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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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Second Sunday after Christmas

Second Sunday after Christmas

3 January 2021

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (Isaiah 9:2)

The picture of the sun rising in the dawn over the dark blue sea can be seen as an image of Christ, as he…

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Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family

27 December 2020

The four gospels each have their own way of describing Jesus’ origins. Mark, the first of these to be written, begins his story at the Baptism of Jesus, with the voice from heaven proclaiming him…

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent

20 December 2020

Today we light the fourth candle on the Advent wreath. This is the angel candle or the candle of love. Our waiting is almost over as we reflect on Gabriel’s appearance to Mary. The Annunciation…

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