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Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Welcome” The Gospel and first reading this week tell two stories of hospitality. Martha welcomes Jesus into her home and Abraham welcomes the Lord into his tent. We all know what it feels like to be welcomed, and when we have been denied a warm welcome. Perhaps Martha and Mary […]

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Feast of SS Peter and Paul.

Feast of SS Peter and Paul. ‘You are the Christ.’ The celebration of Saint Peter and St Paul is usually a Holiday of Obligation, and this year it is transferred to the Sunday. The ancient Romans held that their city was founded by Romulus and Remus, so in a sense the Church in Rome is […]

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Corpus Christi.

Corpus Christi. They all ate as much as they wanted. The Holy Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. From it we draw grace and mercy, peace and joy. It is the high point of our spiritual week, our moment of transcendence. We come close to the Lord who makes himself present […]

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Solemnity of Pentecost.

Solemnity of Pentecost. Receive the Holy Spirit. The celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit gives us the chance to reflect on just what that means to us. The Gospel tells us of how the Lord, promised an Advocate who will teach us everything. In the first reading we hear what sounds like a […]

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter May they be completely one. Today’s Gospel comes from what is known as the priestly prayer of Jesus. Chapter 17 of John’s Gospel is the Lord praying for us, and the focus of his prayer is that his followers should be united just as Jesus and the Father are one. In […]

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter Peace I bequeath to you. In some ways the chapters of John’s Gospel set at the Last Supper are in a sense a Last Will and Testament of Jesus, just before his Passion and Death. This week he ‘bequeaths’ us his own peace. The kind of peace that the world cannot […]

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter Love one another. We find ourselves back at the Last Supper where Jesus gives us his new commandment: to love one another. Then he explains what kind of love he means: the kind that he loves us with. This kind of love is not wishy-washy, lovey-dovey love. It is the kind […]

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter The Good Shepherd. This week we focus on Jesus as the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep, and they listen to his voice. One element of this beautiful image is that Jesus takes care of us and leads us to springs of living water. An image which is so familiar is […]

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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter Do you love me? We continue the post-resurrection appearances of the Lord to the disciples, this Sunday John places us back beside the Sea of Galilee, where some of the apostles have returned to their old way of life. The specific issue for Peter is trying to re-establish his relationship with […]

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Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter My Lord and my God! The focus of the readings this Sunday is the group of believers. Acts of the Apostles describes what the early community is like, while the Gospel sees the transformation in the believers from Easter Sunday to eight days later. The Apostle Thomas becomes our example of […]

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