Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A – 27th November 2017

The 34th and last Sunday of the liturgical year celebrates the kingship of Jesus, and the first reading shows us first what kind of King Jesus is. Not a ‘figurehead’ like most modern monarch, nor running a secular government like those in the past, and one not expecting honours. Instead we have the image of a shepherd-king, one dedicated to caring, nurturing, and establishing justice and mercy for the ‘sheep’. Continue reading Scripture notes – Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A – 27th November 2017

Scripture notes – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 20th November 2017

Matthew has piled up warnings about the delay of the Last Times, more than the liturgy has given, and today we hear the last of them. The emphasis on making sure that the days we live are productive. Continue reading Scripture notes – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A – 20th November 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