Second Sunday of Advent : Mark 1:1-8, 9-11 10th December 2023


Mark’s Gospel starts directly with the Proclamation ‘the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the Prophet’. Mark in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, fast forwards us to [...]

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 5th 2023


Readings: Malachi:1:14-2:2,8-10, Psalm 130,1Thessalonuans 2:7-9,13, Matthew 23:1-12 As always, scripture seems to know what is going on in our lives. The first part of the Synod is over, and, suitably, the demand made on us by today’s readings is that we are to be [...]

28th Sunday of the Year – October 15th 2023


(Isaiah 25:6-10; Ps 22:1-4; Phil 4:12-14;19-20; Mt 22:1-14) Flathúlacht (Lavishness) This is the last in a series of the parables of Jesus for the past few Sundays in which Matthew’s Gospel portrays God as a generous bestower of goodwill, as against human niggardliness: the [...]

Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 24th September 2023


“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways, says the Lord.” (Is. 55:8) This quote from the first reading for Sunday says it all. Jesus was well aware of this, and the story we read in today’s Gospel, [...]

23rd Sunday in ordinary time September 10th 2023


23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time This Sunday’s readings did not seem at first sight to be easy to write about,  all about correcting our neighbour’s faults and sins out of love.  What a tough and unpleasant task! Since our earliest days we have been [...]


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