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First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent

The desert seems to be a place where people find a closeness to God because, in the barren surroundings, there is nothing to distract them. John the Baptist lived in the wilderness on a sparse…

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Lex Talionis is an ancient law, and is referred to in Exodus 21:23-27. It was meant to redress wrongdoing and to allow the victim of a crime to exact punishment equal to that of the injury…

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s gospel comes from the Sermon on the Mount, which is a collection of the teachings of Jesus, grouped by Matthew as though they were given on one occasion. We must never forget that Jesus…

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday we read Matthew’s account of the Beatitudes, which describe the qualities of those who follow Jesus, who demonstrated them in his own life. In today’s gospel he singles out two things…

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Jewish people had been given the Ten Commandments and all the other precepts which made up the Law. That was what bound them together as the chosen people and gave them a road-map for living.…

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Zebulun and Nephtali were sons of Jacob and were allotted land in what became the kingdom of Israel. They were in an unfortunate position as they were frequently overrun by invading armies and…

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John the Baptist acted a signpost pointing to Jesus. He had a clear sense of his mission and, when questioned, resisted the temptation to assume any other identity than that of the prophesy of…

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The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord

During the Christmas period we have read how the infant Jesus was made known firstly to the Jewish shepherds and secondly to the gentile Magi. The scene is now set for the appearance of Jesus at…

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Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Devotion to Mary probably began in the third century AD. The four gospels, written in the late first century, treat of her in very different ways. In Matthew the focus is on Joseph, who is named…

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The Nativity of the Lord

The Nativity of the Lord

Today we light the white candle, which is the Christ candle, for it is Christmas day.

Each of the four evangelists has his own way of presenting the coming of the Messiah. We need to bear…

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