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Topic: The word this week

Without repentance during Advent the Christmas we prepare for is mere tinsel

The Second Sunday of Advent: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Rm 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 (Year A)

Prayer is not a purely human activity, but a communion with the will of God

Twenty-third Sunday of the Year: Wis 9:13-18B; Ps 90; Philem 9-10, 12-17; Lk 14:25-33 (Year C)

Ascension marks the start of a new, more glorious phase of Christ’s presence with the Church

The Ascension of the Lord: Acts 1: 1-11; Ephesians 1: 17-23; Luke 24: 46-53 (Year C)

During Lent we go beyond regret for the past

Fourth Sunday of Lent: Jos 5:9A, 10-12; Ps 34; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3, 11-32 (Year C)

As soon as we take a relationship for granted the capacity for love begins to die within us

The Third Sunday of Lent: Ex 3:1-8A, 13-15; Ps 103; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9 (Year C)

The first step of Lent is one which all resolutions should be based on

Second Sunday of Lent: Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27; Phil 3:17 – 4:1 or 3:20 – 4:1; Lk 9:28-36 (Year C)

Let us not underestimate the struggle of Lent

First Sunday of Lent: Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91; Rm 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13 (Year C)

Humility enables God to transform our lives

Fifth Sunday of the Year: Is 6:1-8; 1 Cor 15:3-8 & 11; Lk 5:1-11 (Year C)

Faithful witness will always involve joy and rejection

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 scriptures that provide a sure foundation for the year ahead

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