"God has left us abandoned in time. God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait and wait and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if she gets tired and goes away. The crucifixion of Christ is the image of the fixity of God. God is attention without distraction. One must imitate the patience and humility of God." (Simone Weil, "The Fathers Silence" in The Simone Weil Reader, edited by George A Panichas, David McKay Company, 1977, 424-25)

Gospel Notes

Gospel for Feast of Epiphany (3 January 2016)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelIn the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

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Gospel for the Baptism of the Lord (10 January 2016)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAs the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire”.

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Gospel for the First Sunday in Lent (14 February 2016)

Gospel notes by Michael Whelan SM


JGospelJesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God,

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Gospel for Fifth Sunday (7 February 2016)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelOnce while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore.

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Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (31 January 2016)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThen he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’”

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Gospel for Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (24 January 2016)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelSince many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed. ....

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Gospel for Second Sunday of Advent (6 December 2015)

Gospel notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelIn the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness.

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First Sunday of Advent (29 November 2016)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

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The Feast of Christ the King (Thirty Fourth Sunday) (22 November 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThen Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”

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Gospel for the Thirty Third Sunday (15 November 2015)

Notes by Michael Whel;an SM

JGospel“But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

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Gospel for the Thirty Second Sunday (8 November 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAs (Jesus) taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

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Gospel for Thirtieth Sunday (25 October 2015)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThey came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

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Gospel for Thirty First Sunday and All Saints Day (1 November 2015)

Gospel notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelWhen Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

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Gospel for Twenty Ninth Sunday (18 October 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”

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Gospel of the Twenty Eighth Sunday (11 October 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAs Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments:

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Gospel for Twenty Seventh Sunday (4 October 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelSome Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.”

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Gospel for the Twenty Sixth Sunday (27 September 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJohn said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. Whoever is not against us is for us. For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.”



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Gospel for the Twenty Fifth Sunday (20 September 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThey went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

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Gospel for Twenty Fourth Sunday (13 September 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?”

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Gospel for the Twenty Third Sunday (6 September 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThen he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.

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