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Sunday 03 February 2019: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

No prophet is accepted in his own native place

SynagogueThe theme of today’s liturgy is the role of the prophet. Prophets have always had an important place in the life of the Church. This comes as a surprise to most people – probably because they think of prophets as those who predict future events: something that rarely happened. Prophets are people who – because they are in tune with God – help us to see things as God sees them. They point out the way God is calling us to follow, and remind us of the future God has in store for those who trust in him. At Vatican II, it was recognized that the important contribution such people can make has been neglected in the life of the Church in recent centuries. Every healthy Christian community has its prophets; we should be grateful for them and open to what they have to contribute to our life together. As Vatican II has told us, we are all called - through our baptism - to share in Christ’s role as the Father’s great Prophet...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of HermanoLeon Clipart

 
Fulfilled Scripture PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 27 January 2019: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me

The Torah...The teaching of Jesus in the synagogue of Nazareth, concerning his fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies, and Luke’s emphasis upon the traditions of the community, remind us that the world’s great religious traditions venerate the writings and teachings that put them in touch with their past. A healthy community keeps alive the memory of what inspired its origins. The first reading from the chronicles of Nehemiah describes a moving moment in the reestablishment of the Jerusalem community, after return from the Exile. The common people, ignorant now of Israel’s traditions, are overwhelmed with concern when Ezra, the scribe, reads and explains for them the long neglected Book of the Law. They are reassured, however, being told that the joy brought by renewed observance of old Israel’s traditions will be their ‘stronghold’. How much more grateful and responsive should we be, as today’s renewal makes available to us the far superior treasures of the New Testament!

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series | Image courtesy of pixabay.com

 
The first sign PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 20 January 2019: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wedding at CanaThe first of the signs given by Jesus was at Cana in Galilee

...In the Church's liturgical history, the wedding feast of Cana is closely associated with the baptism of the Lord and the adoration of the infant Jesus by the Wise Men. In this context, the sign Jesus performs at the wedding feast is celebrated as an epiphany or a manifestation of Jesus' divinity.

Yet awareness of Jesus' impending passion and death is ever present in John's Gospel. Even in this report of Jesus' first sign, the language used anticipates Jesus' passion. When Jesus says to his mother that his hour has not yet come, he protests against her wishes in language that John will use again when reporting Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples. When introducing the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet, John writes that Jesus knew that his hour had come. In John's Gospel, Jesus is very much in command and aware of all that is to happen to him...

Read more at Sunday Connection, Loyola Press, A Jesuit Ministry | Image courtesy of HermanoLeon Clipart

 
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