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‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Sunday Reflections, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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    Christ and the Wise Virgins German Mediaeval Sculptor [ Web Gallery of Art ] Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel   Matthew 25:1-13 ( English Standard Version Anglicised) Jesus told his disciples this parable: “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.   Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.   For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them,   but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.   As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.   But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’   Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps.   And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’   But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not b

'There is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones . . .' Sunday Reflections, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Landscape with Christ and St Peter Goffried Wals [ Web Gallery of Art ] Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA) Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel   Matthew 16:21-27 ( English Standard Version Anglicised) From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.   And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”   But he turned and said to Peter,  “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Then Jesus told his disciples,  “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.   For whoever would save his life will los

'Our life is changed; his coming our beginning.' Sunday Reflections, 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A

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The Road to Emmaus Fritz von Uhde [ Wikipedia ] The April issue of  Magnificat  features this painting on its cover. You will find Pierre-Marie Dumont's commentary on it  here . Readings   (New American Bible: Philippines, USA)         Readings   (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) Gospel   Luke 24:13-25 ( New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada) Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad.   Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only

A little self-indulgence on my pandemic birthday

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Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by  George Frideric Handel , conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner Handel's  Arrival of the Queen of Sheba  is a favourite of mine, one of the most exuberant pieces of music I know. Here it is conducted by  Sir John Eliot Gardiner  who, as it happens, is a 'twin' of mine. We both turned 77 today, having been born on Tuesday of Holy Week, 20 April 1943, when Easter fell on the latest day possible, 25 April. It had not fallen on that date since 1886, has not since and will occur again in 2038. After that not till 2190. It happens  only once in a century . Handel, who was German, lived in England for many years but has a significant connection with my native city, Dublin, since his  Messiah    was first performed there, on 13 April 1742. There were no fireworks in Dublin on the day I was born. But below is Handel's  Music for the Royal Fireworks , conducted by Sir John. Please remember in your prayers my parents