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Solemnity of Christ the King, 23 November

Dear Friends,

With this week’s liturgy we come at last to the end of the Church’s liturgical year. As always we celebrate on this last Sunday of the year (the 34th Sunday) the Solemnity of Christ the King. Unlike the Gospels for the Sundays of Year “B” [John 18:22-37] and for Year “C” [Luke 23:35-43] which deal with Jesus at his trial or on the cross, today’s Gospel [Matthew 25:31-45] continues the themes presented in the previous weeks, with the added note of the pastoral outreach that needs to be an essential part of the Christian life.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, 16 November

Dear Friends,

In today’s Gospel [Matthew 25:14-30] we have the second parable story dealing with the behaviour necessary during this in-between time- spanning the period between Jesus’ earthly ministry and his coming at the end of time.

The theme is set in our second reading [1 Thessalonians 5:1-6], where Paul asks his readers to be vigilant and alert. They are to live as if they were people of the day and not like those who live in the night – asleep.

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Dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome

Dear Friends,

For a second Sunday in a row we divert from the normal observance of the Ordinary Sundays in the liturgical calendar. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome. We may ask ourselves why we are celebrating as a liturgical feast a basilica which is on the other side of the world. This is due to the important significance that the Lateran Basilica plays in our history as a Church and in our spirituality of Church.

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Commemoration of all the faithful departed, 2 November

Dear Friends,

Today our liturgy diverts slightly from Ordinary Time. Today we celebrate the Commemoration of the All the Faithful Departed. This celebration follows yesterday’s celebration of All Saints. The remembrance of All Souls is, in some European countries an even greater celebration than All Saints. There is a personal element in the celebration of All Souls, which comes with the memory of those who we have loved and lost.

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 26 October

Dear Friends,

For a second successive Sunday we see Jesus being targeted by the religious leaders. Last week the Pharisees and Herodians tried to trap Jesus over the issue of the payment of tax to the Romans [Matthew 22:15-22]. In the successive scene from Matthew’s Gospel (but not part of the Sunday liturgy) we have the encounter between Jesus and the Sadducees over the issue over resurrection, when they place before Jesus the situation of the woman who successively marries seven brothers, and ask to whose wife would she be at the resurrection from the dead [Matthew 22:23-33].

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