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Faithful witness will always involve joy and rejection

A detail from Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue by French painter James Tissot (1836-1902)

The word this week

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jer 1:4-5, 17-19; Ps 71; 1 Cor 12:31—13:13 or 13:4-13; Lk 4:21-30

The first step on the path to renewal

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Neh 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21

The scriptures that provide a sure foundation for the year ahead

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The Baptism of the Lord: Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Acts 10: 34-38; Lk 3:15-16, 21-22

Like the Wise men, we are all called to be seekers after truth

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The Epiphany of the Lord: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

Let us be with Elizabeth and Mary as they rejoice in the wonder of God’s grace

The word this week

The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Mi 5:1-4; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45
The Nativity of the Lord: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

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

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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

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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

The word this week

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