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Gospel

Dare to Believe?

Inspiration …Next Sunday’s Gospel from Matthew speaks about ‘your virtue’ going ‘deeper than that of the Scribes and Pharisees.’  This is prompted a very interesting reflection just a while ago, as Sisters in our Community shared a little, the words of this Gospel with which they have been praying during this week.You will remember that in Luke’s Gospel, when the sisters Martha and Mary welcomed the Lord to their home, Mary sat at his feet and listened to Him (cf Lk 10:38-42).Well, the connection in my head and in my reflection was that Jesus is our virtue – God is our virtue.  We believe and we know that the source of all goodness is in God … in fact is God working in us, with our free desire to be and to do good.  We are not by any means puppets or marionettes!  But the thought that came to […]

By |February 12th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

5th Sunday of the Year

 LIGHT for the World… YOU! This morning in all the readings at Holy Mass, we heard that the effect and the fruit of all our acts of charity is light.And throughout the books of the Bible, we come across this idea or image of light as being always something by which we can see the truth, see in truth.  Light and truth, then, go together … and when we meet Jesus, at last, in the Gospels … and when we are aware of His nearness to us in our own lives – we know that Light and Truth are a Person:the One who is our God. So, God who is Light, is also the Creator of all light, and in this morning’s Gospel, Jesus said to His disciples: “You are the light of the world …No one lights a lampto put it under a tub …” These words are very striking and powerful […]

By |February 9th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

3rd Sunday 鈥揅ycle A 鈥 26th January 2014

   We read about darkness, deep shadow and oppression in Isaiah; factions, jealousies and rivalries tearing the Corinthian Christians apart; and in the Gospel her hear about the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus鈥 need to withdraw from danger and people suffering from all kinds of disease and sickness. Reflecting on this morning鈥檚 Mass Readings one can surmise that the world of Isaiah, Paul and Matthew was not too different from the world in which we live.Yet in the midst of all this darkness, oppression, uncertainty and sin Jesus proclaims the Good News to us as much as to the people of Galilee鈥 inviting us to repent, to have a change of heart!Peter, Andrew, James and John must have experienced the transforming power of Jesus鈥 love and responded to his invitation to repent and have a change of heart in order to be ready to respond so spontaneously and […]

By |January 26th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

Second Sunday of Year – Cycle A

 As we read in this morning鈥檚 Gospel, John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him and said 鈥 鈥楲ook, there is the Lamb of God鈥.  Indeed it is good that John invites us to look at Jesus.  But what is Jesus鈥 immediate re-action when he perceives our gaze?  Is our ability to look at Jesus, an answering gaze because He has first looked deeply into our hearts?What do we see in this look of Jesus?  Perhaps it is Julian of Norwich who gives us the most beautiful answer to these questions cf. Revelations of Julian of NorwichChapter 71.鈥楪lad and merry and sweet is the wistful and lovely looking of our Lord into our souls.  For  he is ever turned towards us in longing love and it is his will that our souls look gladly to him which is no less than he deserves.鈥欌楢nd his dream is that he will […]

By |January 20th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

The Baptism of the LORD

This is better late than never – a reflection on last Sunday’s Gospel, on the feast of the Baptism of the LORD.鈥淎nd yet you come to me.鈥 The wonder of God.  When JESUS came to John the Baptist at the Jordan, John said to Him, 鈥淚 need to be baptised by you, and yet you come to me!鈥  And yet you come to me! At the end of the season of Christmas, what after all could be a more perfect transition to the Ordinary Time of the Church鈥檚 year, than to wonder at the feast of the Baptism of the LORD?  It seems to sum up all that we had been longing for throughout all of Advent, and in each encounter with the LORD in the feast days of Christmas; and this day seems also to equip us for the journey ahead 鈥 how we must live and how we are […]

By |January 19th, 2014|Liturgy|0 Comments

Third Sunday of Advent – Gaudate Sunday 鈥 2013

 The day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus over two thousand years ago, is drawing very close. The Church鈥檚 Advent Liturgy is unbelievably rich in helping us to reflect and pray on this unfathomable mystery of God鈥檚 stupendous gift to us of His only begotten Son.In today鈥檚 Gospel from St. Matthew, we read: 鈥楯ohn the Baptist in his prison heard what Jesus was doing鈥. St. Matthew says 鈥榟is prison鈥 not just 鈥榩rison鈥.  This leads us to reflect on how all of us can be in some kind of prison at one time or another in our lives 鈥 the prison of fear, of insecurity, selfishness, depression, pride, prejudice, illness, unbelief, poor self image 鈥 the list is endless.  Whatever it may be, we too, like John the Baptist, can hear in the Gospels, what Jesus said and did, and of course, we hear him in the teaching of […]

By |December 15th, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

Second Sunday of Advent Year A

  While reflecting on this Sunday鈥檚 Readings I was attracted towards the First Reading from Isaiah- towards the peace and harmony portrayed and established between animals, nature and in this instance little children 鈥搕o quote some lines;The wolf lives with the lamb鈥ith a little boy to lead them.The cow and the bear make friends.The infant plays over the cobra鈥檚 hole;into the viper鈥檚 lairthe young child puts his hand.And then the following beautiful words bring us consolation and hope in the midst of our war torn, violent and suffering world:They do no hurt, no harm,on all my holy mountain,for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lordas the waters swell the sea. If only this were the present reality! Yet, Advent is the season of hope and we are called to keep this hope alive. These beautiful words of Isaiah paint a panorama of the harmony […]

By |December 8th, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

First Sunday of Advent – 2013

 Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5                 Romans: 13:11-14                 Mt24:37-44 锘縏he Mass readings for this first Sunday of Advent provide us with a wake-up call: St Paul tells us 鈥測ou must wake up now鈥 and in the Gospel Jesus tells us to 鈥渟tay awake!鈥 while the Prophet Isaias invites us to 鈥渨alk in the light of the Lord.鈥  So as we begin a new Church year we are invited to come into the light 鈥 to remove the blinds from the windows of our hearts and to let the light shine in 鈥 remembering that the true Light is Jesus Himself.  He is the True Light shining on us and who desires to penetrate and posses our inmost being.  The struggle between light and darkness is a perennial one – it is the struggle in which we are all engaged 鈥 the struggle to keep our hearts free and not to allow ourselves to […]

By |December 1st, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

33rd Sunday – Year C

锘縏he beauty of nature 鈥 especially the trees 鈥 has been quite stunning this autumn 鈥 perhaps it is the result of the beautiful summer and autumn weather we have had.  Walking around the garden these past weeks I have watched the leaves change to various hues of green, gold, brown, yellow and red.  As I watched their beauty increase day by day I was drawn to reflect on the example of the tree.  At the very moment when its beauty seemed to be at its zenith, and one would wish it to remain so for ever, I noticed that the leaves gradually began to fall to the ground. The trees did not resist but allowed their beautiful garments of leaves to fall one by one to the ground 鈥 to wither and die in the soil which in turn will nourish the new growth which will blossom in […]

By |November 17th, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

21st Sunday of Year C 2013

 “They will proclaim my glory to the nations” (Isaiah 66:20)There are several themes running through this Sunday鈥檚 liturgy and the one that spoke most to me was the call to 鈥減roclaim my glory to the nations鈥 and the invitation to be a witness 鈥渢o my glory鈥漹.19.I found these words of life extraordinary 鈥 really like a rallying call to us, coming almost immediately after our Cardinal consecrated Irelandto the Immaculate Heart of Mary.Is the Lord calling us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as the Gospel today tells us – 鈥淭hrough towns and villages Jesus went preaching鈥︹ Lk.13.22  proclaiming the glory of his Father to both Jews and Gentiles alike.Remember how after the miracle at the Wedding of Cana 鈥楬e let his glory be seen and his disciples believed in him鈥 Jn.2.12  and later he prays 鈥楩ather, I have given them the glory you gave to me that […]