Corpus Christi - A, 18th June 2017

Corpus Christi - A, 18th June 2017

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. For us, this has a two-fold meaning – we celebrate God’s gift of Himself, His body and blood, in the Eucharist and, as we share in His life, we become the Body of Christ, His Church...

The Most Holy Trinity - A, 11th June 2017

The Most Holy Trinity - A, 11th June 2017

‘She has gone to God and God is very near’. These are the words that some dear friends of mine chose for the cover of their mother’s funeral booklet. Their choice of words demonstrates their faith in God of whom John writes in today’s gospel....

Pentecost - A, 4th June 2017

Pentecost - A, 4th June 2017

This week we celebrate Pentecost, the day when the first Apostles realised that God’s Spirit was with them. The Gospel tells this story by recalling how Jesus gave his Apostles the Holy Spirit with a breath....

The Ascension of the Lord- A, 28th May 2017

The Ascension of the Lord- A, 28th May 2017

So many times in a single day we are given the chance to share the love of God, but often we are so afraid of what others may think that we put it aside. We let our thoughts get in the way of actions that could possibly save a life for Christ.....

6th Sunday of Easter - A, 21st May 2017

6th Sunday of Easter - A, 21st May 2017

Initially after the resurrection, the friends and followers of Jesus went in to hiding for fear of their lives. They had seen their close friend and Master betrayed, denied, condemned and crucified. They had lost all heart....

5th Sunday of Easter - A, 14th May 2017

5th Sunday of Easter - A, 14th May 2017

“Take from my heart all painful anxiety” is a gospel inspired prayer. It is the prayer of Catherine McAuley, the first Sister of Mercy. Like Jesus, Catherine knew in her being that a troubled heart is an ever present possibility: we deal with one problem and along comes another....

4th Sunday of Easter - A, 7th May 2017

4th Sunday of Easter - A, 7th May 2017

The fourth Sunday after Easter is traditionally known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. For those of us who live in rural areas, a shepherd and his dog are a familiar sight. In the Middle East, however, a shepherd does not use dogs, he walks ahead of the flock and the sheep follow him. They recognise his voice....

3rd Sunday of Easter - A, 30th April 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter - A, 30th April 2017

Extraordinary things can happen if we open ourselves to the presence of a stranger or “foreigner” on the road of life. That seems to be a key element in today’s gospel passage from the well-known and well-loved Emmaus story. Imagine two dejected disciples on the road back from Jerusalem to their home in Emmaus they encounter Jesus who has been raised. They fail to recognise him....

Divine Mercy Sunday - A, 23rd April 2017

Divine Mercy Sunday - A, 23rd April 2017

The first scene in today’s gospel has the disciples hiding behind closed doors “for fear” of those who had handed Jesus over to be executed by the Roman authorities. As supporters of someone executed on a political charge, they had reason to be fearful. Jesus appears among them, offers a greeting of peace, and tells them that he has been sent by God, his ‘Father’....

Easter Sunday - A, 16th April 2017

Easter Sunday - A, 16th April 2017

We can face anything, endure anything, as long as we know or believe it will not last for ever, and that something better will happen. What all this underlines is the importance of hope.....

Palm Sunday - A, 9th April 2017

Palm Sunday - A, 9th April 2017

PALM SUNDAY is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified....

5th Sunday of Lent - A, 2nd April 2017

5th Sunday of Lent - A, 2nd April 2017

Today’s readings touch into the most profound of human mysteries, the mysteries of life and death. To hold a new born child or to see a sick person restored to health is to experience the wonder of life...

4th Sunday of Lent - A, 26th March 2017

4th Sunday of Lent - A, 26th March 2017

The gospel this week invited us on a faith journey with a man born blind and with the different groups of participants in the drama. All have the opportunity of coming to faith. Not all accept the invitation...

3rd Sunday of Lent - A, 19th March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent - A, 19th March 2017

Three weeks into Lent, the liturgy invites us to take a faith journey in the company of a courageous outsider, an unnamed woman from a despised religious group...

2nd Sunday of Lent - A, 12th March 2017

2nd Sunday of Lent - A, 12th March 2017

Last week’s gospel invited us into a confronting habitat, namely the wilderness. This week, we follow Jesus and three of his companions to a mountain and eventually a cloud-covered mountain. Both wilderness and mountain link Matthew’s story of Jesus with the story of the Israelites of old....

1st Sunday of Lent - A, 5th March 2017

1st Sunday of Lent - A, 5th March 2017

Lent calls us to reject the path of domination or greed or status so that, like Jesus, we may be truly “of God”. Lent comes around each year and presents us with its usual challenge to take stock of our lives, to see more clearly what is in our hearts, and to discover what might be calling us out of our comfort zones. It is a time for personal as well as group reflection, a time for entering into the “wilderness” and grappling..... 

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 26th February 2017

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 26th February 2017

“Today’s trouble is enough for today!” These are the concluding words of the gospel for this Sunday. We are “not to be anxious”. Rather, we are invited to be single-minded in our commitment. The challenge of this gospel is to live in the present, in right relationship and connection with the whole Earth community and to trust in the goodness and providence of God....

7th Sunday in Ordinary TIme - A, 19th February 2017

7th Sunday in Ordinary TIme - A, 19th February 2017

Today’s gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ teaching on the sort of righteousness, the right relationship and justice, to which his followers are called in their living of the Law. The law of Moses (Exod 21:24, Lev 24:20 and Deut 19:21) included a law of retaliation designed to make punishment for wrongdoing to persons or property proportionate to the offence.....

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 12th January 2017

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A, 12th January 2017

We sometimes forget that Jesus was a faithful Jew who observed the Law handed down within Israel from generation to generation. Today’s gospel brings us the continuation of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus,.....