October 15, 2017

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 15 October 2017 “The wedding hall was filled with guests.” Introduction The kingdom of heaven is like a wedding feast to which the Lord invites us, not because we are worthy but because he loves us and wants us to be his guests. Today’s Readings First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 The […]

October 8, 2017

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 8 October 2017 “The kingdom of God will be taken from you.” Introduction The Lord tells a story about a vineyard. It is a story of the world and of power struggles. The Lord invites us to faithfulness. Today’s Readings First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7 God’s people, the Lord’s own vineyard, […]

October 1, 2017

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 October 2017 “Tax collectors and prostitutes are making their way into the kingdom of God before you.” Introduction A rather alarming extract from Matthew’s Gospel is presented to us today to mediate on; namely the fact that tax collectors and prostitutes may be entering heaven before us. Today’s Readings […]

September 24, 2017

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 24 September 2017 “Why be envious because I am generous?” Introduction God is generous in showing mercy to the whole of humanity. Today we give praise and thanks for such immense love revealed to us in Jesus. Today’s Readings First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 We are not to hesitate in turning […]

September 17, 2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 17 September 2017 “Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” Introduction As we gather today to celebrate the mercy and generosity of our God, let us nurture compassion and reconciliation in our own lives. Today’s Readings First Reading: […]

September 10, 2017

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 10 September 2017 “Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be with them.” Introduction Our God is a God of justice and mercy. We seek God’s face and desire God’s presence among us in our parish community and in our homes. Today’s Readings First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 […]

September 3, 2017

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 3 September 2017 “If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him…take up his cross and follow me.” Introduction Our minds need to be renewed by God’s grace; then we can begin to understand the significance of the cross of Christ and of our own cross, too. Today’s […]

August 20, 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 20 August 2017 “Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith.’” Introduction The Church’s mission, like Christ’s, is a mission to the whole world. Today’s Readings First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Foreigners will be brought to God’s house in Jerusalem. Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Paul hopes that his mission […]

August 13, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 13 August 2017 “As soon as he felt the force of the wind.” Introduction Storms are frequent in the course of life and often threaten to overwhelm us. The Lord is with us in the storms and strengthens us to face them. Today’s Readings First Reading: 1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 […]

August 6, 2017

The Transfiguration of the Lord 6 August 2017 “Lord, it is wonderful for us to be here.” Introduction On the way to Jerusalem, the disciples are given a “glimpse of glory.” Reflecting on the transfiguration of Jesus helps us, too, to grasp something of our true destination, which will take us beyond death to the […]