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6th Sunday of Easter - C, 26th May 2019

6th Sunday of Easter - C, 26th May 2019

Today’s readings show us the effects of the abiding presence of God in His Church and of His indwelling in each one of us.

The Gospel passage reminds us that the Holy Spirit, abiding within us, is our Teacher, Advocate and the Source of peace and joy. The passage offers a vision of hope as well. Jesus promises his followers that the Holy

Spirit will come and instruct them in everything they need to know.

5th Sunday of Easter - C, 19th May 2019

5th Sunday of Easter - C, 19th May 2019

Today’s Gospel passage gives us the secret of Christian renewal as the faithful practice of Jesus’ new commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you”. Jesus has added a new element to the Old Testament command of love by teaching us that the true test of discipleship is to love other people in the same way that he has loved us, with sacrificial, unconditional, agápe love. Hence, the renewal of Christian life means a radical change of vision and a reordering of our priorities in life….

4th Sunday of Easter - C, 12th May 2019

4th Sunday of Easter - C, 12th May 2019

The apostles faced much opposition as they proclaimed the Good News of Christ. Since then, many Christians have suffered martyrdom in great persecutions. Today’s Scripture readings make reference to such difficulties but they also offer a firm message of hope and consolation. The faithful followers of Jesus, those who listen to his voice, will have eternal life…..

3rd Sunday of Easter - C, 5th May 2019

3rd Sunday of Easter - C, 5th May 2019

The disciples of Jesus went through the blackest of nights on the Sea of Tiberias. They were weighed down by grief and shock at the death of Jesus, and guilt for denying him in the case of Peter. And they caught no fish. But joy came with the dawn when the risen Christ appeared to them. They caught many fish, shared a meal with him and Peter experienced forgiveness…..

Divine Mercy Sunday - C, 28th April 2019

Divine Mercy Sunday - C, 28th April 2019

Many of us call Thomas one of our favourite gospel people! He was a man who did not ‘mess about’ with his faith. He found faith in the risen Lord hard to take and let others know. He had often been a bit doubtful earlier – his solution to the prophecy of Jesus;’ death was that he should to go and die and get it done with!…..

Easter Sunday - C, 21st April 2019

Easter Sunday - C, 21st April 2019

More than just a day, the Church gives us a seven-week Easter season to celebrate. Yet sometimes our everyday lives feel so heavy that celebration is not a part of them. Critical illness in the family, loss of a job, disappointment in a relationship and the burdens of everyday life can make it a challenge to feel particularly joyful – even in the Easter season…..

5th Sunday of Easter - B 29th April 2018

5th Sunday of Easter - B 29th April 2018

Today’s Scripture selections emphasize the need for Christians to abide in Christ as a condition for producing fruits of kindness, mercy, charity and holiness….

4th Sunday of Easter - B, 22nd April 2018

4th Sunday of Easter - B, 22nd April 2018

Though few shepherds remain in our modern world, the image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, continues to bring comfort to us. It reminds us that we are not alone. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, watches over us always. He lays down his life for us. He leads us to pasture, to water, to safety. He searches for us when we stray and bandages our wounds.....

3rd Sunday of Easter - B, 15th April 2018

3rd Sunday of Easter - B, 15th April 2018

The common theme of today’s readings is the challenge to adjust our lives to the living presence of the risen Lord as we grow daily more aware of God’s presence within us and all around us as the Holy Spirit. This awareness should strengthen our hope in His promises, bring us to true repentance for our sins and the renewal of our lives...

2nd Sunday of Easter - B, 8th April 2018

2nd Sunday of Easter - B, 8th April 2018

The readings for this Sunday are about God’s mercy, the necessity of trusting Faith and our need for the forgiveness of our sins. God revealed His mercy, first and foremost, in sending His only-begotten Son to become our Saviour and Lord through His suffering, death and... 

Easter Sunday - B, 1 st April 2018

Easter Sunday - B, 1 st April 2018

Easter is the greatest and the most important feast in the Church for three reasons: 1) The Resurrection of Christ is the basis of our Christian Faith. It is the greatest of the miracles, for it proves that Jesus is God. 2) Easter is the guarantee of our own resurrection.....

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....

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.....

5th Sunday of Easter - C, 24th April 2016

5th Sunday of Easter - C, 24th April 2016

He commands the disciples to love one another, but he also reminds them that they will continue to feel his presence despite the fact that he will not be with them. They will exhibit their discipleship by doing what he commands: by loving one another as he loved them. John continues this discourse on love in John 15:1-16:4.....

4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) - C, 17th April 2016

4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) - C, 17th April 2016

Ignatius of Loyola had a meditation to offer – that the Divine persons would look down on the world from heaven, and see us all. Many of us were lost. They had compassion and sent one of them, the Son of the Father, to find us and take us home. That was Jesus, Son of God and ....

3rd Sunday of Easter

3rd Sunday of Easter

Jesus spent time lighting the fire so he could cook breakfast on the seashore. Reminds me of my mother getting the fire ready in the old days so we could make toast with red embers for the long toasting fork....