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Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest

January 31 – Thursday   Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest Gospel: MK 4:21-25   Reflection: In today’s Gospel reading we are told that good news is to be shared. Pope Francis, speaking to people who were concerned about the shortage of priests spoke about people who lived authentically Christian lives as being preachers of […]

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Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 30 – Wednesday Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Gospel: MK 4:1-20   Reflection: The word “parable” comes from two Greek words meaning “to throw” and “alongside”, that is, to talk about one thing in terms of another. A parable will reveal its meaning to those “with ears to hear” but […]

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Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

January 29 – Tuesday Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time   Gospel: MK 3:31-35     Reflection: In this Gospel story we have a revelation of what intimacy means for Jesus. The crowd, according to the norms of the time, thought of family as the chief place where you would experience it but […]

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Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

January 28 – Monday Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church Gospel: MK 3:22-30   Reflection: This reading has mixed reactions to Jesus’ activities in Capernaum – huge crowds gathering round him on the seashore, yet his family believe he is going mad and want to stop him. Here the official […]

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 27 – Sunday Third Sunday in Ordinary Time   Gospel: LK 1:1-4; 4:14-21 Reflection: Jesus’ words today, at the Beginning of his ministry are something like a priest’s sermon at his first Mass – on a theme or themes really important to the priest. He knows he is appointed and chosen by God.   […]

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Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops

January 26 – Saturday Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops   Gospel: MK 3:20-21   Reflection: Why did people think Jesus out of his mind? Because he had abandoned a secure trade as a carpenter for a wandering life; he had run into trouble with the authorities in what seemed like a deliberate way; […]

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

January 25 – Friday Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle   Gospel: MK 16:15-18   Reflection: Today the church celebrates the Conversion of St Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. That dramatic event is recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, chapters 9 and 22, always worth reading. (try to read these chapters […]

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Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

January 24 – Thursday Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church   Gospel: MK 3:7-12   Reflection: This reading is a summary of the many activities that constitute the ministry of Jesus. Preaching, healing, and exorcism are highlighted. The setting is the Lake of Galilee, a familiar scene in the […]

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Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

January 23 – Wednesday Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time   Gospel: MK 3:1-6   Reflection: The man in question had a withered hand but a heart open to faith; the others had good health but closed and hard hearts. Hardness of heart makes Jesus angry – the unwillingness to see and feel […]

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Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children

January 22 – Tuesday Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children   Gospel: MK 2:23-28     Reflection: Sabbath observance was linked with the creation: “And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had […]

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