"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

Gospel Notes

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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Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (25 January 2015)

JGospelNow after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

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Gospel for Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (18 January 2015)

Notes on the Gospel by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThe next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

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Gospel Notes for the Baptism of the Lord (11/01/2015)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJohn the Baptist proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

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Gospel for Fourth Sunday of Advent (21 December 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelIn the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her
and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

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