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Reflections

A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

My first reaction to today’s Gospel was one of shock - something terrible had happened. Judas had gone to betray Jesus, but Jesus simply said: ‘Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified.’

A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Yesterday evening I found my 2005 Diary. There I saw that I had returned to Ireland from South Africa on Wednesday April 13th. There followed visits to consultants and then a long gap until treatment began on Tuesday October 4th – a long gap indeed. Fortunately, I was enrolled on a course run by the Oblates in Crewe, England, entitled “Autumn venture”. I was sure that I was in the autumn of my life and fearful that it might be mid-winter.

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter

As I write this reflection, Pope Francis has just become the successor of Peter. The gospel today is all about the man himself and his role of leadership and pastoral care in the early church. When John’s community looked out on their world they faced many problems. Would the message of Jesus survive in a hostile world? Roman and Jewish? Why was the Risen Lord not returning in glory as the early Christians believed? What would happen now that the apostles - the first generation of leaders - died? Why was the enthusiasm of the early followers waning? Why were factions and divisions emerging? What were the essentials for the followers of Jesus Christ?