Monthly Archives October 2017

Love of God and Love of Neighbour

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time   In this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 22:34-40), Jesus quotes from the Book of Deuteronomy (6:4-5); ‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might’.  Next He quotes from the Book of Leviticus (19:18); ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’  Unlike any other who has gone before Him, Jesus places the twofold commandment side by side, and insists that true love of God must be enfleshed in the love of our neighbour.  He went on to say that all the Scriptures ‘hang on’ these
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The Two Kingdoms

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time   The Pharisees and Herodians were effective at designing trick questions, the ones that to whichever answer Jesus gave, would be wrong. Jesus finds himself in this situation in our Gospel again today. If he answered that it was unlawful to pay taxes to Caesar, then he would have been in a great deal of trouble with the Romans. Yet if he answered that taxes should be paid to Caesar it would contradict the idea that God was sovereign over all things. But Jesus gives a brilliant answer by making a distinction between two different
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Many are invited, few are chosen

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time This Sunday’s Gospel Passage (Matt 22:1-10) presents us with another parable.  In the parable a King invites people to the wedding feast of his son.  When the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.  The king, rather harshly, asks his attendants to “bind the man’s hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”  Jesus goes on to say:  “Many are invited, but few are chosen”.  The man represents the sinner who wants to
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Be persistent with Prayer

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A   “O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!” – These were the words of a 19th century Presbyterian pastor, reminding us of what we are missing out on when we do not pray. Continually we are faced with difficulties, worries and concerns. Continually we hold onto them and try to process them ourselves and without the help of God. But as our second reading reminds us, the peace of God will always come to us when we
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