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'She out of her poverty has put in everything she had.' Sunday Reflections, 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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The Widow's Mite, James Tissot [Wikipedia]

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GospelMark 12:38-44 [or 41-44] (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
[As Jesus taught, he said, ‘Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.’]
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to th…

'Being configured to Christ the eternal High Priest . . .' Sunday Reflections, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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From The Gospel of John (2003)  Directed by Philip Saville. Jesus played by Henry Ian Cusick; narrator, Christopher Plummer. [Today's gospel ends at 2:54]
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GospelJohn 6:51-58 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
Jesus said to the crowd: I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’ The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’  So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those wh…

'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.' Sunday Reflections, Christ the King, Year C

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CrucifixionPedro de Campaña, c.1550 Musée du Louvre, Paris [Web Gallery of Art]
GospelLuke 23:35-43 (NRSV,Catholic Ed) The people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at Jesus, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiahof 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 deridinghim 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 for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come intoyour kingdom.’He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’ Jesus, remember me, when you com…

'The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.' Sunday Reflections, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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The Gospel of John (2003) Dir. by Philip Saville. Jesus played by Henry Ian Cusick; narrator, Christopher Plummer. [Today's gospel from 1:31 to 2:54]

GospelJohn 6:51-58 (NRSV, Catholic Edition, Canada) 
Jesus said to the crowds: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that cam…

'And the Word became flesh and lived among us.'

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The Census at Bethlehem, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1566 Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels [Web Gallery of Art]
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child (Luke 2: 1-5, NRSVACE).
Adoration of the Shepherds, Rembrandt, 1646 National Gallery, London [Web Gallery of Art]
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger (Luke 2:15-16, N…