SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Bishop David McGough

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April 18, 2020
This week's readings
April 09, 2020
Solemnity of the Resurrection “Dear brothers and sisters, on this most sacred night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, the Church calls upon her sons and daughters, scattered throughout the world, to come together to watch and pray, to listen to his Word and celebrate the Easter Mysteries.” The words
April 02, 2020
Palm Sunday Is 50:4-7; Phil 26:6-11; Mt 26:14-27:66 (Year A) “And when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil. ‘Who is this?’ people asked, and the crowds answered, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’” The Evangelist described the Jerusalem that Jesus entered for the last time as a city in
March 26, 2020
The Fifth Sunday of Lent Ez 37:12-14; Rm 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 (Year A) “The Lord says this: I am going to open your graves.  I mean to raise you from your graves and lead you back to the soil of Israel. I shall put my spirit in you, and you will live, and will know
March 19, 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Lent 1 Sm 16:1B, 6-7, 10-13A; Eph 5:8-14; Jn 9:1-41 (Year A) “You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; be like children of the light. Wake up from your sleep, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Paul’s description of the Christian life
March 12, 2020
Third Sunday of Lent Ex 17:3-7; Rom 5:1-2 & 5-8; Jn 4:5-42 (Year A) “O God, you are my God; for you my soul is thirsting, like a dry, weary land without water.” The Psalmist’s prayer describes our longing for God as a deep instinctive thirst. Without water, the land withers and dies. Without God, our lives
March 05, 2020
The Second Sunday of Lent Gen 12:1-4; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Mt 17:1-9 (Year A) “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your family and your father’s house for the land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation. All the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by you.” The call
February 27, 2020
The First Sunday of Lent Gen 2:7-9; Rom 5:12-19; Mt 4:1-11 (Year A) “The Lord God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and thus man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, and there he put the man he
February 20, 2020
Seventh Sunday of the Year Lv 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Cor 3:16-23; Mt 5:38-48 (Year A) “Be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy. You must not bear hatred for your brother in your heart. You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must
February 13, 2020
Sixth Sunday of the Year Eccls 15:15-20; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37 (Year A) “Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish them, but to complete them.” For Israel, the Law and the Prophets, the Old Testament represented both the revelation of God’s
January 23, 2020
“In the days past the Lord humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the days to come he will confer glory on the Way of the Sea on the far side of Jordan.” This brief description from the prophet Isaiah summarised the disaster that virtually obliterated Israel’s northern kingdom in
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