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  • The Law and the prophets

    Sunday 12 February 2017 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary TimeI have not come to abolish the law and the prophets but to fulfill themMatthew continues the Sermon on the Mount with a three part instruction by Jesus on the Way of Life in the kingdom of heaven. ...
  • Celebrating 40 years of welcoming others

    Sunday 05 February 2017 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time You are the light of the world This year, Jesuit Social Services celebrates their fortieth anniversary - Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on this special milestone. We have been reflecting on the ...
  • Blessed are you

    Sunday 29 January 2017 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary TimeHappy are the poor in spiritOne way to read the Beatitudes is that Jesus was commending and blessing the various people who found themselves in those sorts of conditions. Another, is as a list of qu...
  • Jesus' ministry begins

    Sunday 22 January 2017 – Third Sunday in Ordinary TimeHe went to Capernaum, that the prophecy of Isaiah be fulfilledToday's Gospel describes the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke (called the Synoptic Gospels)...
  • Lamb of God

    Sunday 15 January 2017 – Second Sunday in Ordinary TimeThis is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the worldI was honoured in the eyes of the LordMy God was my strengthI will make you the light of the nationsHe is their Lord no less than oursLook...
  • Our search for Jesus

    Sunday 08 January 2017 – The Epiphany of The LordWe have come from the East to worship the kingThe visit of the Magi occurs directly before the story of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt. Matthew's Gospel tells a version of Jesus' birth that is differ...
  • Sharing in the life of Mary

    Sunday 01 January 2017 – Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of GodThe shepherds found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the crib… When the eighth day came they gave him the name of JesusIt is fitting that on New Year’s Day we celebrate the ca...
  • Joy is the true gift of Christmas

    Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas DayThe Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory On 18 December 2015, Pope Benedict XVI, commented on the scene of the Annunciation as recounted in the Gospel of the fourth Sunday of Advent. ...
  • Just Man Dreaming

    Sunday 18 December 2016 - Fourth Sunday of Advent Jesus was born of Mary, the betrothed of Joseph, a son of David I recall watching an episode of ‘The Bill’, an English police drama. The episode centred round an ‘honour killing’. A woman had des...
  • The signs of the kingdom

    Sunday 11 December 2016 - Third Sunday of Advent: Gaudete SundayJesus tells John the Baptist of the signs of the kingdom that are being worked through himThe third Sunday of Advent is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is the Latin word meaning ...
  • Baptism of Holy Spirit and fire

    Sunday 03 December 2016 - Second Sunday of Advent John the Baptist appears in Judea preaching a message of repentance John marks the conversion of those who seek him out with a baptism of repentance. Other groups in this period are thought to have pra...
  • Watchful waiting

    Sunday 27 November 2016 - First Sunday of Advent The coming of the Son of Man will catch many people unprepared Today is the first Sunday of Advent, which is also the first Sunday of a new liturgical year for the Church. The Advent season includes the ...
  • Forgiveness as a process

    Sunday 20 November 2016 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom Knowing that forgiveness is a process and not just an event reveals why it is so difficult to forgive. We want it to be over and don...
  • Contemplating justice

    Sunday 13 November 2016 - Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary TimeYour endurance will win you your life14 November is Restorative Justice Day.  We are often tempted to associate justice with punishment. A just God is a God who punishes sinners. Getting your ...
  • Conclusion of The Year of Mercy

    Sunday 06 November 2016 - Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeHe is not a God of the dead but of the livingTo conclude the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis will celebrate this month two special Masses: one for prisoners and the other for the homeless. The ...
  • Jesus and Zacchaeus

    Sunday 30 October 2016 - Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time The Son of Man came to seek and to find that which was lost I imagine Zacchaeus as a little, comic, lippy man sprung after climbing a tree in order to catch sight of Jesus. For Luke’s first...
  • At the heart of Mission

    Sunday 23 October 2016 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time The publican returned to his home justified; the pharisee did notWORLD MISSION DAY & UNITED NATIONS DAY For Catholics seventy years ago Missions evoked images of white robed Australian pries...
  • The poor with us

    Sunday 16 October 2016 - Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary TimeGod will see those who cry to him vindicatedOctober 16th - 22nd is Anti-poverty Week.  The Gospel tells us that we shall always have the poor with us. That is a statement of fact, often repeate...
  • Finding faith in unlikely places

    Sunday 09 October 2016 - Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus heals ten lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks Today we hear about how Jesus, continuing on his journey to Jerusalem, heals 10 lepers. This story is a lesson about fa...
  • Faith as small as a mustard seed

    Sunday 02 October 2016 - Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Lord, increase our faith! In today's Gospel we hear Jesus teach about faith and service to God. The context is a continuing dialogue between Jesus and his followers about what it means to b...