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The prayer for the First Sunday of Advent summons the faithful to a spirit of expectation

The First Sunday of the Year, Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rm 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 (Year A)

Christ’s death and Resurrection have taken us out of the power of darkness and has enabled us to inherit the light

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 2 Sm 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43 (Year C)

Our faith is lived in the present, a time when we choose Christ despite opposition

Thirty-third Sunday of the Year, Mal 3:19-20; Ps 98; 2 Thess 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19 (Year C)

God created us not as pure spirits, but as those born into the wonder of our humanity

Thirty-second Sunday of the Year, 2 Macc 7:1-2, 9-14; Ps 17; 2 Thess 2:16 — 3:5; Lk 20:27-38 (Year C)

Jesus showed his love for Zacchaeus before there was any sign of repentance

Zacchaeus in the Sycamore Awaiting the Passage of Jesus by James Tissot

Thirty-first Sunday of the Year, Wis 11:22-12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thes 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-1 (Year C)

When we pray we seek the presence of one who knows us better than we know ourselves

Thirtieth Sunday of the Year, Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 (Year C)

In the life of Jesus there was both prayer and action, and the balance between the two brought them into perfect harmony

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year, Ex 17:8-13; Ps 121; 2 Tim 3:14 – 4:2; Lk 18:1-8 (Year C)

Rather than retreating from everything that is ‘outside’ what makes us comfortable, let us concentrate on the need that makes us one with strangers

Twenty-eighth Sunday of the Year, 2 Kings 5: 14-17; 2 Timothy 2: 8-13; Luke 17: 11-19 (Year C)

It is refreshing to discover that the Apostles, no less than ourselves, were only too aware of faith’s fragility

Twenty-seventh Sunday of the Year, Hb 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Ps 95; 2 Tm 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10 (Year C)

Let us pray that we might see ourselves, and our world, through ‘the mind of Christ Jesus’

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year, Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Lk 16:19-31 (Year C)