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Encountering Evil

Sixth Sunday of Easter John 14;23-29 This Reflection is based on a book entitled Encountering Evil dealing with the often-asked question “Why does the All-Powerful God allow there to be so much evil in the world?” The present Russo-Ukrainian war, with all its reported atrocities and suffering, has brought this question to the surface of …

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What’s Happened To the New Commandment?

Fifth Sunday of Easter John 13;31-35 We have followed the events of the Passion, the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus for many weeks, but on this 5th week of Easter we go back to the Passover Supper, the washing of the disciple’s feet and the departure at night of Judas from the fellowship to betray …

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I’ve Made Up My Mind, Don’t Convince Me With the Facts!

Fourth Sunday of Easter John 10;22-30 How often when we ask a question have we already made up our minds what the answer is going to be? In this Gospel reading, the Jews who asked Jesus to say plainly if he was indeed the Messiah had already worked out in their own minds what the …

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Do You Love Me?

Third Sunday of Easter – Resurrection Appearances John 21;1-19 Some think that the 4th Gospel originally ended with the climax of the resurrection appearances in Jerusalem and the words, “the world cannot contain the books that should be written about all the things Jesus did.” [John 20;25] Yet there is a final chapter 21 which …

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Holy Ground

Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy John 20;19-31 That story of the Risen Lord appearing to the disciples is remarkable for a number of reasons, but to highlight just one point, and perhaps one that is not immediately obvious, strictly speaking Christianity has no holy places. Those encounters between Jesus and his friends are …

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The Risen Christ In Our Midst

Eastertide Luke 20;1-18 In my student days many seminarians were helped by the work of London’s Keston College who gave support and publicity to dissidents in the Soviet Union. Many of these were martyred and many have since died, but their suffering deepened faith and courage all over the world. Theirs was a courageous Easter …

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Bread – The Staff Of Life

Palm Sunday Luke 22;14-56 Let us reflect on Jesus speaking of himself as “the bread of life”. People say bread doesn’t taste like it used to. I can remember walking in the evening past a local bakery and being almost carried away by the smell of the bread. Nowadays most people buy their bread at …

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The Friends of Jesus

Fifth Sunday of Lent John 12;1-8 Jesus travelled with twelve disciples, but also had a considerable group of friends in Galilee and Jerusalem upon whom he relied. There are, men, women, singles and couples, who come into prominence before his trial and after his resurrection. Mary the mother of John Mark, cousin of Barnabas offered …

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The Tear-Away Son

Fourth Sunday of Lent Luke 15,1-3+11-32 Jesus, like other great teachers teaching about spiritual truths, uses parables or analogies based on earthly, every-day ideas – like fishing, building, bread, water and wind to describe heavenly things – about which we know so little, and understand even less. Of course, parables and analogies are only approximations. …

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The Need To Repent

Third Sunday of Lent Luke 13,1-9 Whose fault? Our Gospel for the third Sunday of Lent is another call to focus on personal behaviour. The passage is in two parts. First a general discussion between Jesus and the people followed by remarks about the fig trees. St Luke does not tell us the circumstances that …

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