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A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

“Be salt, as Jesus said, putting flavour into other’s lives,” mused Pete, “or be a light to help others find and praise God?” Once a group of teenagers were at a birthday party. They were a happy group. Just then the light in the room went out, but a birthday cake appeared with eighteen lighted candles. Great cheers and laughter ensued.

A Reflection for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

One evening at supper a young girl sat with her parents as they talked about all sorts of things. Schoolwork and homework were high on the agenda; so were good results and ‘doing well’. Expectations were obviously high; achievement equals ‘good’; doing badly equals ‘failure’; wealth equals ‘success’.

A Reflection for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Celebrate, Study and Share these Dangerous Words! Among the great gifts that the many branches of the Christian family have in common are the Bible and the deep belief that God speaks to the people through its inspired words. Of course, there are many views, arguments and deeply-held disagreements on translation, interpretation and understanding of these very significant ancient texts.

A Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Unlike the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, the Gospel according to John has a rather plain description of John the Baptist. It makes no mention of his eccentric lifestyle or dress (living in the desert, wearing camel hair), or of his strange diet (eating locusts and wild honey).  The text doesn’t even use the title ‘John the Baptist’.  However, one point in the Fourth Gospel is very clear, recording that the Baptist does not want any case of mistaken identity; he asserts that he is definitely not the Christ, nor even a Messiah look-alike.  John is a witness to the light; he is not the light.  He is merely a forerunner in the vanguard party.

A Reflection for The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

This Sunday marks the crossover from Christmastide to Ordinary Time. We do this by recalling something extraordinary that continues to remind us of what Christmas and the incarnation is all about.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 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.