Father John's Gospel Reflection - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 29th October 2017 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 22:34-40)

You shall love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert him, one of them put a question, “Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?” Jesus said, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”

Father John's Gospel Reflection - Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 23rd October 2017 Twenty- Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 22:15-21)

 

Give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar and to God the things that are God’s.

The Pharisees went away to work out between them how to trap Jesus in what he said.  And they sent their disciples to him, together with the Herodians, to say, ‘Master, we know that you are an honest man and teach the way of God in an honest way, and that you are not afraid of anyone, because a man’s rank means nothing to you.

 

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Father John's Gospel Reflection - Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 18: 15-20)

If your brother or sister listens to you, you will have won that person back.

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves.  If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain any charge.  But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community: and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a pagan or a tax collector.

 

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Father John's Gospel Reflection - Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017 – Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 16:21-27)

 

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself.

Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he was destined to go to Jerusalem and suffer grievously at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, to be put to death and to be raised up on the third day. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. ‘Heaven preserve you, Lord,’ he said. ‘This must not happen to you.’ But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 27 AUGUST 2017 – Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 16:13-20)

 

You are Peter, to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said, ‘who do you say I am?’

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 13 AUGUST, 2017 – Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 14:22-33)

 

Command me to come to you over the water.

Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind.

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Transfiguration of the Lord

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 6 AUGUST, 2017 – Transfiguration of the Lord (Matt 17:1-9)

 

His face was shining like the sun.

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as the light. Suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘it is wonderful for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.’ He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and from the cloud there came a voice which said, ‘This is my Son; the Beloved; he enjoys my favor. Listen to him.’ When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them. ‘Stand up,’ he said, ‘do not be afraid.’ And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but only Jesus.

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Fr John's Gospel Reflection - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 30 JULY 2017 – Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 13:44-47)

 

He sells everything he owns and buys the field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

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Father John's Gospel Reflection - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 16 JULY 2017 – Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 13: 1-9)

 

A sower went out to sow.

Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, but such crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there. The people all stood on the beach, and he told them many things in parables.

 

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Father John's Gospel Reflection - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

GOSPEL – SUNDAY, 25 JUNE 2017 – Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Matt 10:26-33)

 

Do not fear those who can kill the body.

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the house-tops.

 

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