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Reflection on the Readings for Palm Sunday

The First Reading for Palm Sunday is taken from Isaiah (50:4-9) – which seems a very good start to the week ahead. Worth thinking about and contemplating … ‘Each morning he wakes me to hear: to listen, like a disciple …’ St Dominic is said to have carried with him wherever he walked (and he certainly walked, … and walked … and walked ….) the Gospel according to St Matthew. He is a good model for us who profess to be Dominicans, and Isaiah too has very appropriate advice for us, I think. We cannot begin to understand what the Lord has done for us, unless we listen to what is happening and said in all the events of Holy Week; we need to be people whose ears are attuned to God, so that we may the more sincerely open ourselves to receive all He wants to give us … and […]

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

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 […]

1st Sunday of Lent – Another Reflection

Having set for myself a headline for Lent 鈥淚t is your face, O Lord, that I seek, hide not your face鈥 鈥 it is encouraging to find that Jesus in today鈥檚 gospel gives me inspiring texts to guide me on my way. His responses to the devil can become ours. Indeed each of these quotes are taken from the book of Deuteronomy, that story of the people of Israel鈥檚 forty years wanderings through the desert to the promised land 鈥 a blue print of our struggles too on our journey home to our Father鈥檚 house. 鈥楳an does not live on bread alone鈥 鈥 Though immersed in, and in need of many material and tangible things to sustain us in life, yet our faith tells us that this is not our real life, no, our real life is the faith we have in the Son of God who loved us […]

By |February 19th, 2013|Liturgy|0 Comments

First Sunday of Lent – Reflection on Deuteronomy

In today鈥檚 First reading at Mass, taken from the Book of Deuteronomy, we are presented with the prayer of the Jewish man to God on presenting to Him the first-fruits of all the Lord had given to him. In a few short – actually long! 鈥 sentences, he summarises all the Lord has done for him since the call of Abraham, through the formation and election of Israel; her persecution at the hands of the Egyptians; to her deliverance and after wandering in the desert, at last, entering into and taking possession of the land given to her by God. (That was a fairly good imitation of the long sentences!!)And this is the First Sunday of Lent; that time of year again 鈥 already 鈥 when we know we would like to make a concerted effort to be cleansed of everything that separates us from God; prevents us from […]

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

Reflection on the Gospel – 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

In today鈥檚 Gospel, we see an anxious Scribe asking Jesus, 鈥榳hich is the first of all the commandments?鈥 Jesus replied. 鈥楾his is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength鈥 鈥 heart 鈥搒oul 鈥 mind, strength, these are extremely strong words; if we stop to ponder them deeply, each contains a great depth of meaning, a call to give our love totally to God with every fibre of our being. Most of us are familiar with these words of Jesus. For myself, it is loving God with all my heart and soul and strength, that has always struck me forcibly, but reflecting anew on this Gospel text, it was the word 鈥榤ind鈥 which drew my attention today.What does it mean to […]

By |November 4th, 2012|Liturgy|0 Comments

Novena to St Dominic – Day 9

At the beginning of the Libellus – Blessed Jordan鈥檚 account of the beginnings of the Order, we read: 鈥淕od鈥檚 Providence raised up the Order of Preachers as a remedy for the perils of these latter days.鈥   Other early biographical documents describe the world into which Dominic was born as a 鈥渨orld wrapped in darkness where the light was sinking鈥 – where Dominic 鈥渟hone like a new star鈥 and as a 鈥渓ight that would illuminate with its beams the whole world鈥  – a light not just for his own time but has continued to shine, through the members of his Order, down to our own day when the darkness and confusion seem to grow even more intense and widespread. We are all part of that darkness through our own sinfulness, blindness and stubbornness.  Yet as Christians and followers of Dominic we are also called to be light in the midst […]

Feast of the Holy Trinity

The antiphons in the Divine Office today give expression to our wonder and awe before the mystery Blessed Trinity, Three persons in one God. They keep circling round this mystery so incomprehensible to us. The plain chant melodies especially make our hearts swell with something beyond our capacity to put into words, giving voice to an awareness of the majesty and utter transcendence of God, the beauty of which almost hurts. The mystery of the Godhead, of God as he is in Himself Father, Son and Holy Spirit the most ineffable of all mysteries draws us, creates yearnings in us, leaves us restless even frustrated in our inability to worship God as He deserves. I am captivated by the 鈥極therness鈥 of God. On this Feast I long for Heaven where this ache to worship will be satisfied and I will know even as I am Known.And yet when we […]

Launch of Prayer intitiative for Vocations

Fr Gerard Dunne OP (vocations promoter for the Irish Dominican Province) celebrated our Sunday Eucharist this morning and launched the prayer initiative for vocations to all branches of the Order i.e. friars, sisters, contemplative nuns and Lay Dominicans. Recently he had an icon of St Dominic commissioned which he will now bring to all the Dominican priories and houses throughout Ireland to encourage the people who attend our churches to join us in praying for vocations. We felt privileged that this initiative was launched here and the icon will remain in our chapel during the coming two weeeks.Second Sunday of the Year 鈥 Year B Mass Readings1Samuel 3:3-10, 19Psalm 39: 2-4, 7-10,1Cor 6:13-15;17-20Gospel John 1:35-42鈥淚 waited, I waited for the LordAnd he stooped down to me;He heard my cryHe put a new song into my mouthPraise of our God鈥漌hen I read these words of today鈥檚 responsorial […]

Christmas Reflection

Below is the text of a Christmas reflection given by one of our sisters.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). 鈥淲ith the Lord there is unfailing love; great is His power to set us free鈥 鈥 Vespers II of Christmas. The human heart longs for freedom 鈥 it is boundless in its aspirations for we were made in the image and likeness of God and are destined to live eternally with Him in love. He has made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. (cf Confessions of St Augustine). A glance at our newspapers or TV news demonstrates this restlessness 鈥 this past year has witnessed the eruption of violence in many parts of our world 鈥 all seeking freedom of one sort or another. Left to ourselves, we humans, seek freedom apart […]

By |December 25th, 2011|Liturgy|1 Comment