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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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The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ: A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ:          A Reflection By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the Feast of Corpus Christi, now known as, 'The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.'A number of years ago I did a bit of exciting detective work.In a stately home in the heart of England several stained glass windows show Dominicans,holding a monstrance, containing the Blessed Sacrament. Among them there's St. ...
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Reflection On The Holy Trinity By Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.

Reflection On The Holy Trinity By Fr. Isidore Clarke O.P.
​Trinity SundayGreetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity.Just before He ascended to Heaven the risen Lord commissioned His followers to continue His work."Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everythi...
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A Reflection For The Feast Of Pentecost By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection For The Feast Of Pentecost                                      By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the Feast of Pentecost -the birthday of the Church.In the 1950's I read a wonderful encyclical on the Holy Spirit, written by Pope Leo XIII.When I suggested it should be published, to my surprise and horror, I was told there was no demand for a pamphlet on the Holy Spirit!Thank God that has all changed.The Holy...
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Reflection On The Ascension Of Our Lord By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P

Reflection On The Ascension Of Our Lord                                                                By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ.This feast marks the conclusion of Christ's visible presence among us, the climax of His work of salvation.It means much more than Christ disappearing into the clouds 40 days after His resurrection.That is but a symbol of His ascent to glory with His Heavenly ...
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If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments (Jn. 14. 15): A Reflection On The Gospel For 6th Sunday Of Easter By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

If You Love Me You Will Keep My Commandments                        (Jn. 14. 15): A Reflection On The Gospel For 6th Sunday Of Easter  By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke.Today I'm going to reflect on the beginning of the Gospel for the 6th Sunday of Easter."If you love me you will keep my commandments,' (Jn. 14. 15).That's a constant theme in Christ's final discourse before His Passion.John, in his 1st Letter is very blunt.He tells us that anyone who claims to love God without kee...
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Reflection On The First Reading (Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7) By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

Reflection On The First Reading (Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7)                               By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on 5th Sunday of Easter.Instead of reflecting on today's Gospel I'm going to share my thoughts on the first Reading, (Acts of the Apostles 6. 1-7).This brought home to me the dangers of idealisingthe past -what we think were the 'Good Old Days.' We think they were better than modern times. But our perceptions can ...
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The Good Shepherd: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.

The Good Shepherd: A Reflection On The Sunday Gospel                                                     By Fr. Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on Good Shepherd Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Easter.In Chapter 9 of St. John's Gospel we read that Jesus had angered some Jewish religious leaders by giving sight to a blind man on the Sabbath. He condemned their wilful blindness in failing to see that by giving sight to the blind man He was fulfilling one of the Me...
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The Lord Accompanies Us As We Journey Through Life: A Reflection on The Sunday Gospel, Lk. 24. 13-35 By Fr. Isadore Clarke, O.P.

The Lord Accompanies Us As We Journey Through Life: A Reflection on The Sunday Gospel,  Lk. 24. 13-35                                                                            By Fr. Isadore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on 3rd Sunday of Easter.I'm going to reflect on today's Gospel, (Lk. 24. 13-35).This is about the risen Lord meeting two disciples on the road to Emmaus.St. Luke wrote a two volume work, the first being the Gospel itself, which describes the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Himself.In his second volume Luke s...
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A Reflection On The 2nd Sunday In Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday By Fr Isidore Clarke, O.P.

A Reflection On The 2nd Sunday In Easter - Divine Mercy Sunday                                                                                 By Fr Isidore Clarke, O.P.
​Greetings from Fr. Isidore Clarke on the 2nd Sunday of Easter, which is known as 'Divine Mercy Sunday.'"Peace be with you!"That was the risen Lord's greeting when He first appeared to His followers.They certainly needed that reassurance.His brutal crucifixion had dashed all the hopes they had placed in Him.As His followers, they were in danger of ...
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