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Tag Archive for ‘Ordinary Time’

Sunday 23 September

Twenty Fifth Week in Ordinary Time Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37 Seeing like Jesus The disciples cannot comprehend what Jesus is saying. Their thinking is set on human things. At the centre of their consciousness is the pursuit of status it seems. There is little room for others. The Christian welcomes […]

Sunday 9 September

Twenty Third Week in Ordinary Time Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37 Listening Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment. In searching for the spiritual meaning of physical ailments we are mindful of the power of God’s word in the scriptures. Therefore, this deaf person stands for all who are deaf […]

Saturday 1 September

Twenty First Week in Ordinary Time 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Psalm 33; Matthew 25:14-30 The increasing gift This is not a ‘feel good’ story but is in fact tragic. Perhaps what we are being invited to reflect upon is that in the spiritual world there is a differing logic from physical reality. This parable is about […]

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, […]