"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

Gospel Notes

Gospel for Feast of the Ascension (17 May 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAnd he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.

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Gospel for Sixth Sunday of Easter (10 May 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAs the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

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Homily for Sixth Sunday of Easter

JBillGrimmSixthSundayWatch Fr Bill Grimm give his homily. Click here.

Homily for Fifth Sunday of Easter

JBillGrimmFifthSundayWatch Maryknoll's Fr Bill Grimm share his reflections on the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Click here.

Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (3 May 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

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Reflection on Third Sunday of Easter

JGrimmWatch Fr Bill Grimm give his reflection on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter. Watch the video.

Homily for Fourth Sunday of Easter

JBillGrimmWatch Fr Bill Grimm share his reflections on the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of easter. View the video.

 

Gospel for Fourth Sunday of Easter (26 April 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.

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Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter (19 April 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThen they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

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Gospel for Second Sunday of Easter (12 April 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelWhen it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you."

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Gospel for the Easter Vigil (4 April 2015)

 

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelWhen the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.

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Gospel for Palm Sunday of the Passion of Our Lord

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelWhen they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.

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Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent (22 March 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelNow among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.

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Gospel for Fourth Sunday of Lent (15 March 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAs he walked along, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

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Gospel for the Third Sunday of Lent (8 March 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables.

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Gospel for Second Sunday of Lent (1 March 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelSix days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves.

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Gospel for Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (8 February 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAs soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.

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Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent (22 February 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAnd the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.

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Gospel for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (15 February 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelA leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made clean!"

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Gospel for Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 February 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.

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