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Sunday’s Gospel – 18th April

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Luke 24:35 Then they told what had
happened on the road, and how he had
been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Luke 24:36 While they were talking
about this, Jesus himself stood among
them and said to them, “Peace be with
you.” 37 They were startled and terrified,
and thought that they were seeing a
ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are
you frightened, and why do doubts arise
in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands
and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch
me and see; for a ghost does not have
flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
40 And when he had said this, he
showed them his hands and his feet. 41
While in their joy they were disbelieving
and still wondering, he said to them,
“Have you anything here to eat?” 42
They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43 and he took it and ate in their presence.
Luke 24:44 Then he said to them,
“These are my words that I spoke to you
while I was still with you—that everything
written about me in the law of
Moses, the prophets, and the psalms
must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened
their minds to understand the scriptures,
46 and he said to them, “Thus it is written,
that the Messiah is to suffer and to
rise from the dead on the third day, 47
and that repentance and forgiveness of
sins is to be proclaimed in his name to
all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48 You are witnesses of these things.
49 And see, I am sending upon you what my
Father promised; so stay here in the city until
you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50 Then he led them out as far as Bethany,
and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51
While he was blessing them, he withdrew from
them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And
they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem
with great joy; 53 and they were continually in
the temple blessing God.
Explore more on this Sunday’s gospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA
Click HERE for YouTube discussion.
Click HERE for Text Notes.
Field of wheat.

Sunday’s Gospel – 11th April

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John 20:19
When it was evening on
that day, the first day of the week, and
the doors of the house where the disciples
had met were locked for fear of the
Jews, Jesus came and stood among them
and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After
he said this, he showed them his hands
and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced
when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to
them again, “Peace be with you. As the
Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22
When he had said this, he breathed on
them and said to them, “Receive the
Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of
any, they are forgiven them; if you retain
the sins of any, they are retained.”
24 But Thomas (who was called the
Twin), one of the twelve, was not with
them when Jesus came. 25 So the other
disciples told him, “We have seen the
Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I
see the mark of the nails in his hands,
and put my finger in the mark of the
nails and my hand in his side, I will not
believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were again
in the house, and Thomas was with
them. Although the doors were shut,
Jesus came and stood among them and
said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he
said to Thomas, “Put your finger here
and see my hands. Reach out your hand
and put it in my side. Do not doubt but
believe.” 28 Thomas answered him,
“My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said
to him, “Have you believed because you
have seen me? Blessed are those who
have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30 Now Jesus did many other signs in
the presence of his disciples, which are
not written in this book. 31 But these
are written so that you may come to
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son
of God, and that through believing you
may have life in his name.
Explore more on this Sunday’s gospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.

Easter Message

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A very Happy Easter to one and all. These are challenging times and very sad for many too. May Easter bring love to our lives, hope to our hearts and freshness to our faith. As a community we thank you all most sincerely for your moral support, your financial contributions and your love throughout the past year and we pray every Easter blessing on you and yours for the days ahead. Tá mac na h-Óige slán! Every blessing.
John Hennebry osa
Prior Provincial.
Palms

Palm Sunday’s Gospel

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Mark 15:21
They compelled a passerby,
who was coming in from the country,
to carry his cross; it was Simon of
Cyrene, the father of Alexander and
Rufus. 22 Then they brought Jesus to
the place called Golgotha (which means
the place of a skull).
23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but
he did not take it. 24 And they crucified
him, and divided his clothes among
them, casting lots to decide what each
should take.
25 It was nine o’clock in the morning
when they crucified him.
26 The inscription of the charge against him read,
“The King of the Jews.” 27 And with
him they crucified two bandits, one on
his right and one on his left. 29 Those
who passed by derided him, shaking
their heads and saying,
“Aha! You who would
destroy the temple and
build it in three days, 30
save yourself, and come
down from the cross!” 31
In the same way the chief
priests, along with the
scribes, were also mocking him among
themselves and saying, “He
saved others; he cannot save himself. 32
Let the Messiah, the King of Israel,
come down from the cross now, so that
we may see and believe.” Those who
were crucified with him also taunted
him.
33 When it was noon, darkness came
over the whole land until three in the
afternoon. 34 At three o’clock Jesus
cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi,
lema sabachthani?” which means, “My
God, my God, why have you forsaken
me?” 35 When some of the bystanders
heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling
for Elijah.” 36 And someone ran, filled
a sponge with sour wine, put it on a
stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying,
“Wait, let us see whether Elijah will
come to take him down.” 37 Then Jesus
gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38
And the curtain of the temple was torn
in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now
when the centurion, who stood facing
him, saw that in this way he breathed his
last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s
Son!”
40 There were also women looking on
from a distance; among them were Mary
Magdalene, and Mary the mother of
James the younger and of Joses, and
Salome. 41 These used to follow him
and provided for him when he was in
Galilee; and there were many other
women who had come up with him to
Jerusalem.
42 When evening had come, and since
it was the day of Preparation, that is, the
day before the sabbath, 43 Joseph of
Arimathea, a respected
member of the council,
who was also himself
waiting expectantly for
the kingdom of God,
went boldly to Pilate and
asked for the body of
Jesus. 44 Then Pilate
wondered if he were already dead;
and summoning the centurion, he asked him
whether he had been dead for some
time. 45 When he learned from the
centurion that he was dead, he granted
the body to Joseph. 46 Then Joseph
bought a linen cloth, and taking down
the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth,
and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn
out of the rock. He then rolled a stone
against the door of the tomb. 47 Mary
Magdalene and Mary the mother of
Joses saw where the body was laid.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
There is a core similarity between the
four accounts of the death of Jesus in
the New Testament. However, they
differ in sequence and in details,
allowing various understandings of the
cross to unfold. Because the death of
Jesus was and is such a deeply
mysterious and indeed perplexing event,
different dimensions are explored and
laid bare by different New Testament
writers. None is more stark than
Mark’s Gospel: all who knew Jesus
have failed him; his only “helper” is a
complete outsider, Simon, the unknown passer-by.
The only acknowledgement comes from the unnamed
Gentile soldier, accidentally present.
PRAYER
O Lord, we tell again of the death of
your Messiah, Jesus the Christ. In his
story, we see the story of your love as
you reach out to us in the darkness of
tragic death and tremendous suffering.
Touch our hearts again with your
compassionate love that we may
be returned to you with all our hearts.
Audio discussion HERE.
Text Notes HERE.
Cross at sunrise.

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – 21st March

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John 12:20 Now among those who went
up to worship at the festival were some
Greeks. 21 They came to Philip, who
was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said
to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23
Jesus answered them, “The hour has
come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of
wheat falls into the earth and dies, it
remains just a single grain; but if it dies,
it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love
their life lose it, and those who hate their
life in this world will keep it for eternal
life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow
me, and where I am, there will my servant be also.
Whoever serves me, the
Father will honour.
27 “Now my soul is troubled. And what
should I say—‘Father, save me from this
hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have
come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify
your name.” Then a voice came from
heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will
glorify it again.” 29 The crowd standing
there heard it and said that it was thunder.
Others said, “An angel has spoken
to him.” 30 Jesus answered, “This voice
has come for your sake, not for mine. 31
Now is the judgment of this world; now
the ruler of this world will be driven out.
32 And I, when I am lifted up from the
earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33
He said this to indicate the kind of death
he was to die.

INITIAL OBSERVATIONS
Even from a cursory reading,
two distinct parts can be observed:
(i) what discipleship involves, vv. 20-26 and (ii) a
teaching connecting discipleship with
the destiny of the Messiah, vv. 27-33.
There is also a hint of both the Transfiguration (“voice from heaven”) and
Gethsemane (“take away this cup”).

Explore more on this Sunday’s gospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.

YouTube discussion HERE.

Text Notes HERE.