Scripture notes – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 22nd October 2017

What is the right relationship between those who believe in God with the secular state in which they live? This question will be posed in the readings, but also is still a challenge in the world of today. Continue reading Scripture notes – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 22nd October 2017

Scripture notes – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 15th October 2017

After recent images of vineyards and those who work in them, the liturgy moves to parables of lavish banquets. In the Gospel, Jesus is still talking to the Pharisees and debating with them about what his authority is. In the second reading Paul – far from a feast – is in prison, but expressing his contentment. Continue reading Scripture notes – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 15th October 2017

Scripture notes – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 8th October 2017

Today one of the three parables in Matthew which are set in a vineyard and aimed at those who rejected Jesus. The first reading gives the Old Testament background for today’s gospel. The Psalm response also picks up the vineyard image, and only St Paul has something different. Continue reading Scripture notes – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 8th October 2017

Scripture notes – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 17th September 2017

Forgiveness is the main theme for this week. In the Lord’s Prayer at every mass, we say ‘forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us’, and this familiarity may mask the challenge this can be. Our readings give us opportunity to reflect on how seriously Jesus takes this obligation. Continue reading Scripture notes – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 17th September 2017

Scripture notes – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 27th August 2017

The Gospel has reached a turning point, for Jesus has finished his Galilean ministry. He now asks his disciples what they have learned about who he is. Jesus as the Christ, the ‘Messiah’, is something we so take for granted, it may take a little effort to understand the faith it required of the twelve assorted Galilean men. The other readings offer some subtle light on Matthew. Continue reading Scripture notes – 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 27th August 2017