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Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019

EASTER SUNDAY (C)Easter Sunday, 21st April 2019Acts 10:34,37-43; PS. 118(117):1-2,16-17,22-23; Col. 3-1-4 or 1 Cor. 5:6-8; Jn. 20:1-9 or Lk. 24:1-12 (Psalter proper) The core of Peter’s speech in the first reading is a message about Christ — God gave the good news through Jesus Christ; Jesus is the Lord of all; Jesus died, rose…

Holy Saturday, 20th April 2019

HOLY SATURDAYHoly Saturday, 20th April 2019Gen. 1:1-2:2; Gen. 22:1-18; Ex. 14:15-15:1; Ps. 118(117):1-2,16,17,22-23; Lk. 24:1-12 (Psalter proper) Yesterday on Good Friday Jesus ended His earthly life in slow agony on the cross. Today on Holy Saturday, especially during the night, in the words of St Augustine we celebrate the “Mother of all vigils”. For tonight…

Good Friday, 19th April 2019

GOOD FRIDAYGood Friday, 19th April 2019Is. 52:13-53:12; Ps. 31(30):2,6,12-13,15-16,17,25; Heb. 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn. 18:1-19:42 (Psalter proper) God’s salvation project began with his Son taking the flesh of a human being born into a Jewish family, a family belonging to those called in the Old Testament “the Poor of Yahweh” — unconditionally faithful to God in…

Holy Thursday, 18th April 2019

HOLY THURSDAYHoly Thursday, 18th April 2019Ex. 12:1-8,11-14; Ps. 116(115):12-13,15-16,17-18; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Jn. 13:1-15 (Ps Wk II) The Passover was always a time to celebrate liberation and freedom. After the first Passover, they were led by Moses out of Egypt. The Israelites were commanded to sacrifice a lamb — but only the best. They were…

Wednesday of Holy Week, 17th April 2019

Wednesday of Holy WeekWednesday of Holy Week, 17th April 2019Is. 50:4-9; Ps. 69(68):8-10,21-22,31,33-34; Mt. 26:14-25 (Ps Wk II) Today we hear Isaiah describe a man who is attacked unjustly. This suffering servant does not defend himself. Yet, his silence is not a weakness. Rather, he chooses to depend totally on God. He trusts that God,…

Tuesday of Holy Week, 16th April 2019

Tuesday of Holy WeekTuesday of Holy Week, 16th April 2019Is. 49:1-6; Ps. 71(70):1-2,3-4,5-6,15,17; Jn. 13:21-33,36-38 (Ps Wk II) Today we are with Jesus, in his last moments with his disciples, the men he had carefully chosen as his friends, to journey with him, learn from him. He is troubled! This is His last meal before…

Monday of Holy Week, 15th April 2019

Monday of Holy WeekMonday of Holy Week, 15th April 2019Is. 42:1-7; Ps. 27(26):1,2,3,13-14; Jn. 12:1-11 (Ps Wk II) God promised great things to the people of Israel who were in exile. His servant would establish justice, as well as a covenant with the people. They were to become the light to the nations. Many centuries…

Palm Sunday, 14th April 2019

PALM SUNDAY (C)Palm Sunday, 14th April 2019Is. 50:4-7; Ps. 22(21):8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Phil. 2:6-11; Lk. 22:14-23:56 (Ps Wk II) Why did Jesus not resist? He certainly had the power to escape his suffering, and in the Garden of Gethsemane scene it was clear that he did not want to die. But he wanted to follow the will…

Saturday, 13th April 2019

5th Week of LentSaturday, 13th April 2019Ez. 37:21-28; (R. Ps.) Jer. 31:10,11-12,13; Jn. 11:45-56 (Ps Wk I) The key idea that flows like a golden thread in today's readings and psalm is that “God is re-gathering His scattered people”. In the first reading, the prophet Ezekiel speaks about the reunion of North Israel and Judah.…

Friday, 12th April 2019

5th Week of LentFriday, 12th April 2019Jer. 20:10-13; Ps.18(17):2-4,5-6,7; Jn. 10:31-42 (Ps Wk I) Today we hear painful words from the prophet Jeremiah. When he speaks the message that the Lord wants him to deliver, the people disrespect, denounce and scheme against him. The people do not believe Jeremiah, that Babylon will attack Judah and…