Sarah Broscombe finds in the readings for the first Sunday of Advent in Year C an exhortation to be ready. How can we free ourselves from what might distract us during this important time of waiting?
17 Jan: In the account of four men who lowered a paralysed man through a roof to get him to Jesus, we hear Mark's first use of the word 'faith', which reminds us that faith shows itself in action.
St Paul was prone to using sporting metaphors. Where and why did Paul use athletic imagery in his letters?
Fri 24 May: What was new about what Jesus was asking with his instruction to 'love one another ... as I have loved you'?
Weds 6 Nov: in today's first reading, Paul establishes a connection between the command of neighbour-love and the Ten Commandments which throws light on both.
Peter Edmonds SJ describes how God's grace worked differently in the lives of Ss Peter & Paul, neither of whom had straightforward paths to holiness.
Tue 5 Jun (Mark 12:13-17): Dr Marion Smith encourages us to ask ourselves what Jesus's response to his challengers demands of us as members of society.
One New Testament book is reserved for Easter Day and the following fifty days until Pentecost, and is never otherwise read publicly in Catholic Sunday or weekday liturgies: the Acts of the Apostles.
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