A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

There are very few original thinkers; most of us parrot what has been presented to us. Furthermore, in today’s world of social media, what we read and what we listen to, by and large, come from what we like. It is our social media feed

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

Today’s thought on my desktop calendar reads “True independence is found in dependence on the Lord”. With the readings for today, the Third Sunday of Lent, this inspirational thought could not suit better. “If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts”, but instead open your ears and listen to what he has to say to us.

A Reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent

The apostles and Jesus had hiked up the mountain where they suddenly found themselves in God’s storeroom of greatness: Jesus, changed and glorified; Moses, the lawgiver; Elijah the prophet, a bright cloud, a voice and some chatter.

A Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent

Lent is a time of preparation. As such it presents an opportunity to focus once again on our priorities in life. Our day-to-day living presents us with so many options. Some of those, even though good in themselves, might also be considered temptations. Is that what we have in today’s Gospel as Jesus prepares for his ministry? Like every other human being Jesus has choices. Are his temptations and ours connected?

A Reflection for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be Holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. In the rural Ireland of the 1950s and ‘60s where I grew up, to tell someone "you are holy", would be vigorously rejected; rather, the person would acknowledge, quite readily, being a sinner. Monthly confession and the parish mission left us in no doubt about the state that we were in. I cannot recall having ever heard a preacher tell a congregation that they were holy!

A Reflection for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Among the many themes for today are forgiveness and reconciliation: “First go and be reconciled with your brother…” PRAYER found in Auschwitz: