"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

Gospel Notes

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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Gospel for the Twenty Second Sunday (30 August 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelNow when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.)

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Gospel for Twentieth Sunday (16 August 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelI am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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Gospel for Twenty First Sunday (23 August 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelWhen many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?”

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Gospel for Nineteenth Sunday (9 August 2015)

Notes by Michaael Whelan SM

JGospelThen the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”

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Fr Bill's Homily for Nineteenth Sunday

JBillGrimm01The Eucharist we share is food like that the angel gave Elijah. It is food that enables us to persevere in our long journey to God. It is the strength of God. Watch the video

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Gospel for Eighteenth Sunday (2 August 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelSo when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

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Gospel for the Seventeenth Sunday (26 July 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAfter this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?”

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Gospel for Sixteenth Sunday of the Year (19 July 2015)

Gospel notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThe apostles re-joined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, 'You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while'; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat.

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Fr Bill's Homily for Sixteenth Sunday

JBillGrimm01Watch Fr Bill Grimm's homily. Click here.