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SEP 13, 2020 - 24TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

24th. SUNDAY (A) (Forgive 1) 

Two of today's Readings speak of the intimate relationship between human forgiveness & divine forgiveness. 

The 1st. Reading is remarkable because it anticipates the New Testament's relationship between human forgiveness & divine forgiveness. It exhorts us to forgive others so that, when we pray, ... Read More »

SEP 6, 2020 - 23RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

23rd. SUNDAY (A) As part of their defense system, all ancient cities had watchmen perched on the city walls or on the surrounding hills. These watchmen had to sound a warning when they saw undesired strangers approaching. 

In today's 1s. Reading, (Ez. 33:7-9) the prophet Ezekiel is called a ... Read More »

AUG 30, 2020 - 22nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

22nd. Sunday (A) (22a 3) 

In the 1st. Reading, Jeremiah sounds rather depressed. He has the complaint of many preachers -- he feels that nobody is listening to him. Jeremiah did not really want to become a prophet. In the very 1st. Chapter he relates how he told God ... Read More »

AUG 22, 2020 - 21ST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

SUNDAY 21st. (A)    The theme of today's Readings is authority, or, more accurately, roles of responsibility.    1st. Reading (Is. 22:19-23)  In the 1st. Reading the Prophet Isaiah predicts the transfer of authority over the King’s house from Shebna to Eliakim. The keys of the King’s house are to be transferred from one to the other.  Keys are often used to symbolize authority or responsibility.   It ... Read More »

AUG 16, 2020 - 20TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

THE ASSUMPTION  (bvm1)     Catholics, all over the world,  have always honoured the Blessed Virgin  in a very special way.   The Blessed Virgin   has always had a special place of honour in our homes and in our hearts.    As Catholics, we have many reasons for honouring the Blessed Virgin.  We honour her especially because she is the Mother of the Son of God: the Mother of our Redeemer.    ... Read More »

AUG 9, 2020 - 19TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

19th. SUNDAY (A)  (Peter 1)  As you may have noticed, there is very little connection between today's Readings. But, at the same time, each Reading has a message for us.  1st. Reading    The Prophet Elijah had destroyed the images of  Queen Jezebel's pagan gods  and so had to flee from her vengeance. His flight brings him to ... Read More »

AUG 2, 2020 - 18TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

18th. SUNDAY (A)  (Multiplication 3)     There is a beautiful hymn based on today's 1st. Reading. I haven't heard it in this country but it was sung so often in a parish in the Fiji Islands,  that I always associate the hymn with that country: "Come to the waters.  Come to the waters, all ... Read More »

JULY 26, 2020 - 17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

17th. SUNDAY A  (weeds 3)    V. 28 – “We know that all things work for the good for those who love God”.  We should memorize that sentence!  Since God is in control, anything that happens to us is in accord with God’s plan & purpose. (JBC. p. 854).  ... Read More »

JULY 19, 2020 - 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY (A) 

(weeds 3) 

Sometimes, the God of the Old Testament comes across as a punishing & vindictive God. But that is not the type of God that Isaiah speaks about in the 1st, Reading. For Isaiah, God is lenient to all. He judges with clemency & compassion. 

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JULY 12, 2020 - 15TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Posted by Fr John Morrissey

PARABLE OF THE SOWER & THE SEED  (parable of the sower)    2nd. Reading -- Rom. 8:18-23    In today's  2nd. reading, St. Paul is certainly letting his mind ramble. At the time St. Paul was writing his Letter, the Christians at Rome were obviously undergoing persecution. St. Paul tries to ... Read More »