"If we take a more living and more Christian perspective we find in ourselves a simple affirmation which is not of ourselves. It simply is. In our being there is a primordial yes that is not our own; it is not at our own disposal; it is not accessible to our inspection and understanding; we do not even fully experience it as real (except in rare and unique ' is something they never advert to at all. It is in fact absolutely unconscious, totally forgotten. Basically, however, my being is not an of Being itself, irrespective of my own choices. "Where do 'I' come in? Simply in uniting the 'yes' of my own freedom with the 'yes' of Being that already is before I have chosen to choose." [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image Books, 1968/1989, 266]

Gospel Notes

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

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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

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Fr Bill's Homily for the Fifteenth Sunday

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Gospel for Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (12 July 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelHe called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.

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Fr Bill's Homily for Fourteenth Sunday

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