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'What, at this moment of my life, does my heart long for?' Sunday Reflections, 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A

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Madonna del Terremoto (Our Lady of the Earthquake) Francesco di Giorgio Martini [Web Gallery of Art]

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Gospel Matthew 24:37-44 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 
‘Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had k…

'In giving us faith, the Lord has given us what is most precious in life.' Sunday Reflections, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Syro-Malabar Catholic Wedding [Wikipedia]

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GospelLuke 13:22-30 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Jesus[ went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, “Lord, open to us”, then in reply he will say to you, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will begin to say, “We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.” But he will say, “I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!” There will be weeping and…

'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…

'No one lives alone. No one sins alone. No one is saved alone.' Sunday Reflections, 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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The Adoration of the Name of Jesus, El Greco [Web Gallery of Art]

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GospelMark 13:24-32 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened,
and the moon will not give its light,
and the stars will be falling from heaven,and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory.Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generat…