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Wednesday Gospel reflection

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

On this day in 1535 there died at Tyburn three Carthusian monks, the first of many martyrs of the English reformation. Of these men and women martyred for the Catholic faith from 1535 to 1680, 42 have been canonised and a further 242 declared blessed, but the number of those who died on the scaffold, perished in prison, or suffered harsh persecution for their faith in the course of a century and a half cannot now be reckoned. One Dominican friar, Robert Nutter, is counted among the martyrs declared blessed.  Read more

Wednesday Gospel Reflection

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Genesis tells us that God began his act of creation with light: “‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good.”   Read more

Wednesday Gospel reflection

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Imagine a situation where you are in the middle of a seven-mile walk, and a traveller begins walking alongside you and another friend on the journey. You have never met this stranger before, but he seems to know more about you than is comfortable. “What are you discussing?” is how Jesus opens the conversation with Cleopas, one of the disciples walking to Emma's Read more

Gospel Reflection: Spy Wednesday: Thirty Pieces of Silver

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

With thirty pieces of silver, Judas betrays our Lord to the Chief Priests. Such a price has become shorthand in the popular imagination for perfidy and treachery, a feeble allusion to Judas’ ultimate betrayal. But, we might ask, why this price? Why not fifty pieces of silver? Or ten? Read more

Gospel Reading of the Day Reflection

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What is it that Jesus preaches that would turn family, friend and neighbour against his followers? Christians are being taken to civil and religious courts all because of following the name of Jesus, who preached truth, love, freedom, peace and justice. As we approach the end of the Church’s liturgical year, the warnings of Jesus in Luke 21 are as relevant today as they were in the earliest days of Christianity.  Read more

Gospel reading of the Day Reflection: Go and Preach

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Gospel Reading of the Day reflection

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

In France, more than 500 towns and villages have 'Saint Martin' as name, and more than 3000 churches, abbeys, or sanctuaries and dedicated to 'Saint Martin'. Let's just say that the saint we celebrate today is quite popular! Why such a enthusiasm for a saint who was born 1700 years ago? Read more

Gospel Reading of the Day Reflection

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Today, we celebrate two of the Twelve Apostles, namely, Simon the Cananaean and Jude Thaddeus.  Read more

Hypocritcal Pharisees and Lawyers

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Unsurprisingly, given the presence of some former lawyers in the Blackfriars community, today’s gospel generally causes a few wry smiles when it is preached and a few glances in the direction of the lawyers. Read more

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