Monthly Archives August 2017

Who Do You Say I am?

21st Week in Ordinary Time In this weekend’s Gospel Peter receives that all important question – “who do you say I am.” Jesus wasn’t concerned about what others had told Peter, he wanted Peter’s own assessment. There are two ways we can know people. The first type, is what we hear about people from others. In other words, we know people by what others have told us about them. This type of knowing has its usefulness, but can also be very dangerous because we shape our opinions of a person on how other people perceive them. The second type of
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Woman you have great faith

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time   In the Old Testament, it was prophesied that when the Messiah comes, right worship, and right ordering of the meeting between God and humanity will once again be re-established.   In ways unexpected, that prophecy was fulfilled in the very person of Christ.  Jesus is the Temple, and the true meeting place of God and humanity.  When He commanded us (‘Do this in memory of me….’) to celebrate the Eucharist He established.  The Eucharistic celebration is the occasion for right worship, and right ordering of the meeting between God and humanity takes place.  To appreciate
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Truly You are the Son of God

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time   Today’s Gospel is again more proof that Jesus was the person he said He was; the Son of God.  In the times of the New Testament, the people understood the seas and lakes as something to be feared. They were a potential for turmoil and havoc that only God could control, as He did in the creation account of Genesis. So here was Jesus doing the things that the people thought only God could do. Hence the confession from Peter – “Truly, you are the Son of God.” Right throughout the week, we have
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His Face Shone like the Sun

Feast of the Transfiguration   The event of the Transfiguration of Jesus is clearly recorded in the New Testament in the Synoptic Gospels (Matt 17:1-8, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36), and in Second Epistle of St Peter (2 Pet 1:16-18).  The Gospel of John is likely to be alluding to it in the famous line about the Incarnation of Christ: “The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that He has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth”.  Presumably, the idea of the glory of God is
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