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Tag Archive for ‘Ordinary Time’

Sunday 14 January

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42 I belong in the story It might seem to be a strange thing to say, but John’s Gospel is written for the reader and listener. That’s us. We are the people in the stories. These are written so […]

Tuesday 9 January

First Week in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 1:9-20; Canticle: 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8; Mark 1:21-28 Jesus in our midst Strangers entering a small town often arouse curiosity. When Jesus preaches at Capernaum, the people are confused. They are fascinated by his knowledge and authority. But, from where did his knowledge come? Who is he? The […]

Monday 27 November

34th Week in Ordinary Time Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20; Canticle Daniel 3:1-4; Luke 21:1-4 Every little bit helps The widow quietly put her donation in the box, no fuss. Jesus praises her, not so much for the amount, but for her generosity – she had very little! It’s unlikely we’ll have millions to give away, but […]

Sunday 19 November

33rd Sunday in Ordinary TimeWorld Day of the Poor Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Psalm 128; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30 The best you can be The parable of the talents exhorts us to be faithful and make good use of the gifts we have. It’s obvious our gifts vary considerably. I’m in awe at what […]

Sunday 10 September

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Ezekiel 33:7-9, Psalm 95, Romans 13:8-10, Matthew 18:15-20 Letting Love speak How do we judge others' behaviour without being judgmental? St. Paul makes it quite plain that we can only correct with love. Parents do this all the time with children. Loving correction is harder in an adult Christian community. […]

Friday 1 September

21ST Week in Ordinary Time 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Psalm 97, Matthew 25:1-13 Meet and greet St. Paul exhorts the faithful to be holy, not to give in to immorality. The Gospel tells us what happens when we are not wise enough to live with heaven in mind. Holiness is much more than avoiding the pitfalls […]

Sunday 27 August

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 Identity Who do you say I am? The question of Jesus is asked of his followers every day. Who is Jesus to me, has to beat a constant rhythm in my life, for I will meet Jesus in countless guises. My parent, […]

Sunday 13 August

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13; Psalm 85; Romans 9: 1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Do not be afraid! Don’t be afraid! So many times we hear that in the gospels: in the annunciation; in Joseph’s dream; in this Sunday’s reading with the disciples battling a heavy sea. Jesus walks towards them on the […]

Monday 7 August

Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Numbers 11:4-15; Psalm 81; Matthew 11:13-21 There is a time for grieving Following the death of his cousin, John, Jesus sought time and space to grieve. The needs of others overtook his own need, and his pity would nourish the people crowding round him, gifting them with hope and recharging […]

Sunday 25 June

Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 69; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-53 Do not be afraid There is such a depth of compassion shown to us in the readings today.God knows us intimately. And when we accept this, don’t be afraid to express the intimacy of God’s love to those around us. Be confident […]