Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland

14th Sunday

July 8, 2012 by  
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Following this year the short gospel of Mark we hear today one of its most famous phrases:  Jesus says that no prophet is welcomed among their own.  In the Old Testament it is the prophets who speak up on behalf of God.  Following after John the Baptist Jesus puts himself in the line of the apostles.   And is treated in the same way.

13th Sunday

July 1, 2012 by  
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Surprisingly the short gospel we are reading this year (Mark) finds room today for a long story about a woman with menstrual problems and adds to it the story of a little girl whom everyone had given up for dead.  And the first reading from the Old Testament book of Wisdom tells us that God didn’t bring death into the world.

12th Sunday

June 24, 2012 by  
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Today, 24 June, is observed the Feast of St John the Baptist, because the Gospel tells us he was born 6 months before Jesus.  His feast is celebrated at the summer solstice after which the days decrease just as John said he must decrease in order that the Christ my increase.  Jesus is born at the darkest time to bring light to the world.

11th SUNDAY 2012

June 17, 2012 by  
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Today we return to the Gospel we started at the beginning of the year = Mark, the earliest and the shortest of the four gospels.  We take it up again in chapter 4 with the parable of the sower.  For the rest of the year most of the readings at Sunday Mass will be based on Mark.

CORPUS CHRISTI

June 10, 2012 by  
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After Trinity last Sunday we have another feast before “Ordinary” time resumes = Corpus Christi, translated in the new missal as the Feast of the Most Precious Body and Blood of Christ.  An opportunity to reflect on how we take part in the Mass that we come to on a Sunday.

TRINITY SUNDAY

June 4, 2012 by  
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After the great celebration of Lent – Easter – Pentecost we return to “ordinary” time beginning in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit as all Christian prayer should begin.

PENTECOST

May 29, 2012 by  
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TODAY we conclude the great Christian observance which began on Ash Wednesday and continued for the 40 days of Lent till the celebration of Easter and the 50 days since of reflection on the meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus, praying since the Feast of the Ascension for the gift of the Spirit upon the church.

EASTER 7

May 20, 2012 by  
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Sunday between Ascension and Pentecost is observed as Communications Sunday.  Jesus no longer communicates face to face with his followers.  It is now the Spirit that keeps us in communion.

EASTER 6

May 13, 2012 by  
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Today we hear the best known words in the whole of the Bible: greater love than this no one has than to lay down their life for their friends.

EASTER 5

May 6, 2012 by  
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The ACTS OF THE APOSTLES is read during Easter because it describes how the church started.  The most momentous event was the conversion of Paul.  Today we hear how difficult it was for the first Christians to believe that the man who had persecuted them now wanted to join them.  The GOSPEL has a difficult image today of Jesus as the True Vine.  In this country we don’t know much about how vines grow but we know they need to be well rooted.  We should be rooted in Jesus.

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