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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost: we hear in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles that the Spirit of God, poured out as ‘gift’ on the Apostles, who had gathered together out of fear, were transformed into a group filled with the breath of God, and boundless energy and Joy. They then became fearless, daring and joyful proclaimers of the nearness of God’s Kingdom. [ 1,643 more word ]
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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost: we hear in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles that the Spirit of God, poured out as ‘gift’ on the Apostles, who had gathered together out…
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For this Pentecost Sunday let me start with a true story about how strongly the Holy Spirit works for good outcomes in human situations. The story comes from Northern Ireland (with thanks to Paul O’Reilly SJ for its core). Northern Ireland is a particularly beautiful scenic place. But until recently it was a nation at war between two groups of people, Catholics and Protestants, divided along ethnic, social, cultural and religious lines. [ 662 more words ]
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For this Pentecost Sunday let me start with a true story about how strongly the Holy Spirit works for good outcomes in human situations. The story comes from Northern Ireland (with thanks to Paul O…
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Together, we can make it happen! This week’s gospel is linked closely to that of last week. Like the gospel about the Good Shepherd, Jesus uses another simple image of the vine and the branches, to teach the people about his relationship with them, and theirs with him. He uses an image with which all of his listeners would be familiar, and it would be very easy for them to understand. [ 979 more words ]
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Together, we can make it happen! This week’s gospel is linked closely to that of last week. Like the gospel about the Good Shepherd, Jesus uses another simple image of the vine and the branches, to…
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STAYING CONNECTED TO JESUS. You will have noticed that every time the gospel is proclaimed in church it is presented as ‘according to’. Each gospel writer sees the same Jesus, but with different eyes. Our message about him today is ‘according to John’. John’s Jesus presents the metaphor of the vine and the branches to describe the intimate relationship between Jesus and us, his followers. [ 596 more words ]
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STAYING CONNECTED TO JESUS. You will have noticed that every time the gospel is proclaimed in church it is presented as ‘according to’. Each gospel writer sees the same Jesus, but with different ey…
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A teacher's role is to guide others from the unknown to the known. Jesus was a brilliant teacher, and His listeners would all have been familiar with the unique relationship which existed between a shepherd and his sheep. A good shepherd in Our Lord’s time knew every one of his sheep and their individual natures. It was somewhat like the way we know the nature of our pet Dog or Cat and in turn how they know our voices and show affection when they see us. [ 1,445 more word ]

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A teacher’s role is to guide others from the unknown to the known. Jesus was a brilliant teacher, and His listeners would all have been familiar with the unique relationship which existed bet…
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Mike and Yvonne, so this story goes, were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they carefully watched their pennies. Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to Yvonne's insistence for the last decade on healthy foods and exercise. One day, their good health didn't help when they went on a holiday and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven. [ 722 more words ]

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  Mike and Yvonne, so this story goes, were 85 years old and had been married for sixty years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they carefully watched their penni…
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It’s an extraordinary fact, but very understandable, that one of our basic attitudes towards God is one of fear. The first time the word ‘fear’ is mentioned in the Bible is when Adam and Eve sinned. We are told that ‘they hid, because they were afraid’. From then on, most contacts with God began with the words ‘Fear not; be not afraid.’ [ 933 more words ]

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It’s an extraordinary fact, but very understandable, that one of our basic attitudes towards God is one of fear. The first time the word ‘fear’ is mentioned in the Bible is when Adam and Eve sinned…
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The famous French Philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, once said: “Hell is other people.” Judging on hellish things done to others, this is sometimes all too true. Just consider some of the stories reported in the media in recent times. A young Indian woman about to start her career as a medical doctor in Delhi went out with her boyfriend to see a movie. [ 993 more words ]

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The famous French Philosopher, Jean-Paul Sartre, once said: “Hell is other people.” Judging on hellish things done to others, this is sometimes all too true. Just consider some of the stories repor…
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5th Sunday of Lent year B, 2018. A realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh, Sydney Australia. O LORD HEAR MY PRAYER! kevin.w3@bigpond.com We all look forward to good things happening in our future. It might be a family gathering, where we have not seen many of our relatives since the last Funeral or Wedding. It might be the prospect of moving into a new House after waiting a long time to get the where-with-all to at least have it in order to pay it off as time moves on. [ 1,030 more word ]

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5th Sunday of Lent year B, 2018. A realhomilie from Fr Kevin Walsh, Sydney Australia. O LORD HEAR MY PRAYER! kevin.w3@bigpond.com We all look forward to good things happening in our future. It migh…
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Because today’s gospel is spoken entirely by Jesus himself, it deserves our close and full attention. It is like a Manifesto, Declaration or Policy outline of exactly where he stands. He tells us why he has come, and how important it is that we listen to his words and believe what he says. Both statements are equally important because, knowing why he came, and not to respond with faith, is to bring condemnation on ourselves. [ 522 more words ]

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Because today’s gospel is spoken entirely by Jesus himself, it deserves our close and full attention. It is like a Manifesto, Declaration or Policy outline of exactly where he stands. He tells us w…
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Paul O’Reilly, a Jesuit priest in England. recalls that when he was a seminarian on pastoral placement in a parish he was given a job called ‘Drinkers’ Duty’. Every morning about 8 o’clock, 20 to 30 men would come to the church to tell Paul how much alcohol they had drunk the previous day. Paul’s job was not to say ‘that’s good’ or ‘that’s bad’ but simply to write... [ 380 more words ]

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Paul O’Reilly, a Jesuit priest in England. recalls that when he was a seminarian on pastoral placement in a parish he was given a job called ‘Drinkers’ Duty’. Every morning about 8 o’clock, 20 to 3…
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Here in Australia we live in a land of extremes!!! Droughts, floods, cyclones, thundering surf, gentle breezes, blue skies and warm sunshine! A sun burnt country surrounded by jewel seas! The Holy Land in lots of ways is somewhat like our own. When one is thirsty, there is nothing more that matters…..’I want some water’! In the first reading today, we hear of God’s people grumbling, because they were thirsty, and I guess that even though they were experiencing liberation from slavery in Egypt, the consuming need to drink, engulfed all their thoughts and desires. [ 1,331 more word ]

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Here in Australia we live in a land of extremes!!! Droughts, floods, cyclones, thundering surf, gentle breezes, blue skies and warm sunshine! A sun burnt country surrounded by jewel seas! The Holy …
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We heard it said of Jesus in the gospel: ‘Zeal for your house will devour me.’ An Irish Jesuit priest, Paul O’Reilly, has told a story against himself about zeal and reverence for the house of God. When he was still a deacon, Paul was put in charge of the altar servers. He was a flop in the job. So they took it away from him and gave it to a zealous layman called Adrian. [ 548 more words ]

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We heard it said of Jesus in the gospel: ‘Zeal for your house will devour me.’ An Irish Jesuit priest, Paul O’Reilly, has told a story against himself about zeal and reverence for the house of God.…
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READINGS: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. Romans 8:31-34. Mark 9:2-10. Many years ago when I was a little kid of about 10 years old we lived in what we call in Australia, a dead end street in Cammeray, Sydney. That had nothing to do with the people who lived in the street, but the end of our Street was the End. The street ended at the top of a small cliff. [ 2,571 more words ]

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READINGS: Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18. Romans 8:31-34. Mark 9:2-10. Many years ago when I was a little kid of about 10 years old we lived in what we call in Australia, a dead end street in Cammeray…
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God says to us: "This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him" (Mk 9:7). A person giving a sermon or homily might sometimes wonder: -“How many people are really listening? Is anybody listening from start to finish? Will those listening now remember anything later on? In any case, can a homily ever start to change another person’s life?” I know of one particular instance where it definitely did. [ 382 more words ]

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God says to us: “This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him” (Mk 9:7). A person giving a sermon or homily might sometimes wonder: -“How many people are really listening? Is anybody list…
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Well Lent is with us once again.......it comes around quickly, doesn’t it? And once again we often say to ourselves and to others...time flies! I’ve noticed like you that Coles and Woolies (Woolworths for our overseas friends) have had Easter Eggs and Easter Bunnies for Sale for the last few weeks. Baker’s Delight here in Australia have beautiful Hot Cross Buns for Sale already, and we are not even near Good Friday. [ 1,904 more word ]

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  Well Lent is with us once again…….it comes around quickly, doesn’t it? And once again we often say to ourselves and to others…time flies! I’ve noticed like you that Coles a…
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"Repent,” Jesus says, “and believe the Good News ." It’s not often that a person's life is changed in a single day. A man called Chris, who lives a long way from here, has revealed that between the ages of 16 and 22, he did absolutely nothing with his life except play football, drink booze, smoke tobacco, take other drugs, and chase girls, mostly without success. [ 645 more words ]

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“Repent,” Jesus says, “and believe the Good News [about me].” It’s not often that a person’s life is changed in a single day. A man called Chris, who lives a long way from here,…
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