A Reflection for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew’s gospel is very touching: the Pharisees were plotting to trap Jesus in his speech. How did Jesus feel at that moment? I remember being in an extremely stressful situation in Latin America when a group of persons in our diocese were attempting to question and undermine a long-standing approach to pastoral work based on the training of lay leaders. The efforts of my colleagues and myself to defend the training were, it seemed, in vain.

A Reflection for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The current Holy Father, Pope Francis, will, for many people, be associated with the love of God and the mercy of God. He emphasises such notions constantly, clearly the result of prayerful reflection on the reality of the God we believe in. Where is this God? ‘In the world around us? ‘In the majesty of human beings for whom His Son died.? Is He confined to a place we call Heaven? Where is this place?

A Reflection for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

In reading Spiritan papers, I’ve discovered that both Spiritan founders, Francis Libermann and Claude Poullart des Places, recognised that, even when we strive to do good, our motivation can often be self-interest. They encourage us all to transform this way of thinking.