Lent Reflections


Lent


REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, CYCLE A REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER, CYCLE A

Acts 2: 42-47;  Psalm 117:2-4,13a,14,22-24, 1 Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31   From Easter to Pentecost we celebrate the presence of the risen Christ in the early Church.  In our Sunday liturgy during this time, the first reading is always from the Acts of the Apostles where we see the Spirit at work, and the second from 1 Peter, as it was thought that this Letter was connected to teaching about Baptism.  Although today scholars are doubtful about this, 1 Peter does call on Christians to recognise their dignity as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people set apart”.     The book of Acts forms a bridge between the gospels and ...
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REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, CYCLE A REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, CYCLE A

Isaiah 58:7-10;  Psalm 111:4-8a,9;  1 Corinthians 2:1-5;  Matthew 5:13-16   Light is a dominant feature in our readings today.  Images of light, of course, span the Bible from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation.  The first words spoken by God in the Bible are “Let there be light” - while the earth was but“a formless void”, with darkness “over the deep”  and God’s spirit “hovered over the water”.   And “God saw that the light was good” (Genesis 1:3).  The Book of Revelation ends with the promise that God will give light to the servants of the Eternal One forever: &l...
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REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, CYCLE A REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, CYCLE A

Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13;  Psalm 145:6b-10;  1 Corinthians 1:26-31;  Matthew 5:1-12   The prophet Zephaniah sets the tone for all our readings today, with his call is to the “poor” or “humble” as opposed to the priests, the royal establishment and the wealthy merchants and traders.  As in the psalms, “humble” signifies the downtrodden and oppressed, those who have no hope of help from anyone but God.  Zephaniah is very radical in his critique of both social injustice and religious apostasy, offering a charter for the “little ones” of all corrupt societies, including those of our own day.    This theme ...
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REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE 26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, CYCLE C REFLECTIONS ON THE READINGS FOR THE 26th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR, CYCLE C

Amos 6:1,4-7;   Psalm 145:6b-10;    1 Timothy 6:11-16;    Luke 16:19-31   Today we hear more from the prophet Amos, as he continues to rail against those of his own day who wallow in their wealth and easy living: “Lying on ivory beds and sprawling on their divans, they dine on lambs from the flock, and stall-fattened veal;  they drink wine by the bowlful, and use the finest oil for anointing themselves.”  Worse, disgracefully so: “About the ruin of Joseph they do not care at all.”  His angry contempt for those who act like this is clear, as he calls on them to heed and imitate God’s own care for...
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Reflection for Pentecost Reflection for Pentecost

 Come – Holy Spirit, come like a mother to tend the wounds of a hurting world. Come like a lover to inspire the unloved. Come like a worker to labour for justice and peace. Come like a child to open our eyes to God’s love. Come like a sister                                    to support us in our need. Come with power and tenderness to rule our hearts.
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