Seventeenth Sunday B

One of the great libels thrown at Marie Antoinette, the ill-fated Queen of France was her indifference to the poor and hungry. It was summed up in a quote she was supposed to have made when told the poor had no bread she is alleged to have said “Then let them eat cake.” Historians say […]

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Sixteenth Sunday B

What is striking about the Gospel today is the business of it all! The Gospel tells us “there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat.” Many of us lead busy and hectic life. Often juggling several tasks at once: meeting deadlines, working late and chasing our tails. […]

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Fifteenth Sunday B

One of the striking features about todays Gospel is the insistence of Christ that his disciples take nothing with them for the journey; no bread, no haversack, no spare tunic, not even a few coppers for their pocket. Because they are to depend on God and his providence, not on themselves on their own resources […]

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Fourteenth Sunday B

Home truths are never very palatable. When you hear the phrase I’m going to tell you some home truths you know you’re in for it! In the Gospel today Jesus too is face with the unpalatable and uncomfortable truth about his own home. Returning to his hometown of Nazareth Jesus finds neither welcome nor faith. […]

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Thirteenth Sunday Year B

The pages of the NT are filled with the miracles of Christ. Even a cursory reading of the Gospels show how frequently they appear in our Lord’s public ministry. So much so that the evangelists don’t bother to record them individually. Instead they lump them together in neat little summaries saying: he cured the sick, […]

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Pentecost

Shelly’s poem Ozymandias ridicules the conceit of human pride. It warns us that the passage of time diminishes all thing; the reputation of the great and powerful, how quickly their names and achievements are forgotten. The poem begins I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: `Two vast and trunkless legs of stone […]

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Vocations Holy Hour

Tomorrow I’m booked to talk to our Primary School children. Its world of work week and they are inviting people into the school to talk about their work and profession. I was struck at the Ascension by the emphasis the feast gives to the mission of the church. In fact the reading that day gave […]

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Low Sunday/Mercy Sunday

In the final years of his pontificate when Pope John Paul was so publically diminished before the eyes of the world. As the years took their toll and his physical frailty took over, his mind and teaching turned to the mercy of Christ. And his pontificate culminated in one of his final acts which he […]

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Easter Vigil

Tonight we have much to get through and the clock is ticketing. Six weeks of Lent and we are all probably dying to break our fast, open the chocolates, pop the cork and generally celebrate. And the kettles are on in the Pastoral Centre. But we have much to get through not least the history […]

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Easter Sunday

This afternoon we have a baptism at mass and how appropriate that we celebrate baptism on Easter Sunday. We celebrated the initial rites last Sunday when among other things we asked the parent what name they gave their child: needless to say I’ve forgotten the babies name so we might need to repeat that bit. […]

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