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Lectio Divina

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time “The feast in the Kingdom of God” The Kingdom of God is central to the teaching and life of Jesus. For the people that Jesus was preaching to, their concept of the kingdom was that it would be a restoration of the Jewish kingdom of King David and Solomon, a […]

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Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time “I have come to bring fire to the earth” Anyone who has been trying to live a life of faith knows all about conflict. There is the internal conflict of trying to overcome our selfishness and sin. All too often the people around us find our faith a challenge which […]

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Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “You too must stand ready” Jesus constantly calls us to be conscious and alert to the ways that God reveals himself. Knowing that the Son of Man will come in ways and times you don’t expect means that we must always be prepared. Faith is the central act of that […]

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Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Rich in the sight of God” This week we are invited to consider the importance we place on wealth. All the advertisers on TV tell us that happiness lies in how much we have and what we it spend on. Jesus on the other hand focuses on eternal life and […]

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Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time “Our Father” The readings this week are an invitation to reflect on our prayer, especially intercessory prayer. Abraham seems to haggle with God, negotiating the price down for the destruction of Sodom. Jesus invites us into his own prayer to God, helping us know that his Father is our Father […]

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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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