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'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.
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GospelLuke 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 stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken…

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 John and Mary (née Collins) without whose love I w…