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‘Imagine a sower going out to sow …’

The readings this week are linked by images of nature, water, rain, growing crops and harvest. In the First Reading, the prophet Isaiah compares the word of God to the rain falling on the world, which ensures a good crop and thus feeds the people. Continuing this...

Come to me, and I will give you rest

There is a very welcome thread of joy and encouragement woven throughout the readings for this Sunday. The First Reading is a foretelling of the joyous Kingdom over which Jesus will reign, and a prophecy of his triumphant entrance into Jerusalem before his death and...

A few words from Fr Joe as we prepare to come back to Mass

The liturgy of the Church is full of ways to express thanks, gratitude, joy, blessings and appreciation to God for all the gifts that we receive in this life, one word is sometimes used to capture all of this exuberance, that word is Alleluia! At Eastertime, we say it...

Follow in my footsteps …

In this week’s readings we hear about the choices that have to be made in living a life in Christ, as well as of God’s generosity to anyone who welcomes a prophet or disciple. This is illustrated in the First Reading, where God rewards the repeated kindnesses of a...

Jesus instructed the Twelve: ‘Do not be afraid’

Today’s readings are very apt for our current times, where many of us are experiencing vulnerability, tension, and unpredictability. Yet as followers of Christ, we are being called to trust in God our Father, who knows us intimately and understands our needs. In...

A few words from Fr Joe

The reopening of the churches for Mass on June 29th is in a sense a new beginning for the faithful, for priests and all who belong in the family of faith. Pope Francis was reflecting during the week on the possibility that some things will change now, that a new...

Great faith: Women in the Gospel (Mike Drennan SJ) (6 – 11 July)

“Great is your faith!” Jesus commended the faith of the woman from Canaan (Matthew 15:28), one of the many times that he engaged with women, applauding and encouraging their particular faith and insight. In this retreat, Mike Drennan SJ will look at the patterns of...

Reflection on the Current Pandemic by Susanne O’Reilly

I have been privileged to work in healthcare, as a doctor in St James’ Hospital, during Covid-19. This has led to many new challenges on a daily basis, which have been covered to the point of exhaustion by the media, and I’m sure we are all sick of hearing about that,...

‘Peace be with you!’

‘Peace be with you!’

Pentecost, seen as the birthday of the Christian Church, is the culmination of Eastertide. It is the day when we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church’s mission to the world – a mission to bring people to God. We hear of this in the Gospel,...