The Most Holy Trinity

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This Sunday is all about the “Divine Community” – in other words, the way in which our God is in himself a communion of love: Father, Son and Spirit, distinct yet perfectly united – three persons, one God. We hear of the perfect union between Father and Son, revealed in the mysterious poem of the First Reading, where the Son is “Wisdom” joining the Father in the act of creation. This union bear’s fruit in the Spirit, who pours this perfect love into our hearts, so that we may imitate the “Communion of Love” by living together and hoping for our place within the Divine Community

PSALM

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, the moon and the stars which you arranged, what is man that you should keep him in mind, mortal man that you should care for him? Yet you have made him little less than a god; with glory and honour you crowned him, gave him power over the works of your hand, put all things under his feet. All of them, sheep and cattle, yes, even the savage beasts, birds of the air, and fish that make their way through the waters.

 

First Reading: Prov 8:22-31

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-5

Gospel Reading: John 16: 12-15

 

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PENTECOST SUNDAY

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We arrive at the fiftieth day ‑ the completion of the Easter Season, and the completion of the Paschal Mystery: the Lord has died, is risen, has ascended to heaven and now gives birth to his Church, by sending the Spirit upon the apostles. This feast of the gift of the Spirit is so significant for us, because it marks the handing on of Jesus’ ministry to the Church ‑ in the Church we are guaranteed the presence of the Lord, in his sacra­ments, in his ministers, in the Blessed Sacrament and in his Celebrated Word. It also marks the fulfilment of our thoughts about baptism throughout this season: the gift of the Spirit which we receive in Confirmation is the `seal’ of our baptism, guaranteeing and confirm­ing all that baptism achieves.

PSALM

Bless the Lord, my soul! Lord God, how great you are.   How many are your works, O Lord! The earth is full of your riches. You take back your spirit, they die, returning to the dust from which they came. You send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the Lord last for ever! May the Lord rejoice in his works! May my thoughts be pleasing to him. I find my joy in the Lord.

 

First Reading: Acts 2:1-11

Second Reading: Romans 8:8-17

Gospel Reading: John 14:15-16, 23-26

 

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Ascension of the Lord

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As he blessed them he was carried up to heaven

Recently the bishops of England and Wales decided to move the celebration of Ascension to this Sunday. While this moves the feast away the fortieth day, it does open up this celebration as part of the journey of the Easter Season. Ascension is not just a feast that “happens to fall in Eastertide”: it is an integral part of the Easter mystery. Remember the Lord’s words at the Last Supper: I am going to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me. Jesus does not open the way to us just by rising from the dead: to complete the mystery presumes the Lord’s return to the Father. Ascension is therefore a feast of hope: our hope that the Lord will return, as he went. Our hope that he will take us with him, when our bodies are raised as his was. Our hope that we will take our place in heaven, where he sits at the Father’s right hand.

PSALM

All peoples, clap your hands, cry to God with shouts of joy! For the Lord, the Most High, we fear, great king over all the earth. God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. Sing praise for God, sing praise, sing praise to our king, sing praise. God is king of all the earth. Sing praise with all your skill. God is king over all the nations; God reigns on his holy throne.

 

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11

Second Reading: Heb 9:24-28, 10:19-23

Gospel Reading: Luke 24: 46-53

 

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

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The Holy Spirit will remind you of all I have said to you.

As Eastertide unfolds, we feel the power and influence of the Spirit growing. This is the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead, and the Spirit who brings the Church to birth at Pentecost. As we journey towards Pentecost – the climax of the Easter Season – we should be considering the presence of the Spirit in the Church today: the reconciler of disputes, the solver of problems, true inspiration for the family of God on our journey to the New Jerusalem! From this side, Pentecost is about promise: the Lord at the Last Supper promises that He and the Father will be “at home” with all who keep his words – and it is the Advocate, the Holy Spirit who will remind us of these and all his words. We believe that all Scripture is “inspired” – the word of the Spirit – so as we listen or proclaim this Sunday let us look for the fulfilment of the promise made by the Lord.

PSALM

O God, be gracious and bless us and let your face shed its light upon us. So will your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn your saving help. Let the nations be glad and exult for you rule the world with justice.   With fairness you rule the peoples, you guide the nations on earth. Let the people praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. May God still give us his blessing till the ends of the earth revere him.

 

First Reading: Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29

Second Reading: Apoc 21: 10-14, 22-23

Gospel Reading John 14: 23-29

 

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

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“I give you a new commandment: love one another.”

We are now closer to Ascension and Pentecost than Easter, but we are still in the Easter Season. The readings this Sunday begin to move us along too, as once more we hear the Lord at the Last Supper preparing his disciples for his departure: he does this by giving them a rule to live by, a new commandment. This commandment, love one another, is to be the guiding light of the community of believers after Pentecost (check the first reading for the Second Sunday of Easter) it is the risen Lord’s parting gift to his Church.

PSALM

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and your friends shall repeat their blessing. They shall speak of the glory of your reign and declare your might, O God, to make known to men your mighty deeds and the glorious splendour of your reign. Yours is an everlasting kingdom; your rule lasts from age to age.

 

First Reading: Acts 14: 21-27

Second Reading: Apoc 21: 1-5

Gospel Reading John 13: 31-35

 

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

“I give eternal life to the sheep that belong to me”

This is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday, and is part of the continuing journey of Easter – remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who both gives his life for his sheep and takes it up again. His relationship with us, after the resurrection, is closer than we can imagine: through his dying and rising, Jesus fulfils the promise he makes in today’s Gospel: “I give them eternal life, and they will never be lost.” This Sunday is another opportunity for us to consider the consequences of the Resurrection how we live the Easter Story

PSALM

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing for joy. Know that he, the Lord is God. He made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the sheep of his flock. Indeed, how good is the Lord, eternal his merciful love. He is faithful from age to age.

 

First Reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52

Second Reading: Apoc 7: 9, 14-17

Gospel Reading John 10: 27-30

 

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Third Sunday of Easter

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“Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them,
and the same with the fish.”

The rest of the world has settled “back to normal” after Easter holidays now, but we continue to dwell on the resurrection of Jesus and the growth of the Church. Today’s Gospel, which many people consider the most beautiful of the resurrection stories, has many themes: the failed fishing trip, the inability of Peter to recognise the risen Jesus, the miracle of the 153 fish and the simple, powerful reassuring words of Jesus to his confused disciples: “Come and have breakfast.” We can all find ourselves a place in this Gospel story, as we continue to wonder at the resurrection.

PSALM

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead, restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him, give thanks to his holy name. His anger lasts but a moment; his favour through life. At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn. The Lord listened and has pity. The Lord came to my help. For me you have changed my mourning into dancing; O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.

 

First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41

Second Reading: Apoc 5:11-14

Gospel Reading John 21: 1-19

 

 

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