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A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sometimes the language of the Book of Revelation (or Apocalypse) is extremely difficult to grasp but today’s second reading (Apocalypse 21:1-5), while still very much a work of the imagination, offers images that can readily appeal to people today. John taps into our longing for a better future, a new world. In this world there is “no longer any sea”, that is a reference to the seas as a source of chaos.

A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

The vivid imagination of John continues to explore what it means to belong to the Christian community and in the extract from today’s second reading (Apocalypse 7:9,14-17) he invites us to contemplate a scene of ecstatic celebration. Like the supporters of a team who have journeyed with them through years of failure and humiliation, they cannot believe that at last their day has come and that they have won their first ever All-Ireland title. Only we are not talking sport here!

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

The writer Noah Harari says that human beings rule the world because of two attributes. The first is that they can organise collectively. That said, they share this with other species such as bees, ants and chimps. The second however, is that they have imagination. ...