The weekly scripture reflections will be on hold for the duration of the Christmas period, with the reflections starting again on the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, on January 15th 2017. We regret any inconveniences caused. May you be blessed during this Christmas period and have a safe new year.
It is interesting that Luke’s version of the Gospel (unlike Matthew and Mark) does not record any trial of Jesus at night by the Sanhedrin. Rather it begins at daybreak, and everything is done in the light of day. In the few verses of TODAY’S GOSPEL [LUKE 23: 35 – 43] there appear no less […]
By Anthony Egan SJ Despite almost every poll predicting a relatively easy victory for Hillary Clinton in the United States Presidential Elections, closer reflection suggests that it was never that clear in the first place. To start, the often nasty campaign between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination may have alienated […]
In order to understand this Sunday’s OLD TESTAMENT READING [MALACHI 4: 1 – 2a] we must focus on the closing sentence. There we read the Lord’s invitation to conversion and repentance – “But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.” Despite the opening verse which […]
The Apostles’ Creed contains an important addition not explicitly mentioned in the Nicene version which, with one exception, we confess every Sunday of the year. Therein we profess our faith “in the communion of saints.” However, the Nicene Confession, as well as that of the Apostles’, expresses our belief in the catholic Church (not Catholic […]
Response October 27th, 2016 It seems to be customary for post-1994 English-speaking finance ministers to include in their major speeches a few phrases in an African language. Yesterday, Pravin Gordhan quoted a Sepedi saying that “if a pack of lions fails to work together they will not be able to bring down even a limping […]