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Lectio Divina

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter I am the Good Shepherd. The fourth Sunday of Easter is Vocations Sunday as Jesus presents himself to us as the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep. Priests, deacons and religious are invited to see their vocation in the light of that image, to offer their lives […]

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Third Sunday of Easter

We continue the post-resurrection appearances of the Lord to the disciples, this Sunday Luke tries to describe how the Lord is somehow different and somehow the same. As last week, the Risen Lord sends the disciples out as witnesses. We hear in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Luke’s companion volume to […]

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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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Easter Octave. He is Risen, Alleluia!

Easter Octave. He is Risen, Alleluia! Easter is too big to be celebrated in just one day, and so we have a full week, in fact, an octave of eight days including next Sunday. The readings invite us to join Peter at the empty tomb and in his subsequent witnessing to the world of what […]

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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. “We would like to see Jesus.”

Fifth Sunday of Lent. We would like to see Jesus There are always transition moments in life, and in this Sunday’s Gospel we find such a moment in the life of the Lord. The approach of some Greeks may seem insignificant to us, but for the Lord it was a sign that his message was […]

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent. God loved the world so much. The fourth Sunday of Lent gives us one of the most important lines in the Gospel: John 3:16, “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal […]

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Third Sunday of Lent. The Cleansing of the Temple.

Third Sunday of Lent. The Cleansing of the Temple. The third Sunday of Lent gives us a very different picture of Jesus from the meek and mild. Coming to the temple in Jerusalem he found the place full of traders. Making a whip out of cord he proceeded to throw them out. The image of […]

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Second Sunday of Lent: “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.”

Second Sunday of Lent. “This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him” The second Sunday of Lent finds us up on mountain tops. Abraham is put to the test: would he be willing to sacrifice his beloved son Isaac? Jesus is affirmed as the beloved Son of God, the one who will offer himself […]

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First Sunday of Lent: “Repent and believe the Good News.”

We have begun the season of Lent which is a time to prepare ourselves for the celebrations of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord in Holy Week. For some that celebration will include the sacraments of initiation that make them members of the Church. The readings on the Sundays of Lent have that […]

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