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Sunday 16 September 2018: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You are the Christ ... the Son of Man was destined to suffer much

Cross...The ‘who’ question is central to our human existence: ‘Who are you, my companion on the journey of life?’ ‘Who am I?’ These questions, if we face their implications, confront us with the depths and mystery of our common humanity. Jesus called himself, ‘the Son of Man’, a title that affirmed his sharing in our human condition. When the ‘who’ question is addressed to him we find not only the mysterious depths of our common humanity, but also the mystery of the generous designs of God, conceived with the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the depths of the divine eternity. Discipleship is learning, in the course of our lives, the answer to the ‘who’ question we address to the Saviour - who has made himself our ever-present companion. Like Peter, we shall find that we are forced to re-evaluate our most basic assumptions in the light of the ways of God we learn from Jesus...

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Ephphatha! - Be opened! PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 09 September 2018: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared

The ears of the deaf shall be cleared...These dramatic words of Jesus are the climax of the story. In Mark’s text, the Galilean mission of Jesus has ended with rejection by those of his ‘home town’. Mark begins his account of the cure by describing the strange route taken by Jesus - through pagan territories – probably pointing to the infant Church’s mission to the gentiles and the openness with which that mission to preach the gospel truth was received. We too are invited to reflect upon the importance of openness, and to acknowledge the many ways in which we can be more open to God’s call to the fullness of life. For Mark, life and joy will be found by those who become true disciples of the Crucified One, and so enter with him into his glory...

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Living according to the ways of God PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 02 September 2018: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

You forget the commandments of God and hold on to human tradition

Bible reading.  Image courtesy of pexels.com... Life in a human community is governed by ‘laws and customs’, as Moses reminds the people of old Israel in the first reading. These regulations and their interpretation can give rise to confusion; so Moses urges the people to ‘add nothing’ and ‘take nothing from’ the law which he gives them in the name of God. We meet the same issue in today’s gospel reading: Jesus is being hounded by antagonists – some of whom have come from Jerusalem for the purpose. They resent the fact that the disciples of Jesus ‘do not respect the traditions of the elders’ and observe ritual purifications. The response of Jesus has an important lesson for every age, as we endeavour to make Church regulations that are truly life-giving...

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