A Reflection for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

‘Lord, That I May See’ - In today’s Gospel extract we read the story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, who was used to sitting on the roadside at the entrance to Jericho every morning.  It’s one of the most fascinating stories in the Gospel, the kind that I think appeals to everybody. 

A Reflection for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Mission Sunday Today we celebrate the Missionary Church. We can be very proud of the great role that Ireland has played in Africa, Asia, South and Central America and Australasia in promoting the Christian message, and in helping the development of so many poor nations. As a missionary, I spent some years in Ethiopia, Kenya and Eastern Germany. I also worked as a mission-fundraiser in the USA and Canada. I enjoyed my work both “on the Missions” and raising money for the Missions, mostly for where my fellow-Spiritan missionaries worked in Africa.

A Reflection for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The dangers of wealth - The fact that all three Synoptic Evangelists – Matthew, Mark and Luke – narrate similar episodes in the life of Jesus tells us that wealth/poverty played an important role in the life of each of the three communities involved.