17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today and for the next five weeks, the Lectionary puts Mark aside for awhile and focuses on the sixth chapter of St John’s Gospel. This chapter,which begins with Jesus feeding the 5000, will lead us to reflect on theBread of Life. This same story is also told in the other three Gospels withslight variations. In…

Mary Magdalen
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Mary Magdalen

In 2016, Pope Francis elevated thge memorial of St Mary Magdalen, traditionally observed on 22 July, to the status of a feast day. Over the past 30 years a number of studies have restored the reputation of Mary of Magdala from repentant prostitute to leading women disciple. Her title ‘Apostle of the Apostles’ is founded…

Rohr: What the World Would Look Like if Jesus’ Worldview Were in Control
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Rohr: What the World Would Look Like if Jesus’ Worldview Were in Control

Luke 6: 20 – 22 In this chapter of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus has just chosen his twelve disciples on the mountain. These are the very first words recorded that he says to them and to the great crowd that gathered, so they must be important. I think he’s describing what the world would look like…

Trust -A Poem Inspired by Sunday’s Gospel
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Trust -A Poem Inspired by Sunday’s Gospel

TRUST                                 (Mk 4,38)      Off we go. All aboard !All agreed, of one accord.See how the fishermen have scored;All big and little fish still stored,Some to eat and some to hoard –Hard work’s happy just reward. Don’t leave the Lord!    With him around, our hopes have soared But soon, and not to be ignored,   A huge storm came and…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 10 – Pentecost
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 10 – Pentecost

After the Ascension of Jesus we have the story of the followers of Jesus, Mary, the women, the brothers of Jesus and the eleven remaining apostles gathered together in prayer in the upper room of the Last Supper. Although they realised that Jesus had risen, his followers didn’t seem to be clear what to do…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 9 – At the Foot of the Cross
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 9 – At the Foot of the Cross

The Gospel of John tells us that Mary his mother and her sister as well as Mary the wife of Clopas, Mary Magdalene and his beloved disciple, were all at within sight of the cross, as Jesus breathed his last. What a trauma this must have been for those who loved him so deeply. But…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 8 – Family Controversy
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 8 – Family Controversy

Mary and the family wanted to protect Jesus. He needed a rest, time to himself, the crowds would wear him out. So they set out to bring him home.But he gets energy from the crowd, from people listening to the word of God.Those who listen and do the will of God are close to him;just…

Fear of the Lord – An Exploration
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Fear of the Lord – An Exploration

There may be a ‘fear of the Lord’, but ‘fear’ in relation to God has a bad history. It seems to have more to do with a fear of ‘hell’ rather than fear of the Lord. In his traditionally short catechism, Herbert McCabe expresses ‘fear of the Lord’ as ‘the gift of wonder and awe…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 7 – Cana
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 7 – Cana

A great story only to be found in John’s Gospel. Here Jesus, his mother and the disciples have gone to celebrate with two families at a wedding, when, to the embarrassment of the host, the wine runs out. Mary is quick to notice the problem. Although Jesus shows reluctance to do anything she puts him…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 6 – Finding in the Temple
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 6 – Finding in the Temple

Today’s story throws light on the life of the Holy Family. No travelling as a nuclear family, but a great caravan from Nazareth. The walk men together and the women walk together, and the children wandering between them. Such a large group that Mary and Joseph didn’t notice they hadn’t got their boy. Imagine the…

Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 5 – Egypt
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Month of May: Meditations on Mary in Scripture 5 – Egypt

Matthew has a different twist from Luke to the nativity. In Matthew it’s Joseph rather than Mary who dreams of angels bringing messages from God. After the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem the holy family are forced to flee for safety to Egypt. They spend some time, maybe two or three years, as refugees there….