SIXTEENTH SUNDAY: Year B , 22 July

I do not know whether the parish in which you celebrate Sunday Eucharist and worship recites the Entrance Antiphon (it may be replaced with an appropriate hymn), or – perhaps – it appears in the weekly bulletin? So, I reproduce it here: “God himself is my help. The Lord upholds my life. I will offer […]

Fourteenth Sunday, Year B

It is not difficult to arrive at the conclusion that there does exist a real connection between last Sunday’s scriptures and this week’s extracts. Let us make words from THIS SUNDAY’S PSALM [122 or 123] an anchor. — “like the eyes of slaves on the hands of their lords … like the eyes of a […]

Thirteenth Sunday, Year B

The OLD TESTAMENT READING [WISDOM 1:13 – 15; 2:23 – 24] introduces three perennials (hoary issues?!) which often cause heated debate and / or sometimes raise difficulties even among committed believers. Four verses from this extract remain pivotal. 1 Death was not God’s doing, he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living. This […]

Birth of John the Baptist

The immediate and essential importance of John the Baptist is clearly indicated by the first appearances of his name in the Gospel narratives. Mark and John mention him within the first few verses of their respective opening chapters. Matthew, at the start of his third chapter, names the Baptist as a preacher, witness or proclaimer, […]