Pentecost

This week the eyes of the world where trained on Jerusalem as Donald Trump moved the American Embassy to the disputed capital of Israel. At the same time a massacre was unfolding on the border, as live ammunition was turned on a civilian demonstration. Many have registered deep disquiet at the terrible loss of life […]

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Sixth Sunday of Easter Yr B

Its often said you can count your real friends on the fingers of one hand. It’s certainly true that close friends are a rare and precious gift.  We treasure them as one of life’s great blessings. In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks of friendship and the nature of love. “A man can have no greater […]

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

One of the most devastating affects on those in the Windrush generation was the prospect of being cut off. Cut off from everything they held dear. Cut off from home, family, country and employment all that we take for granted. Effectively they were being made stateless and set adrift! Despite having lived in this country […]

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Good Shepherd Sunday

In 1890 the acclaimed Scottish author Robert Louse Stephenson defended the reputation of a simple Belgian priest who had recently died of leprosy. The priest was Fr. Damien and he had died working in a leper colony. Religious bias at time traduced his sacrifice and good name. But Robert Louse Stevenson not Catholic took up […]

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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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