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    Fifth Sunday of Lent 2020

    Last Friday evening in Rome, Pope Francis presided over what was named, An Extraordinary Moment of Prayer in which he blessed the city and the world, a gesture ordinarily reserved for Easter Sunday and Christmas and the election of a new pope. In so doing, he reflected on the situation that has now gripped the world. “The storm [in which we find ourselves] exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and…

  • Year A

    Fourth Sunday of Lent 2020

    There was an ancient tribe of people and the old leader of the tribe was dying. Summoning three of the younger members of the community, the leader spoke of the future. “When I die, one of you must succeed me as the leader of our people.  I want each of you to go out into the world and bring back something of beauty.  The one whose gift is most outstanding will succeed me.” The young people departed, walking through the city and countryside where their people lived and worked.  Some days later they returned from their travels.  The first brought a flower from the parklands, rare and beautiful and delicate with a preciousness that…

  • Year A

    Third Sunday of Lent 2020

    I shall always remember my visit once to a young 21 year old woman dying of AIDS.  Jeanine’s life had been a broken one of childhood abuse, drug use and prostitution. Yet, in the midst of all this she could say just before she died: “I sit here dreaming that I would like to work with other people who have AIDS who are not as well as I am, and write more poetry. I try and treat each day as a precious gift. I want to write about my life because it is a good story . . .  I also dream of my three beautiful nieces who I love more than…

  • Year A

    Second Sunday of Lent 2020

    The account of the Transfiguration is given us each year on this the 2nd Sunday of Lent. Each year we hear a different version of the account. This year the version is from the gospel of Matthew. Though there are differences between the three accounts from each of the gospels, there are clear similarities as well.  Jesus and his disciples are on a mountain.  There is the sense of being in solitude.  There is a cloud. The inner luminosity of Jesus becomes apparent.  The figures of Moses and Elijah are in the heart of the experience.  The essential filial identity of Jesus as Son of the Father is revealed.  The disciples are summoned to listen. And then,…

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