Easter Sunday VII

Easter Sunday VII16 May 2021 Ac 1:15-17.20a.20c-261 Jn 4:11-16Jn 17:11b-19 On his way to the Father, Jesus prays. As He lifts up his eyes to heaven, His heart and His whole being are raised up to the Father. Certainly, there is no distance between the Son and the Father. They are one. They abide in […]

Ascension of the Lord 2021

Ascension of the Lord 2021 When He was on earth, the “Son of man [had] nowhere to lay his head” (Mt 8:20). He was born in a manger. He died on a cross. During his public life, he seemed to be always moving from one place to another, reaching out to new towns and new […]

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year B

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year B Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-481 John 4:7-10John 15:9-17 Over the past week, beginning with last Sunday’s Gospel and for six days altogether, we have been listening to and meditating on the 15th chapter of St John’s Gospel. We conclude the chapter with tomorrow’s Gospel. The Church highlights for […]

4th Sunday in Paschaltide

4th Sunday in Paschaltide25 April 2021At St Cecilia’s Abbey Ryde The image of the shepherd brings a note of tenderness to the conversations Our Lord had with the Jews. Since we are in Paschal time we don’t have an Old Testament reading today, but it is important that we have the prophets and the psalms […]

Sunday III in Paschal Tide

Sunday III in Paschal Tide 18 April 2021 A Call to Conversion Our friend Père Louis Bouyer was scathing in his remarks about Ronnie Knox’s book ‘Enthusiasm’, but the first chapters dealing with the Corinthians do throw a light on one of the pitfalls of early Christianity: the enthusiast’s inclination to antinomianism. The victory of […]

Divine Mercy Sunday

Year B readings:1st reading: Acts: 4:32-352nd reading: 1 John 5:1-6Gospel: John 20:19-31 The disciples are gathered together in a room behind shut doors. They fear the Jews and what might happen to them being followers of Jesus. Our Lord appears among them. There are similarities between this Gospel text and the description of St Luke […]

Easter Day 2021

You have in English a lovely phrase about the dropping of a penny. The first time I heard it, I did not immediately get it, but after a while (a short while: I am less stupid than I look!), “the penny finally dropped”. Let me suggest it’s exactly what happened to Peter and John on […]

Paschal Vigil 2021

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Let us celebrate in this sacred night Sister Light. From the very beginning of our liturgy, she has been given the place of honour in this church. We salute her presence in the Paschal Candle, which was blessed to proclaim Christ’s Resurrection for fifty […]

Good Friday 2021

Ecce Homo. Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them: “Behold the man”. Ecce homo. Do you want to know who you are -who we are-? Look at this man; behold this man. I agree. There is a great temptation to recoil, to turn aside and to […]

Maundy Thursday 2021

This evening, we are opening the celebrations of the Paschal Triduum: the three sacred days when the Church celebrates how Jesus went through His Passion and death in order to enter the glory of the Resurrection. And this year we are again together. In this not yet quite ‘post-Covid’ world, we do not take things […]