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The Coming of the Kingdom

 

One way to understand this weekend’s readings is to see them as extracts from a single story that’s being told out of sequence. We hear the Gospel last, but it’s actually the first part of the story. Jesus speaks prophetically to his disciples about how the Kingdom of God is going to emerge after he ascends to the Father.

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A New Kind of Love

 

Today we hear Christ’s final message to his disciples. He gives them (and us) a commandment which he says is new – that we must love one another. We might ask is this really new? Didn’t the Old Testament command us to love our neighbour as ourself?

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Bigger Fish To Fry

 

Our Gospel this week finds a group of the apostles going back to doing what they know best: fishing. Unfortunately they are not having much success, a whole night spent fishing but nothing to show for for it. Then, once again, Jesus enters into their midst, the risen Jesus whom they do not actually recognise at first, coming to help them in their struggles.

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Trust, listen and follow!

 

Today’s liturgy challenges us in three ways. Firstly, it challenges us to trust in God and never to be despaired, no matter how difficult events in our lives can be, because Christ the good shepherd, is always there to lead us to greener pastures, and make our cups overflow with good wine.

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Low Sunday – A time for reflection

 

In times gone by today was known as Low Sunday as it was the quiet time after all the events of Easter. Sometimes it is when it is quiet that we can turn our thoughts to God and ask him to help us in our understanding of our faith and strengthening our belief in him and the events of Easter. It is an ideal time for us to reflect on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ as depicted in his final act.

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