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Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 27 – Tuesday Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 21:5-11   Reflection: The Temple was built to honour God and as a place of prayer but there were those who didn't see beyond its surface. When our cathedrals and holy places become tourist sites, they risk becoming, in the eye […]

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Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

November 26 – Monday Monday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 21:1-4   Reflection: Today Jesus invites us to look at our heart, to look at our efforts.   The amount of what we do is not that important for God, for what matters is our generosity and what lies in our […]

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

November 25 – Sunday The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe   Gospel: JN 18:33B-37   Reflection: In these times of fake news and alternatives facts, it is so refreshing to hear Jesus solemnly proclaim that he was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. The basic […]

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Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

November 24  – Saturday Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs Gospel: LK 20:27-40   Reflection: How easy it is for religious people to waste time and energy in spurious debates that neither advance the cause of the Gospel nor shed any light on real-life issues. Yet they can become a distraction from […]

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Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time

November 23 – Friday   Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 19:45-48   Reflection: We can feel the growing tension, as Jesus forcefully challenges the way things were done in the holiest place of Judaism. It is so easy to lose sight of the real value of religious actions and rituals, […]

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

November 22 – Thursday Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr Gospel: LK 19:41-44   Reflection: Jesus wept over his city. He felt deep sorrow at its resistance to God’s word, as he foresaw the disaster it would soon face.   As he poured out his heart to the Father in heaven, Jesus shed tears […]

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Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

November 21 – Wednesday   Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary     Gospel: LK 19:11-28   Reflection: Jesus seeks people he can trust to take risks, sometimes even recklessly. Cowards will never build the Kingdom. During his last encounter with his apostles, he told them to take the Gospel to the […]

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Jesus made Zacchaeus’ day, and everybody else began to grumble

November 20 – Tuesday Tuesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 19:1-10   Reflection: Jesus made Zacchaeus' day, and everybody else began to grumble. What is going on here? What does it say to me? Jesus' hangers-on could be surprising. First a blind man of Jericho, now one of the richest and […]

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Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

November 19 – Monday Monday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time Gospel: LK 18:35-43   Reflection: ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ What a beautiful prayer from a blind man, which we can so easily make own prayer today, and every day. We stand in the presence of Jesus and ask him […]

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The last Sunday before Christ the King

November 18 – Sunday Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   The last Sunday before Christ the King   Gospel: MK 13:24-32   Reflection: As we approach the end of the liturgical year the readings remind us of this aspect of Jesus’ teaching: his insistence on the urgency of our situation and the need to decide […]

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