return of the people from the Babylonian exile – a return made possible by King Cyrus – is seen as a sign of God’s love for his people, Israel, and of his lordship over all peoples. Second Reading (1 Thess 1:1-5). Here we...

28th Sunday Year A

First Reading: (Is 25:6-10). This image of a banquet describes the blessings God wishes to bestow, not only on Israel, but on all nations. Second Reading (Phil 4:12-14, 19-20). Paul thanks the Philippians for their support but says that his real strength comes from...

27th Sunday, Ordinary Time.

First Reading: (Is 5:1-7). Israel is compared to a well cared for vineyard which fails to produce fruit. Second Reading: (Phil 4:6-9). St Paul warns the converts at Philippi against anxiety, and advises them as to how they should live in order to enjoy the peace of...

26th Sunday Ordinary Time Year A

In between last Sunday’s parable and today’s reading, much has happened in Matthew’s gospel. Jesus has made his mock triumphal entry into Jerusalem and has cleansed the temple; he has also taught and healed and engaged in the prophetic act of cursing the fig tree. The...

25th Sunday Year A

Today, through the prophet Isaiah (Chapter 55), we hear the Lord say: ‘my ways are not your ways’. However, the text is encouraging because it reminds us ‘our God is rich in forgiving’ and paves the way for today’s Gospel story. ‘Parables usually want to reverse our...
24th Sunday YearA

24th Sunday YearA

Gandhi once famously declared: ” ‘an eye for an eye’ will send the whole world blind!” When we are hurt, we may wish to take revenge on others, to “get even” and to hold onto resentments. Jesus’ command is to forgive. We rely on the grace of...

23rd Sunday Ordianary Time Year A

What responsibility do we have for other’s actions? When is it right and proper to respect others’ freedom to make their own wrong choices? When are we obliged to bring others’ bad behaviour to light? What is the best way to approach someone who we believe needs...