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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 July 2020

In the time of Jesus, pearls were very valuable, since diving for them was very dangerous. As there were no banks, people often buried treasure to prevent bandits or enemy soldiers from stealing…

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 July 2020

Darnel is a noxious weed, which in the early stages resembles wheat. When it ripens it turns black, in contrast with wheat which turns brown. The seeds are poisonous and if mixed with those of the…

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 July 2020

The Bible is full of stories and references to country life. Such imagery sinks deep into the consciousness of the listener, in a way that words do not. Jesus’ audience would have been very…

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

5 July 2020

The first followers of Jesus were simple, probably uneducated, people. They accepted Jesus in a way that the Jewish…

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

28 June 2020

Today’s gospel contains part of the instructions that Jesus gave his disciples before he sent them out to “the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Matthew seems to include teaching that is found…

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

21 June 2020

Jeremiah lived between the seventh and sixth centuries BC. He prophesied the fall of Judah and condemned the idolatrous practices of the people. The priests and rulers did not like what he was…

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Feast of Corpus Christi

Feast of Corpus Christi

14 June 2020

The Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted as a result of the visions of a nun, St Juliana of Liege, who had a great devotion to the eucharist. She saw the moon with a dark stripe crossing it. She…

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Feast of the Holy Trinity

Feast of the Holy Trinity

7 June 2020

This icon, taken from the orthodox calendar, shows three angels like figures representing the Trinity. They have a feminine appearance. God is neither male nor female but is always referred to as…

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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday

31 May 2020

“When the Spirit of truth comes he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.” (…

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The Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord

24 May 2020

Today’s  gospel reading from Matthew does not mention Jesus’ ascension into Heaven but rather it completes the story of Jesus’ mission on earth, when he commanded the apostles to preach to all…

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