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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 19 October

Dear Friends,

With today’s Gospel [Matthew 22:15-21] we see the Pharisees teaming up with the Herodians in order place a snare – a trap – for Jesus. In using the custom of paying taxes to the Romans, they believe that they have finally caught Jesus out. If he agrees that it is not just to pay the Roman poll tax (a tax which every Jews detested paying) they could report him as usurper and rebel and thus have the Romans arrest and imprison him. If on the other hand he states that it is alright to pay the Roman tax, he would lose the good will of the people who believed that the tax was a great imposition on the people and just fed the Roman coffers.

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 10 October

Dear Friends,

The theme of invitation and response looms highly in our liturgy today. The First Reading from Isaiah [25:6-10] speak of the invitation issued to us by God to join him on the mountain top for an exquisite banquet. This is a reading that we often hear at funerals. Both the invitation and the banquet are lavish. In ordinary life, the reception of an invitation normally asks for one of two responses: acceptance of the invitation or a decision to not attend the function. The process by which we come to our decision is dependent on the amount of importance we place on certain factors: the invitation itself, the person issuing the invitation, the people who may likely be attending, does the date fit into my schedule and so forth. If we hold the invitation in high regard then we are more likely to accept the offer to attend and do everything in our power to ensure that we attend the occasion.

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From the Dean's desk

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

Today’s Gospel [Matthew 21:33-43] picks up on the mission of the prophets of God, and more especially the mission of Jesus. Jesus tells the parable about the owner of the vineyard. In fact the image of the vineyard is employed by both the first reading [Isaiah 5:1-7] and the Gospel.

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New Archbishop of Sydney

His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed Most Reverend Anthony Fisher as the new Archbishop of Sydney.

His formal installation will take place at St Mary’s Cathedral on a date to be announced. We offer our prayers for him as he takes up this important position as shepherd of the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Sydney

 
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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

The scenario for this week’s Gospel [Matthew 21:28-32] sounds so familiar: a father asking a child to do a particular job, being met with a defiant no, only with the child rethinking his answer and then carrying out his father’s wishes, while the second child, who was initially eager and responsive to do his father’s bidding, fails to do so.

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