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Homily notes: Presentation of The Lord Year A, 2 February 2020

22 Jan 2020 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Forty days after the celebration of Christ’s birth we interrupt the ordinary Sunday cycle to celebrate the Presentation of the Lord.


Scripture reflections: ‘My eyes have seen the light of salvation!’

22 Jan 2020

Forty days after Christmas, we observe the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple (the feast of Candlemas), when we celebrate Christ as the light of the world. 2nd February 2020


Homily notes: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 26 January 2020

15 Jan 2020 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Matthew never misses a chance to point to the fulfilment of Scripture – and therefore of God’s saving plan – in all the details of Jesus’ life.


Scripture reflections: ‘The Lord is my Light and my Help’

15 Jan 2020

Let us remember that we do not pray alone, but belong to a community of believers united by our baptism. Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 26 January 2020


Homily notes: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 January 2020

08 Jan 2020 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Read with Christian hindsight, the Isaiah text writes the script for the destiny of Jesus to be not only Messiah of Israel but Saviour of the world.


Scripture reflections: ‘I will make you the light of the nations!’

08 Jan 2020

This week, we might pray for the grace of an ‘open ear’ and an open heart. Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, 19 January 2020


Scripture reflections: ‘This is my Son, the Beloved’

01 Jan 2020

Matthew’s account of the baptism of Jesus shows Jesus to be the beloved Son of God, anointed by the Father with the Holy Spirit and with power. Baptism of the Lord Year A, 12 January 2020


Homily notes: Baptism of The Lord Year A, 12 January 2020

01 Jan 2020 | Brendan Byrne SJ

Today’s feast of the Baptism marks a swift transition from Jesus’ infancy and childhood to the event that inaugurates his adult public ministry.


Homily notes: Christmastide 2019-New Year 2020

14 Dec 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

Homily notes for the Nativity of the Lord, Feast of the Holy Family, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (1 January 2020) and the Feast of the Epiphany (5 January 2020)


Fourth Sunday of Advent Year A, 22 December 2019

11 Dec 2019 | Fr Brendan Byrne SJ

The angelic messenger turns everything around for Joseph. Mary’s pregnancy has not come about through infidelity but through the agency of God’s Holy Spirit.


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