14 July 2019, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Some words from our Old Testament reading today: ‘For this commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and […]

Saturday 13 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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Here once again for the Optional Memoria of Our Lady are a few lines from St Bernard, which you may like to make your own in prayer: ‘In dangers, in hardships, in every doubt, think of Mary, call out to Mary. Keep her in your mouth, keep her in your heart. Follow the example of […]

Friday 12 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Jesus said, ‘When they deliver you up, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you’.   These words are […]

Wednesday 10 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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In today’s Gospel reading, we have the names of the twelve apostles: ‘The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the […]

Tuesday 9 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Among the many journeys undertaken at night which are recorded in Sacred Scripture, this one, which forms our Old Testament Mass reading, occupies a special place.   ‘And Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he […]

Monday 8 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Here is an extract from today’s Old Testament Mass reading, from Genesis: ‘Jacob left Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. And he came to a certain place, and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place […]

7 July 2019, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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‘Far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of […]

Saturday 6 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time and Our Lady on Saturday.

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St Bernard, who had a great love of our Lady, spoke about her in these words: ‘“And the Virgin’s name was Mary”. Let us speak a little about this name, which is said to mean “star of the sea”, and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star. As […]

Friday 5 July 2019, Feria in Ordinary Time.

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Today the Gospel reading is the call of Matthew, the tax collector, who became a disciple of our Lord and whose Gospel is one of the greatest gifts we have. In the account of his call, Jesus says to the Pharisees, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are […]