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2nd Sunday of Lent – 25th February 2024


Are we there yet? This is a question that many parents are asked when they are on a car journey with small children. The answer usually is ‘not YET!’ This, sometimes perplexing conversation, came to mind when I was reflecting on the readings for [...]

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11th February 2024


Lev. 13:1-2, 44-46 Mark 1:40-45 In the reading from Leviticus we hear the biblical laws concerning leprosy (skin diseases thought to be contagious). Anyone who succumbed to this disease was declared unclean. One suffering from leprosy must declare himself unclean, wear his clothing torn, his [...]

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28th January 2024


A primeira leitura propõe-nos – a partir da figura de Moisés – uma reflexão sobre a missão profética. “O profeta é alguém que Deus escolhe, chama e envia para ser a sua “palavra” viva no meio dos homens. Através dos profetas, Deus apresenta-nos, em [...]

Feast of the Holy Family – December 31st 2023


Readings for feast of the Holy Family: Sir.3 2-6,12-14. Col. 3: 12-21. Gospel. Luke 2: 22-40 In today’s reflection I’ve tried to concentrate more on today’s feast rather than any specific  Reading. We refer to Joseph, Mary and Jesus as the Holy Family. That [...]



“LA PALABRA SE HIZO CARNE Y HABITÓ ENTRE NOSOTROS”. En el medio de todas las realidades que dan vueltas en nuestra humanidad, en nuestro mundo actual de norte a sur, de este a oeste, intentaremos dar una palabra que nos anime a la cada [...]

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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