Father Peter Clarke

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

2nd SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B - TRANSFIGURED

2nd SUNDAY OF LENT YEAR B - TRANSFIGURED
The disciples were in a turmoil! Their leader, Simon Peter, had just professed his belief that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. To their horror Jesus began to tell them that He would be put to death. At the time, it meant nothing to them that He also added that after three days He would rise from the dead.Simon Peter, out of sheer l...
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Jesus In A Nutshell: A Reflection For The 3rd Sunday In Ordinary Time, By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Jesus In A Nutshell: A Reflection For The 3rd Sunday In Ordinary Time, By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings Brothers and Sisters. My theme for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 'Jesus in a nutshell' because find in just a few sentences St. Mark describes how He laid down the foundations for His establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. We are told Jesus, commonly known as the 'Carpenter's Son' went from Nazareth to Galilee. "There He pro...
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POINTING TOWARDS JESUS: A REFLECTION BY FR. PETER CLARKE, OP

POINTING TOWARDS JESUS: A REFLECTION                        BY FR. PETER CLARKE, OP
​New Year's Greetings, Brothers and Sisters!. I wish to share with you a few thoughts taken from the Gospel of today, THE 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.What a friend we have in Jesus!What a friend Jesus had in John the Baptist! Why am I so enthusiastic about John?Because he was the man chosen by God to prepare the way of the Lord – when the Lord happ...
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Epiphany! Revelation! Celebration!: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Epiphany! Revelation! Celebration!: A Reflection                          
By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​Coming! Coming! Coming!......Come!.....Gone! This describes the huge, even extravagant, build-up to Christmas, it's brief but joyful celebration, and then it's all over. This closure is eloquently stated by the return to school at the end of the vacation. To some it may seem that the Church wraps up Christmas neatly by celebrating the So...
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Working With Jesus: A Reflection On The Gospel, 4th Sunday In Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Working With Jesus: A Reflection On The Gospel, 4th Sunday In Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
(Greetings brothers and sisters! I'm Fr. Peter Clarke, standing in for my brother Isidore who is not well enough to write the weekly reflection.) In the Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Lk 1 :26-38). we hear how Mary willingly accepted the huge responsibility God wished to entrust to her – to be the mother of one who would " be great and b...
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A Reflection For The 3rd Sunday Of Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

A Reflection For The 3rd Sunday Of Advent                                 By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
Greetings, brothers and sisters. I'm Fr. Peter Clarke, standing in for my brother Fr. Isidore who is not well enough to produce the weekly reflections on the Sunday Gospel. Kindly remember him in your prayers.In each of the four Gospels we read of the wild-looking man from the wilderness causing a sensation by his fiery preaching - his cajoling peo...
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A Reflection On The Gospel (Mark 1.1-8) For 2ND Sunday In Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Gospel (Mark 1.1-8) For 2ND Sunday In Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​Greetings Brothers and Sisters: I'm Fr. Peter Clarke. I continue to seek your prayers for my brother Fr. Isidore whose ill-health prevents him from writing these weekly reflections on the Sunday Gospel. Today, 2nd Sunday of Advent we reflect on Mark 1.1-8. Here we are introduced to John the Baptist – a rugged man, leading a rugged life in a d...
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Reflection On The Gospel Of St. Mark 13:30-37 On The First Sunday Of Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Reflection On The Gospel Of St. Mark 13:30-37 On The First Sunday Of Advent By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​Greetings Brothers and Sisters. I'm Fr. Peter Clarke, once more filling in for my Brother Isidore who is not well enough to produce his usual Sunday reflection. Please keep him in your prayers.Today we turn to the 1st Sunday of Advent and the Gospel of St. Mark 13. 30-37. In this Gospel we have Jesus using a parable to sound the alert. It's about ...
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Loaded With Talents:A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Loaded With Talents:A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​Greetings, brothers and sisters! I'm Fr. Peter Clarke, OP filling in for my brother, Isidore. until he is well again. Kindly remember him in your prayers. In the Gospel for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time we have Jesus speaking to His disciples shortly before He goes towards His Crucifixion and Resurrection. I entitle this reflection 'LOADED WITH...
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Reflection On The Gospel (Matt.25.1-13) For 32nd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Reflection On The Gospel (Matt.25.1-13) For 32nd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
Greetings Brothers and Sisters. I'm Fr. Peter Clarke, filling in for my twin brother Isidore who is not well enough to compose his usual reflection on the Gospel for the Sunday Mass. I ask of you that you remember him in your prayers.Today we reflect on the Gospel for the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Matt.25.1-13). Jesus is here telling His discip...
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Monkey Business! By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

Monkey Business!  By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​A cat can look at a king and a king can look at a cat! Two priests can look at two Barbadian Green Monkeys and two Barbados Green Monkeys can look at two priests! Why not? Who's to stop them?Fr. Clement and I were in the chapel chanting the Evening Prayer of the Church, with God very much on our minds and in our hearts. Taking turns to sing the ve...
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Bodily into Eternity – The Assumption of Mary: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Bodily into Eternity – The Assumption of Mary:                              A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​During my novitiate year in 1950 Pope Pius XII declared as a dogma to be believed by Catholics as a matter of Faith that 'Mary, the immaculate perpetually Virgin Mother of God, after the completion of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven'.Many of us reacted, 'What's new? For years we've been reciting the Glorious My...
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Caribbean Celebrations: A Reflection On The Season By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Caribbean Celebrations: A Reflection On The Season By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Many of the islands of the Caribbean celebrate Carnival at some time in the year..The Carnival festival that was a prelude to the penitential season of Lent was transported to the Caribbean by the European slave traders. They excluded the African slaves from the festival and had lavish masquerade balls. On emancipation the freed African slaves of ...
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The Divine Nutcracker - A Reflection for Pentecost Sunday By: Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

The Divine Nutcracker - A Reflection for Pentecost Sunday        
By: Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Ever since Easter Sunday the Church in its Liturgy has been listening to the Apostles and St. Paul proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus…as it were, IN A NUTSHELL – the absolute essentials.We've been made aware of vast crowds becoming instant and fervent believers.Some had never heard of Jesus before.Others had been among those who had ...
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Good Friday: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Good Friday: A Reflection  By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
"FOR THE SAKE OF THE JOY WHICH LAY AHEAD OF HIM, HE ENDURED THE CROSS," (Hebr. 12.5)What a ghastly day, what a terrible day - the day on which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Mary, died on Calvary!And yet we name this, 'Good Friday!' – but not because we see it as being pleasant, enjoyable. For us this day is the most sacred of all days! ...
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I Am The Resurrection: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

I Am The Resurrection: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​I AM THE RESURRECTIONMartha was heart-broken that her brother, Lazarus, had died; relieved that Jesus had turned up to share her tears; disappointed in Jesus, she complained, "Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died." But she had a well-founded faith in Him, "Even now I know that God will grant whatsoever you ask Him." It was co...
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The Story of St. Valentine

The Story of St. Valentine
"The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the idea...
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Wasted Time - Thirty Years In The Life Of Jesus: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Wasted Time - Thirty Years In The Life Of Jesus: A Reflection                                By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​WASTED TIME-THIRTY YEARS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS?How did Jesus spend His life? After all, besides being the Son of Mary He was the Son God. He was making this world, our world, His very own! To tell the truth, during most of His life of about 34 years He did nothing out of the ordinary. For about 30 of those years He fitted into the life of the peopl...
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SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017: A Reflection by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND
WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017: A Reflection by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GODWORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017"They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks."Surely Micah's Messianic prophesy is very far from being fulfilled, (4.30)!Indeed, lethal weapons are more accessible than ever before in the whole history of mankind. Who can blame those who see ours as THE...
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WREATHS: A Reflection on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Advent by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

WREATHS: A Reflection on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Advent                      by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​WREATHSMention a wreath and our first thoughts are liable to be about funerals and Remembrance Days. In fact, the use of wreaths has an ancient and distinguished history.Centuries before the birth of Christ winners at the Greek Olympics had a wreath place upon their heads, likewise Roman emperors and victorious generals. In various ways they were ...
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