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  Reflection: 30th Sunday of the Year - Which is the greatest commandment of the Law?

Oct 25, 2020
Today as much as in the time of Matthew, leaders in faith are to follow the pattern of Jesus himself who came to serve and not be served. It is not God who needs to be defended by rules but the widows, orphans and strangers – God’s people.
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  Reflection: 29th Sunday of the Year - Caesar’s’ and God's

Oct 18, 2020
On the one hand, we have obligations to participate in civic life across the spectrum of society. On the other hand, we have the tenets of our faith to uphold and to be translated into thought and action in our political and social life.
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  Reflection - The controversy of Mickie Daly

Oct 12, 2020
From New Zealand, Columban Fr Pat O’Shea writes a reflection on the controversy of Mickie Daly. This is a fascinating read that demonstrates the impact Mickie Daly had on his readership.
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  Reflection: 28th Sunday of the Year - All are invited.

Oct 10, 2020
We are a global church with rich and poor, especially poor; but we believe we are welcome into the kingdom because Jesus has made it clear. All are invited.
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  Reflection: 27th Sunday of the Year - The vineyard and its keepers

Oct 03, 2020
There is the question of leadership, Jesus said the vineyard would be taken away from the leaders because they missed their opportunity and therefore many people who trusted them missed their opportunity.
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  Reflection: 26th Sunday of the Year - Actions speak louder than words

Sep 27, 2020
Neither response is right or wrong but two different responses to the father’s request. The heart of the matter is to do the will of the father.
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  Reflection: 25th Sunday of the Year - The back of the line

Sep 19, 2020
The owner stands his ground and asks the question which is key: why are you so full of envy because I am generous? The owner may act as an employer or as a patron as he wishes. The workers receiving their just wage are now dissatisfied with the owner and envious of the latecomers.
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  Reflection: 24th Sunday of the Year - Forgiving is a difficult decision

Sep 13, 2020
An unforgiving heart is one which is closed to the presence of the Holy Spirit. How extraordinary are those who forgive their perpetrators the evil they have done. The presence of God is seen and felt powerfully in those who forgive from the heart.
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  Reflection - Beams of love

Sep 07, 2020
In the Reflection, Beams of love, Columban Sr Abbie O'Sullivan tells of how our love for God is present in everyday life and how our love for God may shape our love for others.
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  Reflection: 23rd Sunday of the Year - Where two or three are gathered

Sep 05, 2020
Perhaps we need to take conflict resolution seriously? We need to learn how to argue and disagree with one another in the Church and come to conclusions that are worthy of the people who make up the community.
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  Reflection: 22nd Sunday of the Year - The future looks grim

Aug 30, 2020
The question ‘who do you say that I am’? has always been asked and always demands a reply. The Body of Christ, the collection of baptised believers acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
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  Reflection: 21st Sunday of the Year - Who do you say I am?

Aug 23, 2020
The question ‘who do you say that I am’? has always been asked and always demands a reply. The Body of Christ, the collection of baptised believers acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
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  Reflection: 20th Sunday of the Year - She will not give in!

Aug 16, 2020
The thrust of the episode seems to be that Jesus was in pagan territory, what was he doing outside his own country, when everyone knew that the Jews despised the gentiles?
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  Reflection - Simple measures

Aug 11, 2020
Our level of fear was reduced by seeing many heart-warming stories from around the world that revealed the basic goodness and creativity of ordinary people. Hopefully, the abiding message that we will continue to carry forward is: “Be kind!”
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  Reflection: 19th Sunday of the Year - Courage! It is I. Do not be afraid

Aug 09, 2020
The heart of the story for us is not about the feat of walking on water (as Peter Sellers did at the end of the movie ‘Being There’), it is in hearing the words from the Lord when we are terrified, ‘Courage! It is I. Do not be afraid’.
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  Reflection: 18th Sunday of the Year - The loaves and fish

Aug 01, 2020
In our strongly scientific world-view, our immediate reaction is that this is an improbable story because you cannot feed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.
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  Reflection: 17th Sunday of the Year - A hidden treasure

Jul 25, 2020
The experience of God is so wonderful and unexpected that the recipient will give up everything, if necessary, to follow the call of God. The graciousness and generosity of God stand out here. A gift freely given - no one deserves it. The gospels tell us that God seeks us out in many places.
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  Reflection: 16th Sunday of the Year - The Word of God is alive and active

Jul 18, 2020
We might ask who were the ‘weeds’ in the early Church? Were the weeds people or ways of thinking that caused trouble?
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  Reflection: 15th Sunday of the Year - Power comes from God

Jul 12, 2020
The gospel is not locked in the past but addresses our lives today. The human condition does not seem to have changed since Jesus walked the earth and his challenge to us is not ancient but as fresh as today’s sunlight.
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  Reflection - A different kind of bucket list

Jul 08, 2020
Well-known Oblate priest, Fr Ron Rolheiser reflects on a different kind of bucket list after being diagnosed with cancer. He says that the prognosis clarified his thoughts and feelings about what is important as never before.
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