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Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (c 1525–1569)

Fifth Sunday of Lent: Is 43:16-21; Phil 3:8-14; Jn 8:1-11 (year c)

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1862) by French painter James Tissot (Photo: PA)

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Jos 5:9-12; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3 & 11-32 (year c)

Landscape with Moses and the Burning Bush by Domenichino (1581-1641)

Third Sunday of Lent: Ex 3:1-8 & 13-15; 1 Cor 10:1-6 & 10-12; Lk 13:1-9 (year c)

‘His face was changed’: The Transfiguration of Christ by Giovanni Bellini

Word this Week

Second Sunday of Lent, Gn 15:5-12 & 17-18; Phil 3:17 – 4:1; Lk 9:28-36 (Year C)

The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew by Duccio di Buoninsegna

Fifth Sunday of the Year: Is 6:1-8; 1 cor 15:1-11; lk 5:1-11 (year c)

St Paul Writing His Epistles, attributed to Valentin de Boulogne (1591-1632)

Pride led to the downfall of Jerusalem

Fourth Sunday of the Year: Jer 1:4-5 & 17-19; 1 cor 12:31–13:13; lk 4: 21-30 (year c)

A detail from James Tissot’s Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue

Third Sunday of the Year: Neh 8:2-6; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4 & 4:14-21 (year c)

The Marriage at Cana (1561) by the Italian painter Tintoretto (1518-1594)

Second Sunday of the Year: Is 62:1-5; 1 cor 12:4-11; jn 2:1-11 (year c)

The Baptism of Christ by Pietro Perugino

The Baptism of the Lord; Is 42:1-4; Acts 10:34-38; Lk 3:15-16 & 21-22 (year c)

The Nativity of Christ by Russian painter Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

Our Christmas can never be based on past memories alone. It must be for us, in our own day, a present work of the Holy Spirit