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'In our own lives there will come a time when we must make a choice . . .' Sunday Reflections, 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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Christ in the House of Martha and Mary Joachim Beuckelaer [Web Gallery of Art]
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoplesa feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine,of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined (Isaiah 25:6, First Reading).The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast . . . (Matthew 22:2-3 Gospel).
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)GospelMatthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10 (English Standard Version Anglicised)Again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying,“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invit…

'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]
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GospelMatthew 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 lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.…

'I am with you always . . .' Sunday Reflections, Ascension, Year A

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Ascension Cupola, San Marco, Venice Italian Mosaic Artist [Web Gallery of Art]
Ascension, Year A
The Ascension is celebrated on Ascension Thursday, 21 May, in England & Wales, Scotland. In the USA it is celebrated on Ascension Thursday in the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, Philadelphia. In all of these places Ascension Thursday is a Holyday of Obligation.
The Ascension is observed on Sunday, 24 May, in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Philippines, USA (apart from the jurisdictions mentioned above).
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GospelMatthew 28:16-20 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition, Canada)
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and sai…