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Reflections

A Reflection for the Feast of the Epiphany

Some years ago, I had the privilege of working with the Spiritan initiative for asylum-seekers in Ireland (SPIRASI). Given the geographical situation of Ireland, most of the clients come to us from the east. Like the magi in the gospel, they too are on a quest. The readings today in simple terms offer us a vision of family and community. In these sacred stories we distil an understanding of family. The Scripture today defines family not in terms of literal definition but in terms of a vision for family where loving and heartfelt relationships are central to the experience.

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Christmas

So, it is 2020! A new year, a new start for a new decade. But what’s new in the world – we might be tempted to go down the line of saying it’s the “same old, same old”. However, today’s Scripture reminds us that the new calendar year is still very much in the liturgical season of Christmas – we are still giving time to the mystery of God with us! To unravel that mystery or rather to live it well, being immersed in it, perhaps 2020 offers us a way in.

A Reflection for the Feast of the Holy Family

Recently Pope Francis quoted the well-known African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child. He then asks the question, ‘but where do we find the village today?’ The answer to this question will depend on many people but we can be sure that families are building-blocks in any village. The readings today in simple terms offer us a vision of family and community. In these sacred stories we distil an understanding of family. The Scripture today defines family not in terms of literal definition but in terms of a vision for family where loving and heartfelt relationships are central to the experience.