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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

12 September 2021

Jesus had been teaching in Galilee, where he got a reasonably friendly reception. Now he was moving northwards. Caeserea Philippi was situated about forty kilometres from the sea of Galilee, at…

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 September 2021

Isaiah spoke about what happens when God is present to people. Life is restored in that the desert is watered and people are healed of their disabilities. The prophesy was fulfilled in Jesus, who…

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

29 August 2021

Jesus directed some of his harshest criticism towards the pharisees and scribes. They were supposed to give leadership to the Jewish people, since they were experts in the Law. He in fact…

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Twnety-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

22 August 2021

Today’s theme is commitment. Joshua asked the Israelites to make a choice between the God who brought them out of Egypt or the gods of their neighbours. It is easy to look on “gods” as belonging…

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The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

15 August 2021

The Orthodox and Eastern Catholic tradition teaches that when Mary’s life came to an end she fell asleep. This is called the Dormition and is depicted in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Galway…

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Ninetheenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8 August 2021

John developed his theology of the Eucharist, starting with his account of the feeding of the five thousand. Jesus, having shared out bread - which was the staple of the society of that day - went…

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 August 2021

The people of Israel must have had very short memories if they looked back to their captivity in Egypt with nostalgia. It is doubtful that their slave-drivers would have fed them as well as they…

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

25 July 2021

A boy is at the centre of the drama in today’s gospel. He offers his small portion of food to Andrew. Barley loaves were the food of the poor and the fish were probably small, like sardines. He…

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 July 2021

Jesus knew that the apostles were tired and hungry after their mission. Those in active ministry realise that they must spend time in quietness, to process what has happened and to listen to what…

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

11 July 2021

This Sunday’s message is very much about mission. The prophet Amos was sent from Judah to the northern kingdom of Israel. He was moving out of his comfort zone, for - as he told Amaziah, he was a…

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