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'So was the Word made incarnation / In Mary’s womb, a son.' Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, observed on 8 December, is a holyday of obligation in many countries, eg, Ireland, the Philippines. This year it falls on the Second Sunday of Advent, which takes precedence over it. So the Solemnity is transferred to Monday 9 December. However, the obligation to attend Mass does not carry over.
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GospelLuke 1:26-38 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what…

'Jesus, remember me.' Sunday Reflections, Christ the King, Year C

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Christ in Majesty Italian Mosaic Artist [Web Gallery of Art]
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GospelLuke 23:35-43 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at Jesus, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve fo…

'Now and at the hour of our death.' Sunday Reflections, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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St Francis and Brother Leo Meditating on Death El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelLuke 12:32-48 [or 35-40] (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  ‘Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit;be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fast…

'We will come to them and make our home with them.' Sunday Reflections, 6th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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The Trinity, El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelJohn14:23-29 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. ‘I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, “I am going away, and I am comin…