Monthly Archives February 2018

The Kingdom of God is close at hand…

1st Sunday of Lent   The season of Lent has started.  In the 40 days of Lent we, as a Church, as the People of God of the new covenant, unite ourselves to the mystery of Jesus in the desert (c.f. Sunday’s Gospel). St Mark’s account of Jesus’ temptation in the desert is every brief.  One of the aims of the Gospel writers in their record of the temptations of Jesus is to show that Jesus is the new or Second Adam who remained faithful.  Where the first Adam had given in to temptation, Jesus comes out victorious.  Jesus is
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Be cured!

The medical description of Leprosy is:   “Leprosy is a slowly progressing bacterial infection that affects the skin, peripheral nerves in the hands and feet, and mucous membranes of the nose, throat, and eyes. Destruction of the nerve endings lead to a loss of sensation in the affected areas. The loss of feeling, can make the fingers and toes become mutilated and fall off, causing the deformities that are typically associated with the disease.   In the days of old and up to the nineteenth century – before they had any cure for leprosy – lepers were simply banished to remote
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He cured Many…

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time   In this Sunday’s Gospel passage (Mark 1:29-39) Our Lord cured many who were sick and those possessed by devils.  The cure included the mother-in-law of Simon (St Peter).  Fr Graeme often cracked the joke that Jesus cured her because Peter denied him three times….!! In the Gospels we hear of many occasions where Jesus healed the sick.  They are important occasions as they fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah (e.g. see 35:5-6, 53:4-5) that the Messiah, the ‘Anointed One’, the Christ, when He comes, would heal.  These events identified Him as the long awaited Messiah. 
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