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Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) (28 January 2024)

Today’s Gospel – Mark 1:21-28 – gives us one of a number of instances in which Jesus encounters the mystery of evil. Clearly we are not witnessing two equal forces – good versus evil – contending for ascendancy. In none of the Gospel passages is such a scenario suggested. Evil and its agencies do not stand a chance …

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Gospel for Christmas Day (Year B) (25 December 2023)

The primary thing about Jesus is not ethics or law or doctrine. These are necessary, and each of these will emerge as a consequence – and ongoing challenge – of our identifying with him. First and foremost, Jesus invites us into a life-transforming intimacy with him.

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Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year B) (24 December 2023)

Our experiences of being perplexed, troubled, disturbed, or startled – whatever seems to be the cause – are growing pains. They are potentially moments of learning, purification, and transformation. Like the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis or the seed breaking through the soil, so we come to birth daily. We are always be-coming and be-longing.

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Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent (Year B) (17 December 2023)

As we hear those words from John – “a man sent by God” – we are reminded of the Prophet Isaiah: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (Isaiah 52:7-8). John’s words are beautiful words. They speak to our hearts about who and what we are. They remind us not only of why we exist but of why anything exists at all.

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