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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

4 April 2021

The empty tomb must have looked stark to Mary Magdalene, Peter and the beloved disciple. Mary had come there presumably to grieve, for this was customary with the Jewish people, and we know from…

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

28 March 2021

Today, Palm Sunday, we are invited to reflect on two very different gospel stories. The first is Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where the crowds hailed him as their king, and the second,…

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Fourth Sunday of Lent; Laetare Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Lent; Laetare Sunday

14 March 2021

Nicodemus, unlike his fellow Pharisees, felt he had something to learn from Jesus. His journey began in darkness, which John uses as a symbol of ignorance, and it ended in the light of the cross.…

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Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent

7 March 2021

Today’s reading from John differs from the synoptic gospels, which all record this event but place it at the end of Jesus’ life. John, however, puts it at the beginning. He also uses the story to…

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Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

28 February 2021

Mountains in scripture were seen as places where a person could come closer to God. Abraham was told to take Isaac to the mountain in Moriah. Moses met God on Mount Sinai and in today’s gospel…

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First Sunday in Lent

First Sunday of Lent

21 February 2021

Mark’s account of Jesus’ time in the wilderness is very short. Perhaps this gives us an opportunity to imagine the scenery ourselves and enter into the story. Also, its brevity might reflect the…

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

14 February 2021

The Book of Leviticus, in its present form, was probably completed in about the sixth century BC. It reflects the view that God wanted to live among his people and that they were to be set apart,…

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7 February 2021

Theodicy, the question of why a good God permits suffering, is one of the themes explored today. In ancient Israel it was thought that the just were rewarded with prosperity and long life and the…

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 January 2021

Eli’s advice to Samuel was very wise. To the voice that spoke in the night he told him to say: “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”

Prayer consists of listening as well as talking.…

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The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

10 January 2021

Mark was the first to write a gospel and to use the this term meaning “Good News. ” He writes succinctly and states his purpose immediately: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the…

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