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An Urgent Call

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The four Gospels each tell us different things about how Jesus called his first Apostles. In both Mark and today’s passage from Matthew, Jesus simply turns up at the seashore and rather abruptly calls Peter, Andrew, James and John away from their fishing boats. And they immediately drop everything and follow him. In Luke, Jesus […]

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Our baptismal calling!

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The baptism of Jesus was not only the day when he had a special experience of God’s favour; it was also the day when he publicly took on the role of God’s servant.  Jesus’ baptism was both of grace and commission. As Peter announced to Cornelius in today’s second reading, after his baptism, Jesus went […]

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Here today, gone tomorrow

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Finally.  After traversing the barren deserts of the windowsill and crossing the high plains of the mantlepiece they have arrived. In thousands and thousands of homes across the land the three wise men have joined the Holy Family, the shepherds and the animals in the crib in the corner of the living room. No sooner […]

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God is with us and He saves 

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In this weekend’s First Reading, Isaiah delivers the famous prophecy: “The young maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name that means ‘God-is-with-us’.” Then our Gospel Reading tells us that Mary fulfilled these words when she gave birth to Jesus. This nicely sets the […]