Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 30, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I hope that you had a good celebration of Christmas however you spent it and I wish you well for 2016. As this new year unfolds, may the grace of God who came to save us, enable us together to face the tasks that lie before us.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Jan 23, 2016
News has spread about Jesus and his teaching throughout Galilee, he has travelled from synagogue to synagogue teaching but now he takes that bold step of returning to his home synagogue. Although it was his custom, we are told, to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath, I think it is implied that this is the first time he is to teach there.
Posted in Christmas on Jan 09, 2016
The feast of the baptism of the Lord marks the end of the liturgical season of Christmas. In many ways, though, it’s a rather strange way to end the Christmas season; indeed, it’s a rather strange feast full stop! And I say this because if we identify the key things which occur when one of us is baptised and ask whether they also occurred in Jesus’s baptism then we discover that they didn’t and that they couldn’t have.
Posted in Christmas on Jan 02, 2016
In St Matthew’s account of the infancy of Christ, the roughly two- year stay of the Holy Family at Bethlehem included an astronomically-inspired encounter with wandering astrologers from the pagan cultures to Palestine’s east.
Posted in Advent on Dec 19, 2015
In the gospel today we read the story of the Visitation. Here at the beginning of his gospel, Luke has told us of two women, Mary and Elizabeth. Both are about to become mothers unexpectedly. The angel Gabriel has appeared, first to Elizabeth’s elderly husband Zechariah, and five lunar months later to Mary, an unmarried young woman.
Posted in Advent on Dec 12, 2015
In today’s first reading, from the Prophet Zephaniah, it is prophesised that God Himself will be doing the entertaining. God will dance for His people and there will be shouts of joy on a day of festival. This is no forced, artificial entertainment, but rather the crowning joy which the people will experience when God frees them from their enemies and He dwells among them.
Posted in Advent on Dec 05, 2015
In the Bible the landscape has particular significance as part of God’s creation it is seen as giving glory to God the Creator. The hills are called upon to ‘sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord’ (Ps 97 : 8), and, together with ‘fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy winds obeying his command’ to praise the name of the Lord (Ps 148: 9).
Posted in Advent on Nov 28, 2015
“May the Lord be generous in increasing your love.” That is a joyful prayer from our second reading and seems a fitting start for the Church's new year beginning this Advent Sunday. “May the Lord make you increase in love and abound in love” is another way of putting it. The reading continues: “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus strengthen your hearts in holiness.”
Posted in Uncategorized on Nov 21, 2015
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is important that I write to you again about several matters. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Coming as the last Sunday of the liturgical year it is a clear reminder of what we are about and the priorities that we must always have as Catholics.
Posted in Ordinary Time on Nov 14, 2015
‘People say, “Everything happens for a reason”, but that’s precisely because it doesn’t look that way. If the reasons behind the things that happen in our lives were clear, we wouldn’t spend any time at all trying to persuade ourselves that things happened for a reason. But it isn’t so obvious.