Reflection for the Sunday before Advent (The Kingship of Christ)

Reading: Matthew 25: 31-46 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and … Continue reading Reflection for the Sunday before Advent (The Kingship of Christ)

Reflection for Remembrance Sunday, the third Sunday before Advent

Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, … Continue reading Reflection for Remembrance Sunday, the third Sunday before Advent

Reflection for the fifth Sunday before Advent

Matthew 22: 34-46 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is … Continue reading Reflection for the fifth Sunday before Advent

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 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