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The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday – April 13th, 2017 Holy Thursday formally concludes the Lenten season. On this night we enter into the three days that are the centre of our liturgical year, and indeed of the Christian faith. The scripture readings root us deeply in our Jewish past: celebrating the Passover ...read more
Palm Sunday – April 9th, 2017 In preparation for Easter some years ago, I had the privilege of an early Lenten retreat on the events of Holy Week as I read and pondered what was at that time Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s latest book: “Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A – April 2nd, 2017 Ezekiel’s dramatic vision and ours The historical background of today’s first reading from Ezekiel 37:12-14 is the great vision of the valley of the dry bones, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the whole of biblical literature. It dates back to the early sixth ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A – March 26th, 2017 Today’s marvellous Gospel story (John 9:1-41) is about seeing the face of Jesus, allowing the scales of blindness to fall from our eyes, experiencing his healing powers, and acknowledging Jesus for who he really is: the Lord and Saviour who has come into the world. ...read more
A reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent We all have some part of us that we wish was different. Something in ourselves that we wish was otherwise. Often this part of us can be a source of shame, of fear, of regret, of embarrassment. It is something we wish would just go away, that ...read more
Third Sunday in Lent, Year A – March 19th, 2017 In order to grasp the meaning of today’s first reading from Exodus 17:3-7, we must recall what transpires in the preceding chapter. God’s little flock faced the hardship of a lack of food and protested to Moses. Just as the Lord had heard the cry ...read more