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Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

The first reading is shocking, especially for parents. Who in their right mind would worship a God who demanded the blood sacrifice of the longed-for and promised child? That was a demand that the…

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The disease of leprosy can be traced by to at least 2,000 BC and it was very much feared, as there was no remedy till the 1940s. The first reading tells how lepers were to be treated. While it was…

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God revealed himself to the Chosen People but their understanding of him could be very simplistic. Virtue was rewarded with prosperity, evil punished with adversity. Miriam got leprosy because she…

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God makes himself known in many ways. To Samuel it was a voice in the night (1 Sam. 3:1-15), to St Paul it was a brilliant light which caused him to fall to the ground (Acts 9:3-7) and to Moses it…

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The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

When St Ignatius Loyola was recovering from his wounds from the battle of Pamplona, he asked for light reading to pass the time, such as the romances of chivalry which told of heroes, ladies in…

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Solemnity of the Holy Family

Solemnity of the Holy Family

The only gospels to speak about the infancy of Jesus are those of Matthew and Luke, and their versions of the event are very different. However, most of the stories are theological in nature…

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

St Luke’s story of the Annunciation has been a favourite with artists who have imagined the scene in various ways. This picture is by Fra Angelico, who lived in the fifteenth century. It is…

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Third Sunday of Advent

This Sunday is called Gaudete Sunday. We are invited to rejoice, for Christmas Day draws even closer. The pink candle is lit. We are learning about Jesus both from Isaiah and from John the Baptist…

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Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent

The first reading is from Deutero Isaiah, a body of writing by an author who followed in the footsteps of the prophet Isaiah. Unlike the earlier prophet there is no condemnation or judgement of…

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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

The first reading this Sunday is from Isaiah, written when the Israelites had returned to their homeland. It was probably composed by a group of unknown prophets. It berates the people for their…

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