Second Sunday of Advent B

My mother asked me the other day what I want for Christmas! And before I could answer she said “And don’t say a bike.” This is a reference to one Christmas as a child when I pleaded for a Rally Chopper and didn’t get one. Not because they too tight to get me one but […]

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First Sunday Of Advent Year B

Being on the alert is part and parcel of modern life today. In airports and train stations we are continually reminded of the need to be alert to possible danger, to be on look out for suspicious packages and unattended luggage. While the police tell us to be alert and cautious when giving out our […]

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Christ the King

This weekend is being marked, as the 23rd anniversary of the martyrdom in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests. In the early hours of the 16th of November 1989 the Jesuits were dragged out of their beds by a detachment of soldiers and murdered in cold blood together with their house-keeper and her 15 year-old […]

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Thirty-Third Sunday Yr A

The centenary of World War I has been marked by many events, among them the remarkable display of poppies at the Tower of London. Over 800,000 blood red ceramic poppies have been planted there, one for each life lost. By the time the poppies are taken down and dispersed it is expected that nearly four […]

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All Souls

There are two Scottish Jesuits called Gerard Hughes, which is unfortunate because they are easily confused. I once made the mistake of going to lecture by the wrong one. Instead of a pleasant evening of reflection and spirituality, I was forced to endure an hour and a half of deep philosophical ramblings. To help distinguish […]

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Thirtieth Sunday Year A

For the last two Sundays the Pharisees and Sadducees have tried to trap Jesus with their questions. Last week it was about taxes and Caesar, this week its about commandments and law. The questions they ask are hostile meant to destroy and discredit Jesus, but he adeptly sidesteps them and turns them on their head. […]

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Mission Sunday

Today is Mission Sunday and as you entered the Church today you may have seen the Mission Sunday posters of the family from Mongolia in traditional dress its really lovely. Mongolia is said to be the youngest Catholic Church in the world. The church there is only last twenty years. Yet when Marco Polo went […]

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday Year A

Gerry McCann the father of the kidnapped child Madeline was interviewed on radio the other morning. The Sunday Times had run an atrocious story on the family and had been forced to retract, apologize and pay damages: which they donated to charity. Listening to Gerry McCann the sense of loss and grief is still palpable […]

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday Year A

There is no such thing as a free lunch as I learnt when out of the blue, and quite out of character, my sister invited me in to town for lunch. You mean your going to pay I asked doubtfully. “Yes, of course.” she said, as if this were an everyday occurrence. But I should […]

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday Year A

In the mysterious and rarefied world of theoretical physics, serious scientists speak of “parallel universes”. By which they mean, I think, that there are an infinite number of other universes just like ours, but with small differences. So theoretically we are all sitting at mass in another dimension, only I’m not preaching. No, you can’t […]

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