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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

20 June 2021

The apostles, who were fishermen, knew the Sea of Galilee only too well, and they were right to be frightened when a storm blew up. Fear is a healthy emotion, which informs us of danger and of the…

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

13 June 2021

In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of the mustard tree, probably the black mustard which is not native to Ireland. He talks about it giving shelter to the birds of the air. Perhaps we might look at…

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Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

6 June 2021

Both the gospel of John and the Apocalypse picture Jesus as the Lamb of God. It is a powerful image, because Jesus in his perfect sacrifice on Calvary replaced the need for blood sacrifices…

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Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

30 May 2021

“[Allah is] the originator of the heavens and the earth. [There is] nothing like a likeness of him” (Koran chapter 42:11). Christian artists often depict God as an old man with a long beard and…

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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

23 May 2021

We might wonder where God is, what with the carnage in the middle east, the cyber attacks and the epidemic which has decimated our world. Might appears to be right and many world leaders seem to…

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The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord

16 May 2021

Only Luke gives a detailed account of the ascension and this account is in Acts. His gospel relates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; Acts tells the story of the early church. The…

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

9 May 2021

The conversion of Cornelius, the centurion, marked a turning-point in the history of the early church. Peter learnt through a vision of animals that he was told to eat, that he must not call…

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

9 May 2021

The conversion of Cornelius, the centurion, marked  a turning point in the history of the early church. Peter learnt through a vision of animals that he was told to eat, that he must not call…

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Jesus often used  scenes from the countryside for his parables. The vine would be a familiar sight in Palestine. When Moses was in the desert he sent spies to the land of Canaan to see what it was like and they brought a bunch of grapes as a symbol of the richness of the land (Numbers 13:23).  Jesus came to join himself to humanity, as vine to branches. Without him the branches are lifeless. His body and blood are like the sap flowing through the vine. He gives the image of the Father as the vine dresser. V

Fifth Sunday of Easter

2 May 2021

Jesus often used  scenes from the countryside for his parables. The vine would be a familiar sight in Palestine. When Moses was in the desert he sent spies to the land of Canaan to see what it was…

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter

25 April 2021

Today’s reading follows the story of the blind man cured by Jesus (John 9). Ironically, he could see much more clearly than the Jewish leaders who were spiritually blind. These are depicted as the…

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