SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Bishop David McGough

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January 16, 2020
The Second Sunday of the Year Is 49:3 & 5-6; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34 (Year A) “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I shall be glorified.’ I was honoured in the eyes of the Lord; my God was my strength.” The words of the prophet Isaiah present the
January 09, 2020
The Baptism of the Lord Is 42:1-4 & 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Mt 3:13-17 (Year A) As soon as Jesus was baptised he came up from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, ‘This
January 02, 2020
The Epiphany of the Lord Is 60:1-6; Eph 3:2-3 & 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 (Year A) “Where is the infant King of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose and have come to do him homage.” Matthew’s infancy narrative gives us the familiar story of the Wise Men who had travelled from the east
December 19, 2019
Christmas – Mass During the Night Is 9:1-6; Ps 96; Titus 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14 The Old Testament readings for the Christmas season are an expression of overwhelming joy. We can identify with their message because we, as sinners, have known the darkness that searches for light. In our frailty we have sometimes experienced life as
December 12, 2019
The Third Sunday of Advent Is 35:1-6; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11 (Year A) The prophet Isaiah lived through the darkest of times in Israel’s history, and yet his was the voice that never ceased to summon a broken people to joy. “They will come to Zion shouting for joy, everlasting joy on their faces; joy
December 05, 2019
Second Sunday of Advent Is 11:1-10; Rom 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 (Year A) “Everything that was written long ago in the scriptures was meant to teach us something about hope …” The concluding words of St Paul’s Letter to the Romans invite us to hope in the coming of Christ, whose salvation had transformed his life.
November 28, 2019
First Sunday of Advent Is 2:1-5; Rom 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 (Year C) The season of Advent summons us to both joy and wakefulness. Joy, because it prepares us for the celebration of the Lord’s first coming at Christmas; wakefulness, because it invites us to live in the confident expectation of his Second Coming at the end of
November 21, 2019
On this last Sunday of the liturgical year the Church celebrates Christ as our victorious King, leading the whole of creation to the triumph of his kingdom at the end of time. Ours is a prayer of sure and certain hope, perfectly expressed in Paul’s letter to the Colossians: “We give thanks to the Father
November 14, 2019
The 33rd Sunday of the Year Mal 3:19-20; 2 Thess 3:7-12; Lk 21:5-19 (Year C) “The day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and evil doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, leaving them neither root nor stalk.” The Old Testament
November 07, 2019
The 32nd Sunday of the Year 2 Macc 7:1-2 & 9-14; 2 Thess 2:16 – 3:5;   Lk 20:27-38 (Year C)  November is a time for remembrance. We remember those who have gone before us and in so doing are reminded that we will most certainly follow them.  Week by week we confess our faith in
October 31, 2019
The 31st Sunday of the Year Wis 11:22-12:2; 2 Thess 1:11-2:2; Lk 19:1-10 (Year C) “In your sight, Lord, the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of morning dew falling to the ground. Yet you spare all things because all things are yours, Lord, lover of
October 24, 2019
The 30th Sunday of the Year Eccl 35:12-14 & 16-19; 2 Tim 4:6-8 & 16-18; Lk 18:9-14 (Year C) “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted; those whose spirit is crushed he will save. The Lord ransoms the souls of his servants. Those who hide in him shall not be condemned.” The prayer of the