Sunday Reflection

  • Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time: God and Caesar

    Oct 20, 2017

    They tried to trap Jesus. “Is it lawful to pay tax to the Romans or not?” If he said “yes,” they could have declared him a traitor and a Roman sympathiser. He would be a Jew telling people to support their oppressors.

  • Twenty-eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time: ....In Him who strengthens us

    Oct 13, 2017

    Alone, I am not that good. Neither are you. But we are not alone. We have Jesus Christ. He gives us the Power of His Spirit to conquer what might seem insurmountable. The Power of the Cross is given to us to wage war on any evil that attacks us.

  • Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time: Wicked Labourers, St Francis and Us

    Oct 06, 2017

    To understand this Sunday’s parable, we need to consider the situation back in the time of Our Lord. Very often, farms and vineyards were owned by foreigners or by wealthy Israelites who lived a great distance away, usually in foreign countries.

  • Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Do It!

    Sep 27, 2017

    To whom does Jesus address this sharp little parable of the two sons? In the preceding episode, Matthew states that they are the chief priests and the elders.

  • Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time: Graced moments

    Sep 21, 2017

    The Gospel for today, the parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard tells us that God is far more gracious than men.

  • Twenty-fourth Sunday: Freedom from Anger

    Sep 15, 2017

    I have three images for you this week: one is a comic on the funny pages, one is a big expensive yacht, and the third is the cross.

  • Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time: Confronting in Church

    Sep 10, 2017

    In the centre of Matthew 18 sits a procedure similar to the protocol mandated in almost any secular policy manual. For example, the student handbook at the school where I teach says that if you want to challenge a grade you should first take your case to the instructor.

  • 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time: By hope we are saved

    Aug 30, 2017

    This aspect of the world was not all that different back in the days of St Augustine, whose feast we celebrated August 28. I want to spend some time today considering Augustine’s life and his Confessions. His life and his most famous work flow from today’s readings and relate to us. Like us, Augustine was surrounded by a society of so-called intellectuals that told him immorality was normal and acceptable.

  • Twenty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time: Rock, Chief Rabbi, Majordomo

    Aug 27, 2017

    Peter was not a personal name in first-century Palestine. Petros, the masculine form of the Greek word petra (“rock”—reflected in our English words “petrify” and “petroleum,” oil from rock rather than olives), translates the Aramaic kepha (“rock”). Kepha, or Peter, is a special name that Jesus gives Simon bar Jonah to signify his appointed mission.

  • Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time: That woman is Ourselves

    Aug 20, 2017

    We, rightly, marvel at the faith of the woman and we wonder at the abrupt words of Jesus. But when we ask the question of why Matthew, and Mark before him, saw fit to include this account in their Gospels, it becomes evident that they, especially Matthew, had other concerns than ours.