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'They had died hand-in-hand praying for and forgiving one another.' Sunday Reflections, 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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St Peter in Penitence El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]

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Gospel Matthew 18:21-35 (English Standard Version Anglicised)
Then Peter came up and said to Jesus, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.
“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave …

'Christ sits at the helm and rules.' Sunday Reflections, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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St Peter Walking on the Water Alessandro Allori [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelMatthew 14:22-33 (English Standard Version Anglicised )
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them.And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear.But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me t…

'I give them eternal life, and they will never perish.' Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year C

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The Good Shepherd Early Italian Christian Sculptor [Web Gallery of Art]
WGA note on this sculptureThe allegorical figure of the Good Shepherd was originally based on the pagan representation of a man bringing his offering to the altar but, by the 3rd century, had also come to represent the 'ram bearer' with its connotations of philanthropy and loving care. The latter image accorded well with the Christians’ understanding of a divine Shepherd who would lay down his life for his flock. In a period of persecution, such images had the advantage of directly addressing the adherents of the Christian faith while not drawing attention to them, since the images were already popular with non-Christians[emphasis added].

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Gospel John10:27-30 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus sai…