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Sunday 18 November 2018: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

He shall gather his elect from the four winds

Sky with clouds... today’s gospel reflects the outlook of a community that is finding a healthy balance. Though it speaks with certainty of the coming of the end, it acknowledges that ‘nobody knows’ when it will be fully manifest ‘but the Father’. Echoing the language of literature such as the prophecy of Daniel about the signs of the end, it nevertheless urges constant vigilance, lest believers be taken unawares – one of the themes of the preaching of Jesus. We know God’s final achievement has been realized in the Christ’s risen greatness; but we wait in faith and hope for our full sharing in all that Christ has promised. With Mark’s community, we place our trust – whatever lies ahead of us - in the one who said: ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away’.

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

 

 
Giving your all PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 11 November 2018: Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

This poor widow has put more in than all who contributed

Widow's two coinsToday’s reading from Mark’s gospel reminds us what a great teacher Jesus was. The object lesson he gives, as he watches people making their donations, is one of the best remembered stories of the world’s religious traditions – the ‘widow’s mite’ has become proverbial. Mark sharpens the lesson by linking this incident with what Jesus has to say about ‘scribes’ who ‘swallow the property of widows while making a show of lengthy prayers’. The situation of widows was insecure. The ‘scribes’, so often mentioned in the gospels, were interpreters of the Law of old Israel – the lawyers of the day. They benefited as trustees for the estates of widows, and a reputation for piety could be good for business. Jesus’ words, of course, have a lesson for all of us – people who make a selfish show of their piety, instead of making it a ‘secret’ they share with their heavenly Father (Mt 5:6), give Christianity a bad name...

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



 
Loving God and neighbour PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 04 November 2018: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the first commandment, and the second is similar to it

The Ten Commandments...[Jesus] underlines the commandment given in today’s reading from Deuteronomy, familiar to all faithful Jews as part of their daily prayer: ‘You must love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength’ – in other words, with your whole being; to love anything in preference to the Lord is idolatry. Jesus is calling his hearers back to the radical faith and trust that so often finds expression in the Old Testament – especially in the prophets and the psalms – a faith and trust that was a true response to the God who had entered into covenant with the chosen people. Jesus goes on, however, to show great originality and wisdom, by linking the ‘first’ commandment with a ‘second’: ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself’ (Lev 19:18)...

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

 
Seeing with faith's eyes PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 28 October 2018: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bartimaeus

Master, grant that I may see

...When Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, the crowd around him tries to silence him. Yet Bartimaeus persists, calling out more loudly and with greater urgency. He will not be silenced or deterred from getting Jesus’ attention. We notice how quickly the crowd’s reaction changes when Jesus calls for Bartimaeus. Those who sought to quiet him now encourage him.

When Jesus restores Bartimaeus’s sight, no elaborate action is required. (In other healing stories in Mark’s Gospel, actions accompany Jesus’ words). In this instance, Jesus simply says that Bartimaeus’s faith has saved him. Throughout Mark’s Gospel, the success of Jesus’ healing power has often been correlated with the faith of the person requesting Jesus’ help. For example, it is because of her faith that the woman with the hemorrhage is healed. When faith is absent, Jesus is unable to heal; we see this after his rejection in Nazareth...

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

 
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