Scripture notes – Pentecost – 23rd May 2021

Pentecost is the final great feast of the Easter season. On both the vigil and the feast, many biblical texts reflect on how the Holy Spirit works in our lives and in the church. While good for everyone to reflect on, they can be especially helpful to people who may still not be able to join a Sunday mass. Continue reading Scripture notes – Pentecost – 23rd May 2021

Scripture notes – 7th Sunday of Easter Year B – 12th May 2024

The liturgy is a transition from the Easter celebration of the Resurrection to the sending of the Holy Spirit on the disciples which we will 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 their preparation for that change. Continue reading Scripture notes – 7th Sunday of Easter Year B – 12th May 2024

Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of Easter – Year B – 5th May 2024

It is a current cliché to talk about a person’s ‘legacy’ meaning what they leave in words and actions. If we apply that idea to Jesus, the readings today suggest that LOVE is his legacy – the unending love he ‘poured out’ on us, enabling us to love God in return, and to love each other. As Julian of Norwich wrote, ‘Love is his meaning.’’ Continue reading Scripture notes – 6th Sunday of Easter – Year B – 5th May 2024

Scripture notes – 4th Sunday of Easter – Year B – 21st April 2024

The liturgy this week is not another appearance of the Risen Lord, but words of Jesus said previously during his earthly ministry which give us aspects of what the Resurrection accomplished. ‘The good shepherd’ has been a favourite image for how Christ is involved in our daily lives. Continue reading Scripture notes – 4th Sunday of Easter – Year B – 21st April 2024

Scripture notes – 2nd Sunday of Easter – Year B – 7th April 2024: ‘Divine Mercy’ Sunday

The liturgy continues to celebrate the Resurrection, with various biblical accounts of the appearances of Jesus, unexpected, mysterious, but bringing peace and love. This Sunday is ‘Divine Mercy’ Sunday; and in a year when an unprecedented number in our country are suffering greater financial hardship, the first reading is a powerful declaration of what ‘mercy’ can mean in a community context.
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