31Mar 31st March. Tuesday in Holy Week

Contrasting responses to Jesus

Today's gospel portrays very different responses to Jesus on the part of his disciples as he enters into the final days of his earthly life. The disciple Jesus loved is described as "reclining next to Jesus', literally, "close to the heart of Jesus." In the very first chapter of his gospel, the evangelist described Jesus as "close to the heart of the Father"..

30Mar 30th March. Monday in Holy Week

In memory of her

The impulsive, loving gesture done for Jesus by his close friend Mary of Bethany, is so inspirational that it's a wonder the Church has not made more of it in our liturgy. Mary may not yet have seen Jesus in the full light of prophecy, as "a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners who sit in darkness" (1st Reading), or indeed as the world's only Saviour, but she knew and loved him as a man of God, a fearless preacher...

29Mar Presider’s Page for 29 March (Palm Sunday)

Opening Comment (for Mass without Procession or Solemn Entrance)
Today’s liturgy gives a preview of the events we will celebrate between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. These events are also the focus of … Read the rest

29Mar Holiday Weekend or Holy Week?

Brendan Hoban offers a reflection on Holy Week.
"Calvary sets in consoling relief the experience of all who suffer – whether the nightmare of physical pain or the emotional trauma of significant loss or the prospect of imminent death. The human Jesus, struggling to come to terms with the reality of his predicament, echoes every human experience of suffering and of loss and reflects the complexity and confusion of emotions that attend all those caught in the slipstream of pain and loss and death."

29Mar 29th March. Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Today the church invites us to identify with those who saw Jesus with the eyes of faith and love, who recognized the light of God in the darkness of Jesus’ passion and death. When we look upon the passion and death of Jesus with such eyes, we see a divine love that is stronger than sin, a divine light that shines in all our darknesses, a divine power that brings new life out of all our deaths, a divine poverty that enriches us at the deepest level of our being.

28Mar 28th March. Saturday in 5th Week of Lent

Cynical but pragmatic

Pragmatism is a quality that is often admired in political leaders. Today's gospel has an example of a rather deadly form of political pragmatism, when the high priest Caiaphas declares to his colleagues, "it is better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed." Jesus was threatening the status quo, therefore he should be eliminated. ..

27Mar 27th March. Friday in 5th Week of Lent

Prepared to be unpopular

In last Monday's gospel some hard-liners brought a woman into Jesus' presence, claiming that according to the Jewish Law she ought to be stoned. Today's gospel has them fetching stones to throw at Jesus himself. In response Jesus asks a very probing question...

26Mar 26th March. Thursday in 5th Week of Lent

Abraham's Legacy: Think Big

The promises to Abraham reach into the future, possibly even to many centuries beyond our present age. In his vocational encounter with God, the patriarch had foretaste of a time when all the nations of the world will be united as though they were blood-relatives, all linked as the offspring of one selected forefather.

25Mar 25th March. The Annunciation of the Lord

Representing us all

There are some specific details in today's gospel: Galilee, Nazareth, Joseph of the house of David, Mary. It happens a very particular place, Nazareth in Galilee, and to a very particular couple in that place, Joseph who was betrothed to Mary. It was that particular couple in that particular place at a particular moment in time whom God chose in a special way for the sake of all of humanity...

24Mar The failure of the Missal

Sean McDonagh reporting on the recent ACP leadership meeting tells us that the issue of the "New Missal" is still very much alive. "
Hopefully, the Irish Bishops will address this issue and, as a temporary solution, they will allow priests to use the 1998 translation of the Missal as suggested by the Bishop Donald Trautman."

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