A Reflection for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

After spending time with today’s Gospel passage, I’m struck by the difficult and challenging conversation that was ongoing in the group. Jesus was sharing the future as he understood it. It was going to be a difficult future. But Peter refused that future, and was reprimanded by Jesus.

A Reflection for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (Be opened!). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Today’s Gospel is an extraordinary scene of healing. When I read it, I had a sense of wanting to be there. What must it have been like to witness a man hearing and speaking clearly for the first time? The utter expression of joy that must have been written on his face would have been a scene to behold.

A Reflection for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Since the Second Vatican Council many Church documents have been referring to the reality of ‘Social Sin’ in our lives and in our globalised world. Nevertheless, it seems that many people find it difficult to grasp its meaning and how it helps to facilitate and/or coerce undesirable behaviour in individuals. A definition might be helpful.