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Reflection On Matt. 23. 1-12 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection On Matt. 23. 1-12 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke. Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matt. 23. 1-12).This makes uncomfortable reading for preachers.Although the Scribes and Pharisees form the immediate target of today's Gospel its criticism is directed to preachers, parents and to all who have the responsibility of tellin...
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Finely Tuned By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Finely Tuned By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​FINELY TUNEDA young lad proudly approached us carrying an enormous cello, bigger than himself. Who could blame me for groaning, "That child gives me an inferiority complex!" "Me, too! "He's my youngest son!" sighed the woman standing next to me. I'd put my foot in it once again!The occasion was Spode Conference Annual Classical Music Week. Keen gi...
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Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greeting from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matt. 22. 34-40.Here's a challenge for you!Imagine someone asked you, as a Christian, which was the most important commandment.He could be a genuine inquirer, wanting to discover what you thought was at the heart of following Christ. Or he c...
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A Reflection On The Gospel Matt. 22. 15-21 For The 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Gospel  Matt. 22. 15-21 For The 29th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 29th Sunday for Ordinary Time, Matt. 22. 15-21.In this famous Gospel Jesus avoided being trapped into being a traitor to His own people or being charged as a revolutionary against the Roman occupying forces.It's downright foolish – a waste of time and effort to try to o...
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A Reflection on Matthew 22: 1-14 By Fr. Isidore, Clarke, OP

A Reflection on Matthew 22: 1-14 By Fr. Isidore, Clarke, OP
Greetings, from Fr. Isidore Clarke. Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew 22. 1-14.This contains two related parables. In these the Kingdom of Heaven is presented as the wedding banquet of a certain king's son -obviously God's. Firstly, the invitation and how people respond to it. Such an invitation woul...
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A Reflection On The Gospel Of Matthew 21:33-43 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Gospel Of Matthew 21:33-43 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Over the past few weeks we have had a series of parables about the Kingdom of Heaven.God has called us to work for His Kingdom and rewards us beyond what any of us deserves; some respond better than others to God's call, but most of us very imperfectly.In today's Scripture Readings the theme of working for the King...
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An Awesome Place By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

An Awesome Place By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​"How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven," Jacob exclaimed in what most of us would consider the most unlikely of places -a stony wilderness (Gen. 28. 17). I have found the patriarch's words to be so true in what most people would dismiss as secular, as distinct from sacred, places such as ch...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.In last Sunday's Gospel Jesus told a parable showing God's generosity, in rewarding with the gift of His very self even to those who are late in coming to work for Him.This surpasses what any of us deserves.In today's Gospel for 26th Sunday, Matthew 21. 28-32, Jesus switches His attention from God to us and our me...
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It's Not Fair! A Reflection On Matthew 20. 1-16 By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

It's Not Fair!  A Reflection On Matthew 20. 1-16                            By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew 20. 1-16.It's not fair!That was the reaction of the labourers who'd worked all day in the heat.They expected to receive a higher wage than those who'd worked for only an hour in the cool of the evening.I'm sure we would agree with th...
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Reflection For The 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection For The 24th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A)        By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Last week's Scripture Readings taught us that love for the community and the individual demanded that we should correct each other's faults.In the Gospel for this, the 24th Sunday of Ordinary time, Jesus teaches the need for us to forgive those who harm us.That's Matthew 18. 21-35."Forgive us our trespasses, as we ...
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Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Feast Of The Exaltation Of The Cross:                                           A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke as we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.What a crazy thing to do; what a barbaric thing to do –to glorify in the brutal instrument used to execute a criminal! And yet that is what we Christians do. We have crucifixes in our homes and wear them round our necks. But Paul tells us that the folly of t...
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Reflection For The 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

Reflection For The 23rd Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A)        
By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the readings for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. They're all about our duty to correct each other.Not my problem!I'm not getting involved!That can so easily be our reaction when we see someone doing what is wrong.But today's 1st Reading and Gospel shout, "Wrong, wrong, wrong!"God exp...
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Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP.

Reflection On The Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP.
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matt. 16. 13-20).What's in a name?Well, we use a name to distinguish one person from another. Our names give us a personal identity. Titles, such as 'Prime Minister' or 'Prior' denote someone's role in the community.In today's Gospel we fir...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28) For 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28) For 20th Sunday Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, OP
Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, (Matthew ch. 15. 21-28).This is about Jesus curing the daughter of the Canaanite woman.How could Jesus treat this poor woman with such contempt?How could Hecall her a dog?We'd be in serious trouble with the law if we spoke in such a way to p...
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A Reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord         By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the feast of the Lord's Transfiguration!'Lord, It's Good to be here!'I've often felt like that!Sometimes, when I've been comfortably tucked up in bed and am reluctant to get up –especially early on a cold dark morning.Or, when I've been enjoying a good holiday with my family or close friends.We wish the good ti...
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Reflection On the Gospel Matt. 13. 44-52 - 17th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On the Gospel Matt. 13. 44-52 - 17th Sunday In Ordinary Time (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke, on 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Today I'm going to reflect on its Gospel, (Matt. 13. 44-52).In today's two parables Jesus gives us a new angle on the Kingdom of Heaven.He knows we all love to find a bargain –either by accident or a lengthy search. Firstly, Jesus draws on the custom of people hiding their valuabl...
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A Reflection On The Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) For 16th Sunday In Ordinary TIme (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Gospel (Matthew 13. 24-43) For 16th Sunday In Ordinary TIme (Cycle A) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time.Today I'm going to continue our reflections on parables in which Jesus uses different aspects of cultivation to tell us about the Kingdom of Heaven.Here, in Matthew 13. 24-43, it's a question of what to do about the weeds.During the 2nd World War my brothers and I used to grow our o...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23)              By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time. I'm going to reflect on today's Gospel , Matthew 13. 1-23.This chapter contains a number of parables, telling us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like.These provide variations on the shared theme of cultivation.That would appeal to farmers and gardeners.As one parable jogged the m...
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A Reflection On The Gospel For 14th Sunday Of Ordinary Time (Matthew 11: 25-30) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Gospel For 14th Sunday Of Ordinary Time (Matthew 11: 25-30) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Matthew 11. 25-30.This begins with Jesus exclaiming, "I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children."What has God hidden from the wise and revealed to litt...
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A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
Greeting from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for 13th Sunday ofOrdinary Time, Matthew 10. 37-42.'What an adorable child; what an adorable kitten!' people will drool. Pop stars will sing of adoring their beloved.We may well think we owe total, unconditional love and loyalty to our family or country. Gallantly we would sa...
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