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Lectio Divina

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time To give his life as a ransom for many. The two brothers James and John request from Jesus the favour of sitting at either hand in his glory. Jesus teaches us through his response to them that greatness in the Kingdom of God is not through lording it over others, […]

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Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time What must I do to inherit eternal life? The rich young man who asks Jesus the question, ‘what must I do?’ goes away sad, because Jesus tells him he must give away his possessions, and he cannot bring himself to do that. The question of wealth and possessions is as […]

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Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time What God had united, man must not divide. The readings this week invite us to reflect on Jesus’ teaching on marriage and family life. When the Pharisees asked Jesus about his view on marriage he reminded them that Moses had made it a commandment that a man had to issue […]

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Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time Anyone who is not against us is for us. In the first reading and the Gospel Joshua and John both try to stop people from doing God’s work because they aren’t “one of us”. Moses and Jesus oppose that way of thinking. God’s work will be done in whichever way […]

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Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time He was instructing his disciples. This week’s readings invite us to reflect on the way in which discipleship is not about greatness, but about service. Despite warning the Twelve that his death and resurrection awaited them in Jerusalem, they still got into an argument about which of them was the […]

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Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Who do you say I am?” The question that Jesus puts to the apostles, and us, this week is the fundamental question of our faith. Who exactly is Jesus to me? Peter’s answer is that he is the Christ, the anointed one of God. But if we are going to […]

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Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time “He has done all things well” Mark seeks by his Gospel to show that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. This week he presents Jesus as the one who heals and restores. The Jewish expectation for their Messiah is expressed in the reading from the Prophet Isaiah quite […]

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Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time “Pure unspoilt religion is this…” We find ourselves once more in the conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees showed their faithfulness to God by keeping to the Law of Moses as perfectly as they could. The problem that Jesus points out is how much of Mosaic law is […]

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Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time “You have the message of eternal life.” The consequence of the Bread of Life discourse that we have listened to is that many of the followers of Jesus find it intolerable and no longer follow him. When Jesus asks the twelve if they too want to walk away, Peter responds […]

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Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Eat my flesh, drink my blood.” We reach the central point in Jesus’ Bread of Life discourse. He uses the language that helps us understand what it is that happens when we receive Holy Communion at Mass. Jesus gives us his very self, body, blood, soul and divinity, so that […]

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