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Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week. The Hour has come. The holiest week of the year is so rich in ritual and readings that we might almost be overwhelmed. Jesus found the apostles sleeping in the garden, and told them that they should be awake and praying. In the busyness of this week, it is crucial […]

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Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Fifth Sunday of Lent. “Neither do I condemn you” The story of the woman being dragged before Jesus and used as an object rather than a person is a terrible reminder of the way all too often women are treated throughout history. But notice what Jesus does: he takes the focus off the woman when […]

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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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Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse. Friday 8 March 2019

Pope Francis has asked the Church to have a day every year to pray for those who have suffered abuse, in Scotland this will be kept on the Friday after Ash Wednesday. This Friday, 8 March, at 7pm in St Charles we will have a Holy Hour: a service of Acknowledgement, Prayer and Reflection. Using […]

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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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