Scripture notes – 11th Sunday of the Year, B – 17th June 2018

As our season moves into the fullness of summer, we see leafy green trees and blossoms around us. Gardeners are busy with planting seeds and caring for the new blossoms and fruit. The same kind of growth in nature forms the comparisons in parables of today’s mass, starting with the first reading. Continue reading Scripture notes – 11th Sunday of the Year, B – 17th June 2018

Scripture notes – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year B – 3rd June 2018

We celebrate with the Body and Blood of Jesus at every mass, and also commemorate the Last Supper just before Good Friday. The liturgy, however, gives us this special feast to look at the history and reflect more deeply on the meaning of the Eucharist. Continue reading Scripture notes – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year B – 3rd June 2018

Scripture notes – Pentecost, Year B – 20th May 2018

The first reading today from Luke’s two volume work of Gospel and Acts marks a shift in his emphasis. Jesus in his life on earth was ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ (Luke 4:1) and had prepared his disciples for their calling. Now filled with the Holy Spirit themselves, they will be ready to continue his ministry. The Gospel promise of baptism in ‘Holy Spirit and fire’ by John the Baptist (Luke 3:16) is now seen to be fulfilled on the church’s first Pentecost. Continue reading Scripture notes – Pentecost, Year B – 20th May 2018

Scripture notes – 7th Sunday of Easter Year B – 13th May 2018

This week’s liturgy is a transition from the Easter celebration of the Resurrection to the sending of the Holy Spirit on the disciples which we celebrate next Sunday. That moment empowers them to take over the work of Christ, and the readings today continue some themes from the previous weeks that show the preparation for the consecration of their ministry. Continue reading Scripture notes – 7th Sunday of Easter Year B – 13th May 2018

Scripture notes – The Ascension of the Lord Year B – 10th May 2018

We have heard in the Sundays of Easter time, how Jesus in his new resurrected body appeared unexpectedly to various disciples, but that time would come to an end. The word used for this was ‘ascending’ to the Father. The idea of ‘going up’ fits the world as it was known before modern astronomy and visualises Heaven as ‘up above’ our usual experience. This ascent of Jesus is mentioned in various ways in the New Testament, but it is only Luke who dramatizes the scene – and he does it twice, at the end of his Gospel and the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles. Continue reading Scripture notes – The Ascension of the Lord Year B – 10th May 2018

Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of Easter Year B – 6th May 2018

Whether or not it still seems like Easter to us, it is for the church. In one sense, every Sunday is a commemoration of the Resurrection for it is central to our Christian faith and hope. Thursday this week celebrates the time when Jesus physically walked no more on earth, but ‘ascended’ to his Father. Continue reading Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of Easter Year B – 6th May 2018