Reflections

Reflections

Reflections


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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A (Jan. 29, 2017)

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“How blessed are the poor in spirit: the reign of God is theirs.” “Blest are the lowly; they shall inherit the land.” If there is a single theme running through all our readings today, it’s the importance of humility. Much like short skirts and wide ties, virtues go...

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A (Jan. 22, 2017)

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“From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” With these solemn words, Matthew marks the formal beginning of Jesus’ ministry. That he begins with a call for repentance indicates that Our Lord is carrying on in the...

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A (Jan. 15, 2017)

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To me, John the Baptist is one of the most compelling figures in the New Testament. Certainly the people of his own time found him fascinating. Great crowds of them trooped out to the Jordan River to hear this strange man dressed in camel skins preach repentance, and to be baptized by him. Our...

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (Jan. 8, 2017)

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One of the most remarkable people I met while teaching theology in East Africa in the late 1980s was Bishop Serapio Bwemi Magambo, of the Diocese of Fort Portal Uganda. Fort Portal is a market town near the Rwenzori Mountains – sometimes called the Mountains of the Moon. It is the home, in...