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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

11 September 2022

The story of the prodigal son must be one of the best-loved that Jesus told. We know it so well and yet, as our lives unfold, we can gain new insights. In the first reading, the God of the Old…

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

4 September 2022

The images Jesus chose for his teaching were very powerful. A tower is a very striking feature in a landscape. The picture above shows a church in Hamburg, which was left as it was after being…

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 August 2022

Jesus seemed to have really enjoyed having meals with people. “Companion” literally means “bread fellow”, someone with whom you share bread. It implies an intimacy. Our Lord would use that image…

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

21 August 2022

The Jews were the chosen people and because of this some of them felt sure of salvation. The Pharisee in the parable felt so pleased with himself that his prayer consisted of giving God a list of…

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

14 August 2022

Fire was often used as a symbol of God’s presence in the Old Testament. Moses saw a bush burning without being consumed, and had his first encounter with God (Exodus 3). The message of God…

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7 August 2022

Life in the west is very different to that of Jesus’s time. Only very rich people have servants. In first-century Palestine, however, many people would have been employed either as servants or -…

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

31 July 2022

Greed and its futility seem to be the theme of today’s liturgy. Ecclesiastes is one of the wisdom books of the bible, and the extract for today points out that all worldly gain, though it may be…

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

24 July 2022

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was seen by the Old Testament writer as a punishment for grave sin. Recent archeological discoveries have pin-pointed the probable location of these cities.…

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 July 2022

Many people, especially feminists, might feel that Jesus was being very unfair to Martha, who was heroically trying single-handedly to provide him with the best possible hospitality. She must have…

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10 July 2022

The lawyer who questioned Jesus about how to obtain eternal life would have been versed in Mosaic law. However his idea of neighbour was probably someone near or like him, in other words a fellow…

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