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A Reflection for the thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The end is in sight. The journey’s hardest part is often its last. Yes, there is anticipation of conclusion. But also, anxiety. Tired, and running almost on empty I fear not making it across the finishing line

A Reflection for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is no resurrection, came forward. Traditionally for us in the Church, November is the month of the Holy Souls and there are many spiritual practices and devotions attached to this time. I recall that, as a young boy, I found some of these devotions to be terrifying.

A Reflection for the Thirty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

In my work as a hospice chaplain I meet many people who are so grateful for the loving kindness and compassionate care received.  Hospice care is holistic and available to all residents. However, as the Christian values and ethos of the religious sisters...

A Reflection for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We have all learnt to pray in some form or other, realising the importance of prayer in our lives. Personally, I learnt to pray in my family, then in the local primary school and, later, when I was in the major seminary.

A Reflection for the twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Try and try again! The story of the widow and the unjust judge is told by Jesus to encourage the apostles to pray continually and not to give up. The widow symbolizes the weak and helpless such as orphans and children. There is no one to defend them. This widow seems to have no family members to help her get justice...

A Reflection for the twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Use of the phrase Thank God was – and still is – so common among our people! Today’s Gospel presents a God who expects GRATITUDE from us, a God who feels disappointment when we are ungrateful.    In the First Reading, Naaman, an Ethiopian leper, returned to thank Elisha, when he was cured in the Jordan river. In the Gospel today other lepers,...