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Jesus often used  scenes from the countryside for his parables. The vine would be a familiar sight in Palestine. When Moses was in the desert he sent spies to the land of Canaan to see what it was like and they brought a bunch of grapes as a symbol of the richness of the land (Numbers 13:23).  Jesus came to join himself to humanity, as vine to branches. Without him the branches are lifeless. His body and blood are like the sap flowing through the vine. He gives the image of the Father as the vine dresser. V

Fifth Sunday of Easter

2 May 2021

Jesus often used  scenes from the countryside for his parables. The vine would be a familiar sight in Palestine. When Moses was in the desert he sent spies to the land of Canaan to see what it was…

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter

25 April 2021

Today’s reading follows the story of the blind man cured by Jesus (John 9). Ironically, he could see much more clearly than the Jewish leaders who were spiritually blind. These are depicted as the…

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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter

18 April 2021

“We proclaim a  Christ crucified, a stumbling block for Jews and foolishness to gentiles.” (1 Cor 1:23)

Luke was writing for a gentile audience. Being a gifted story-teller, his account of…

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Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter

11 April 2021

Thomas would have made an excellent witness in court. He wanted tangible evidence that Jesus had risen. He was a practical man. At the Last Supper he had said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where…

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

4 April 2021

The empty tomb must have looked stark to Mary Magdalene, Peter and the beloved disciple. Mary had come there presumably to grieve, for this was customary with the Jewish people, and we know from…

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday

28 March 2021

Today, Palm Sunday, we are invited to reflect on two very different gospel stories. The first is Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where the crowds hailed him as their king, and the second,…

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Fourth Sunday of Lent; Laetare Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Lent; Laetare Sunday

14 March 2021

Nicodemus, unlike his fellow Pharisees, felt he had something to learn from Jesus. His journey began in darkness, which John uses as a symbol of ignorance, and it ended in the light of the cross.…

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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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