Category Archives: Cycle B – The Year of Mark 2015

24th Sunday of the Year

The Challenge of the Question The commencement of the new academic year is always an important moment. It’s a moment of new beginnings, new experiences and new opportunities. For our young children the first day of school is a real … Continue reading

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20th Sunday of the Year

The Holiness of Mary The great Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe said of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which we keep on the 8 December that “What is celebrated on 8 December is not a feast of the doctrine; we … Continue reading

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19th Sunday of the Year

Jesus Christ; word made flesh. Last week we looked at the first part of the discourse of Jesus on the bread of life. We considered how the words of Jesus were concerned with getting us to understand that this ‘bread’ … Continue reading

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18th Sunday of the Year

Jesus Christ; the bread of life. This week the Gospel takes us to the beginning of Jesus’ discourse on the bread of life. Very conscientiously the Evangelist has divided this discourse into two parts; the bread which is the teaching … Continue reading

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17th Sunday of the Year

Jesus our Companion As I alluded to last week, today we begin to read Chapter Six of John’s Gospel which contains the miracle of the loaves and the discourse on the bread of life. It is a majestic and stately … Continue reading

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16th Sunday of the Year

Guide and Shepherd Although today’s gospel is only 4 verses long, it contains some important words and concepts which we should think about. Today’s gospel acts like a preface to the next five Sunday gospels, when we will read virtually … Continue reading

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15th Sunday of the Year

Tools for the Journey No bread, no haversack, no coppers for your purse; just imagine the scene! It’s a bit like arriving at your destination only to find that your entire luggage which you spent days trying to cram into … Continue reading

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14th Sunday of the Year

From Jesus the carpenter to Jesus the Christ. We all have a perspective. Essentially the way in which we view events and people derives from the standpoint of that perspective, and of what informs it. It is how we build … Continue reading

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13th Sunday of the Year: Sts Peter & Paul

The key to it all This weekend the feast of Saints Peter and Paul has invaded the Sunday calendar and sadly (to my mind anyway) arrogated from the liturgy the gospel story of the raising of Jairus’ daughter. This is … Continue reading

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12th Sunday of the Year

Welcome Bishop Elect Patrick! Last Monday I along with the rest of the Diocesan clergy had the opportunity of meeting Bishop Elect Patrick at a meeting in the Cathedral Hall. There must have been over a hundred priests and deacons … Continue reading

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