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The momentous occasions of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s election to the See of Peter twelve years ago today – April 19, 2005 - and his courageous resignation from that office on February 11, 2013 – stand as landmark moments in the life of the Catholic Church and in the life of the world. ...read more
Second Sunday of Easter, Year A – April 23rd, 2017 Divine Mercy Sunday “Doubting Thomas” is a term often used to describe someone who refuses to believe something without direct, personal evidence: a skeptic. It refers of course to Thomas, one of the Twelve, whose name occurs in all the gospel lists of the apostles. ...read more
Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 15th, 2017 Genesis 1:1–2:2; Genesis 22:1-18; Exodus 14:15-15:1; Isaiah 54:5-14; Isaiah 55:1-11; Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4; Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28; Romans 6:3-11; Mathew 28:1-10 The tragic story of Good Friday does not end with the death of Jesus. There is a sequel. God raises Jesus from the dead and thereby writes another ...read more
Easter Sunday – April 16th, 2017 In reading the Resurrection chapters of the four gospels, the differences of the four accounts are very obvious. Not one of the evangelists recounts Jesus’ Resurrection itself. It is an event taking place within the mystery of God between Jesus and the Father. By its very nature the Resurrection ...read more
Good Friday, Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion – April 14th, 2017 As we commemorate Good Friday for this year, I have chosen to share with you the following reflection on what Pope John Paul II taught us at the end of his life. I cannot recall Good Friday without remembering Saint John Paul II, especially ...read more
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
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