Scripture Notes – Sunday 25th October 2020

On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.   Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 25 October 2020. Our context today is the on-going crisis triggered by the pandemic. How can we find energy for continued solidarity, unselfishness and resilience? Is there a Christian approach, even, to this very testing time? If you were asked to describe what sustains you…

19/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 18th October 2020

Subject: Scripture notes: Grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 18 October 2020. Next Sunday is Mission Sunday in the Catholic tradition. Accordingly, two sets of notes are provided for the Sunday to accommodate communities not observing Mission Sunday. In fact, only the Gospel is different. This email is slightly longer than usual because…

12/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 11th October 2020

Dear Friends 1. YouTube video The YouTube videos are intended to be a fresh exploration of the Gospel, with an eye to spiritual, pastoral and practical concerns. Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) exploration (YouTube) Gospel (Matthew 22:1-14) exploration (Zoom) Full set of videos  (YouTube) 2. John Barton Lecture The second reason for writing is to alert you to an online talk organised by the National Bible Society of Ireland. The speaker is Rev. Prof. John…

06/10/2020
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Scripture Notes – Sunday 4th October 2020

 It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone.   Dear friends,  A very warm welcome to all to Hearers of the Word for Sunday, 4 October 2020. 1.Supersessionism and complacency Today’s parable of the wicked tenants conceals two traps for contemporary Christian readers. The first of these is “supersessionism,” the idea that the Christian faith replaces and renders inoperative (somehow) the Jewish faith. This is clearly condemned in Catholic teaching. See…

03/10/2020
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