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Sunday Gospel Reflection for 27th Sunday of the Year, October 2nd

It is always wise, I think, when reading a particular Gospel or any small section of the Bible, to pause and think of it in the context of the entire life of Jesus – his miracles, his words, his interaction with people, his death and resurrection. In my own mind, I go back to imagining...

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Sunday Gospel Reflection for 26th Sunday of the Year September 25th

If you felt that Luke, in his Gospel, seems to have a strong dislike for wealth and ‘rich men’, you would not be too far wrong! For the second week in a row Luke begins with, “…there was a rich man who…” and for the second week in a row the ‘rich man’ is presented...

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Sunday Gospel Reflection for 25th Sunday of the Year September 18th

‘Multi-tasking’ was a buzz word a number of years ago. It became for a while a kind of badge of honour for the young. They could multi-task and the rest of the population were stuck in a single-track brain function which, the young claimed, made life exceedingly dull and boring. Teenagers swore they could study,...

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Sunday Gospel Reflection for 24th Sunday of the Year September 11th

Quite a number of years ago I was working in a boys Boarding/Day School in Australia. Each Sunday I celebrated Mass for the boarding community, which, as it happened, had quite a few boys from sheep farming families, living on ‘stations’ and farming huge swaths of land. I well remember one Sunday finding myself facing...

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Sunday Gospel Reflection for 23rd Sunday of the Year September 4th

When I worked in schools, frequently I would overhear one teenager say to another, “If my Mum finds out I did that she’ll kill me.” Hearing it didn’t send me rushing to ring the Police or Child Protection services telling them that I thought a child might be murdered when he got home from school....

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Sunday Reflection August 28th

Sunday Gospel Reflection for 22nd Sunday of the Year August 28th

At the very start of his first published exhortation after his election, Pope Francis issued an invitation to Christians which I found extremely powerful. He wrote, “I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.” (the Joy of the Gospel, 3) It was the words “personal encounter”...

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Gospel Reflection Sunday August 21

Sunday Gospel Reflection for 21st Sunday of the Year August 21st

As a High School teacher all of my working life, it always struck me as strange and disappointing that we teach our children the skills they need to mature physically, intellectually and emotionally, yet we frequently avoid teaching them to mature spiritually.  Physically a child learns to value health and fitness; intellectually the importance of...

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Sunday Reflection Assumption of Mary

Sunday Reflection for The Assumption of Mary

Sunday Reflection for The Assumption of Mary (Sunday August 14th / 15th August)  At the start of today’s Gospel we hear that when Mary arrived at the house of Elizabeth she was overjoyed and greeted Mary with these words: “…Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?”  I think...

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Sunday Gospel Reflection for 19th Sunday of the Year, Sunday August 7th

There are well established links in business psychology between fear, a lack of self-confidence and difficulty in trusting. Successful businesses will usually be led by people who trust in themselves and have the confidence to overcome their fears. Perhaps the same links can be found in our Spiritual journey with God and one another. “Do...

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18th Sunday July 31st Gospel Reflection Website Graphic

Sunday Gospel Reflection for 18th Sunday of the Year, Sunday July 31st

Ask any poor person does he or she want to remain poor and I am certain the answer will be a most emphatic ‘no’, probably with one or two expletives added! There is nothing good or positive about any kind of poverty. By definition it means scarcity, insufficiency, or shortage and none of these things...

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