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Solemnity of Our Lord jesus Christ, Universal King

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King

20 November 2022

King David had presided over what the Jews would have regarded as their golden age. He conquered his enemies and built up the kingdom of Israel. He was especially chosen by God. Therefore this was…

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

13 November 2022

When St Luke wrote his gospel, the temple in Jerusalem had been destroyed by the Romans - this happened  in the year AD 70. This must have come as a devastating blow to the Jewish Christians…

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

6 November 2022

The extract from the Second Book of Maccabees was written at some point between 150 and 120 BC, by an Egyptian Je living in Hellenistic Egypt - probably in Alexandria. It is independent of the…

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

30 October 2022

Last week we read the story of the pharisee and the tax collector who begged for mercy but who had not yet changed his behaviour. This week we meet Zacchaeus, who through the love of Jesus was…

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

23 October 2022

Pharisees were severely criticised by Jesus in the gospels. They meticulously kept the law but in doing flaunted their righteousness - like the one in today’s parable - and despised those they…

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

16 October 2022

Jesus spoke many times about prayer and the disciples often saw him withdraw to pray in a quiet place. He wanted to give them a new picture of his Father, so that they might be able to relate to…

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

9 October 2022

Naaman the Syrian had a journey to travel before he was finally cured of his leprosy. God had already begun the process of helping him, through the little Israelite slave girl, but Naaman - being…

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 October 2022

Jesus had probably shocked his disciples by the severe warnings about leading others astray and by his insistence that there was no limit to forgiveness (Luke 17:1-4). The disciples reacted by…

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

25 September 2022

Lazarus is the only character with a name in Jesus’ parables. Lazarus is the Greek version of the Hebrew "Eleazar", which means “God will help”. The rich man is sometime referred to as Dives. This…

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

18 September 2022

Today’s parable is very strange, because the steward is praised for his shrewdness in acting dishonestly. How could Jesus praise sinfulness? His audience would have consisted of pharisees as well…

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