Reflection for the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

A Harvest Reflection This Sunday, 11 October, and the following one were to be our celebrations of Harvest Thanksgiving in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trim and St James’ Church, Athboy. They would have been different from previous celebrations due to the COVID-19 restrictions. We could not have filled the churches, because social distancing means a reduced capacity, so we could not have involved the school children … Continue reading Reflection for the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection for the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Matthew 21: 23-32 When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by … Continue reading Reflection for the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Matthew 20: 1-16 ‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go … Continue reading Reflection for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

St Patrick's Cathedral, Trim

Reflection for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Matthew 18: 15-20 ‘If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or … Continue reading Reflection for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

St Patrick's Cathedral, Trim

Reflection for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Romans 12: 9-21 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those … Continue reading Reflection for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection for the eleventh Sunday after Trinity

“Upon this rock, I will build my church.” Reading: Matthew 16: 13-20 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say … Continue reading Reflection for the eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Reflection for the tenth Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Matthew 15: 21-28 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.’ But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she … Continue reading Reflection for the tenth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection for the eighth Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Matthew 14: 13-21 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and … Continue reading Reflection for the eighth Sunday after Trinity

Reflection for the seventh Sunday after Trinity

Reading: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 Jesus put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’ … Continue reading Reflection for the seventh Sunday after Trinity