Reflection : November 4 2018 (B) 31st Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day

November 4  2018 (B) 31st Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day Religion and Spirituality For some time past one will have observed that in public discourse, in the media and elsewhere, spirituality is contrasted with religion, to the detriment of the latter, as if it were acceptable … [Read more…]

Reflection: 28 October 2018 30th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: Looking forward with Christian vision

Reflection: 28 October  2018 30th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: Looking forward with Christian vision Personal and community vision sustains in times of distress and give direction in distress and in prosperity. We have good examples of what this means in this Sunday’s readings. Israel, God’s … [Read more…]

Reflection 21 October 2018 29th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: The Servant Church

Reflection 21 October 2018 29th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: The Servant Church The Church is often criticized today for being far removed from the teaching and model set by Jesus and put before us in Mark’s Gospel – and rightly so. In the first instance … [Read more…]

Reflection October 14 2018 28th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: The pearl of great price — The one thing necessary.

October 14 2018 28th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: The pearl of great price — The one thing necessary. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts”. God’s voice, God’s word, is alive and active. The word that goes forth from his mouth … [Read more…]

Reflection: 7 October (B) 2018 27th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day

Reflection 7 October (B) 2018 27th Sunday of the Year (B) The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day Teaching of an understanding Redeemer on Divorce With regard to some of the sayings of Christ in the Gospels, or to teaching ascribed to Christ, some scholars question whether the saying or doctrine in question … [Read more…]

Reflection Sunday September 30 2018 26th Sunday of the Year (B): The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: Prudent Ecumenism

The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: Prudent Ecumenism The first part of today’s Gospel reading (on the exorcist) is often, and rightly, used as an argument in favour of ecumenism. It is not easy to see  in what particular circumstances the early Church, or the community to which Mark belonged, used it. … [Read more…]

Reflection Sunday Sept 23 2018: The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: The Servant Church

The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: The Servant Church The Gospel narratives are very emphatic that discipleship, the following of Jesus, implies partaking in his passion and resurrection. That holds for all followers, not just for Church leadership. On his way to his death Jesus also made clear to his Twelve apostles … [Read more…]

Reflection: The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: When the Church is weak, then she is strong. September 16 2018 (B) 24th Sunday of the Year (B)

Reflection: The Bible in Dialogue with Questions of the Day: When the Church is weak, then she is strong.  September 16 2018 (B) 24th  Sunday of the Year (B) In our own day the Church, particularly in Europe and the English-speaking world, is undergoing a crisis, especially because of faulty Church administration, paedophile and sex … [Read more…]