There are two themes that run through this Sunday’s Readings. First, the prioritising of the spiritual and eternal things over the physical and temporal things and second, the absolute radicalness of the Gospel. Of course, they are intimately linked to each other but let’s look at them one by one.
This Sunday’s First Reading and Gospel Reading serve as two very poignant bookends in our Liturgy of the Word. In the First Reading, we have the book of Wisdom expounding the great mercies and forgiveness of God — followed by the Psalm doing the same thing — and at the end we have the Gospel where Jesus reveals something a little different.
This week, we are going to come at the Readings backwards. We will begin with the end in mind, as St Thomas Aquinas used to say. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us the parable of the sower. I’m sure we’ve heard it many times before. But let us renew our hearts to receive it anew and ask the Lord to open things up to us that we may have never seen before. I encourage you to read at least the Gospel carefully, anytime between now and this Sunday’s Mass, and meditate on Jesus’ words and think about what kind of soil your life might be for the seed, that is, the Word of God spoken of in the First Reading.
We’re back this week and the Liturgy of the Word opens with a reading from the prophet Zechariah. Zechariah tells us that our King will come to us “humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Of course, this is the prophecy that was fulfilled when Jesus took a donkey and rode it triumphantly into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. The response from this Sunday’s Psalm confirms that our King would be God.
We are back in the book of Exodus this Sunday, chapter nineteen, and the Israelites have left Egypt and are camped in the wilderness of Sinai. God says this to Moses: “Say this to the House of Jacob, declare this to the sons of Israel, ‘You yourselves have seen what I did with the Egyptians, how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself. From this you know that now, if you obey my voice and hold fast to my covenant, you of all the nations shall be my very own for all the earth is mine. I will count you a kingdom of priests, a consecrated nation.’”
In 1221, St Francis held a general chapter (Franciscan Council) at Assisi. When the others dispersed, there lingered behind, unknown and neglected, a poor Portuguese friar, resolved to ask for and to refuse nothing.
Welcome to Ordinary Time! Last Sunday’s Pentecost Sunday marked the official end of the Easter Season, but, even though we are now in Ordinary Time, there’s nothing ordinary about this Sunday’s Solemnity: The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
Dear brothers and sisters, Since my ordination as Bishop of the Diocese of Gibraltar, I have been doing my best to listen to what people have to say, both lay persons and priests. During the seven months that I have been here, I have been reflecting on how to realise in a better way the mission that the Church is meant to fulfil in the Diocese, which is mainly that of teaching the word of God and being of spiritual service through the sacraments to the faithful.
In order to achieve this, I feel that certain changes have to be introduced which will be happening hopefully over a period of time. Such changes are necessary in my...
ST BONIFACE was born at Crediton, in Devonshire, England, in the year 680. Some missionaries staying at his father’s house spoke to him of heavenly things, and inspired him with a wish to devote himself, as they did, to God. He entered the monastery of Exminster, and was there trained for his apostolic work.
Today we commemorate the twenty-two canonized martyrs of Uganda, who died between 1885 and 1887. Charles Lwanga was born in Buddu County, Uganda, in about 1860.
Having learned about the Catholic faith from converts—Cardinal Lavigerie’s White Fathers had opened a mission in that region in 1879—he also began taking instructions.
The Lord is King: Reflection on the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 19, 2017
Tyson Murphy was born and raised in California, USA. He received a Bachelor's and Master's degree in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. Having spent nearly a month in Gibraltar during the summer of 2016, he has developed a special love for the people of the Rock.
Jeremy was born and raised in Gibraltar. He has a double major Bachelor's degree in theology and catechetics with a minor in philosophy from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. He currently lives in Gibraltar with his wife, Stephanie, and their son, Álvaro.
Patrick is from Northville, Michigan, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy.