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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

21 November 2021

The Book of Daniel is one of the most interesting in the Old Testament.  Part of it consists of stories with underlying messages and part is apocalyptic writing. "Apocalypse" means revelation or…

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

21 November 2021

At the end of the Church’s year we reflect on what the kingship of Jesus Christ really means and how his dominion will be finally established at the end of time. In today’s gospel, two worlds…

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

7 November 2021

Widows were very vulnerable in the society of Jesus’ day. There were no social services to care for them. The widow in today’s gospel was destitute, like the widow in the first reading who was…

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

31 October 2021

When people asked Jesus questions, it was often with a view to trapping him into saying something that would be incriminating. The scribe who came in today’s gospel was different. He seemed…

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 October 2021

The story of the blind beggar cured by Jesus is related in all the synoptic gospels, but only Mark gives us his name. This would suggest that Bartimaeus was a well-known figure on the road.…

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 October 2021

A recent television series, about the Boleyn family, showed how Queen Anne’s father, Thomas, clawed his way up through the court of Henry VIII, making an advantageous marriage and connecting with…

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 October 2021

Queen Victoria, on hearing that she was next in line to the throne of England, is reputed to have said: “I will be good.” Jesus questioned the young man in today’s gospel as to why he called Him…

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

3 October 2021

There were at least two different schools of thought about divorce in Jesus’ time and the Pharisees were hoping to trap Jesus into supporting one of them, therefore alienating the other. Jesus…

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

26 September 2021

The apostles were specially chosen by Jesus and it seems they were beginning to think of themselves as an exclusive group. They scolded a man who cast out devils in their Master’s name. We can…

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

19 September 2021

Jesus has been beginning to reveal to his disciples what lay ahead of him in Jerusalem. It is a terrifying prospect; the Romans had no mercy on those who were seen as a threat to their authority.…

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