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Sleep and Watchfulness

Mark 13,24-37 “What I say to you I say to everyone: ‘Be watchful!’ [‘Stay awake!’] Jesus spoke these words to the Apostles at the very end of His discourse on the grave and painful times of trouble, which He knew faced both Himself and them. He knew that he was soon to be snatched away …

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“My Kingdom is not of this world”

Matthew 25,31-46 The Pentecost season comes to a climax in the worship of Jesus Christ as King of the Saints and King of His Church. From now the calendar turns a page and begins again to reflect on the earthly life of the Lord from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, his birth and his Ascension. Very soon …

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Account for the Gifts God Gives

Matthew 25,14-30 This parable of the talents lies between the parable of the Virgins and the parable of Final Judgement. All three parables serve to prepare the people of God concerning the coming Kingdom. The parable of the Virgins teaches us diligence, because the Kingdom may come at any moment. The parable of the Final …

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry?

Matthew 25,1-13 The story of the wise and the foolish virgins that Jesus tells in today’s Gospel, looked at objectively, is a strange bitter-sweet mixture. What could be nicer than a wedding, we ask ourselves, particularly if we don’t have to pay for it, or do any of the running around. It is not mere …

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Bodies and Souls

Matthew 5,1-12 In the past, when Charities wanted to encourage people to give them money to feed, clothe and shelter the destitute, they often used the expression ‘to keep body and soul together’. It was another way of saying ‘keep them alive’ – because when people lack these necessities of life, they die. But nowadays, …

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All Saints Day

Matthew 5,1-12 From Whitsun we have been reflecting on being the Church in the world and now All Saints Day brings the season of Pentecost to a climax with the witness of the thousands upon thousands of individuals who have been shining lights within the life of the Church for Christ’s kingdom. The kingdom of …

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The Law of Love

Matthew 22,34-40 Jesus was asked to name the greatest of the commandments and he responded by naming two, both found in the Old Testament. Jesus brought them together and made them of equal importance: love of God and love of neighbour. However often we hear the words of these two commandments, we are struck by …

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Paying Caesar, paying God

Matthew 22,15-22 Previously, Jesus criticised the Pharisees in the parables of the tenants and the wedding feast. Today’s Gospel reading is the first of four disputes between Jesus and the religious leaders of the day. The Pharisees conspired to trap Jesus through cunning argument and so posed the perfect question, “is it against our Law …

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A Gracious Invitation

Matthew 22,1-14 The king sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come (Matthew 22,1). “I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.” So runs the line in a dozen gangster movies – refuse at your peril is the subtext. …

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The Church is One and Holy

Meditations on the Images and Marks of the Church – Part 4 This is the fourth of five web meditations launched by Fathers Geoffrey Neal and Edward Bryant on the Church, the images and marks that have underpinned an orthodox vision. An overview of the meditations is available on this site here, on the European …

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