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The Word This Week

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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