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Spiritual Life

The Word This Week

Lasting joy, a joy that feeds heart and spirit, cannot be purchased on the high street

The word this week

Third Sunday of Advent: Zep 3:14-18; Is 12:2-6; Phil 4:4-7; Lk 3:10-18

The only time that truly matters in the days ahead is that given up to prayer

The word this week

The Second Sunday of Advent: Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Lk 3:1-6

During Advent abandon the false securities that rob us of Christ’s presence

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First Sunday of Advent: Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

To confess Christ as King is more than a declaration of loyalty

Duccio di Buoninsegna portrays Christ before Pilate in a painting completed in 1311

The word this week

Solemnity of Christ the King: Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

The manner in which we live will determine the nature of our final encounter with God

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Thirty-third Sunday of the Year: Dn 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mk 13:24-32

As the living members of Christ’s body we are called to a generosity of spirit that is beyond our imagining

The word this week

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: 1 Kgs 17:10-16; Ps 146; Heb 9:24-28; Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

Faith, however frail, enables the Father to create our hearts anew

The word this week

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time: Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 12: 28-34

Jeremiah’s expression of hope in adversity is a wonderful summons to the Year of Faith

The word this week

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52

We speak so easily of humble service yet continue to trip over our pride

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 53:10-11; Ps 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Faith is the surrender of all that we are to Christ

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler by Heinrich Hofmann (1824-1911). ‘We instinctively sense the young man’s distress’

The word this week

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Wis 7:7-11; Ps 90; Heb 4:12-13; Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27