14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 9 July 2023 (’08) : 14thSUNinORDINARY : A

1. ZECH9:9-10!

Striking depiction-of-TheComingKing!

Victorious, humble, riding on a donkey!

He will Banish-All-TheInstruments-of-War!

HisReign-Over-All will be One-of-Prosperity&Healing&Wholeness!

2. PS144:1-2, 8-11, 13-14!

Why such-a-gap, between Eulogy-of-YAHWEH, &Dearth-ofHisRelevantEmbodiment?

3. ROM8:9, 11-13!

Sounds great! TheBreath-of-God-has-Made-HisHome-in-You! So why is there appar-ently such overwhelming desire in us, to Lead-UnSpiritual-Lives? Are we so spaced-out?

4. MT11:25-30!

One of the great, yet largely unexplored, GospelDeclarations! ‘MyBurden-is-Light…’


Who is right? Those who think ChurchMembership is TheAnswer?

Or those who think that it’s TheRealQuestion?

* Both! One’s for when you’re asleep! The other’s for when you’re awake!

* Depends if you’re rootin’ for ELOHIM, or YAHWEH!

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A 2023 (’02)

Sunday 2nd July 2023(’02) : 13thSUNinORDINARY : A

1. 2K4:8-11, 14-16 (What about vv12-13?)

* Read 4:1-44! Some wonder-stories involving the prophet Elisha!

* What are The5PrincipalConcerns expressed in these stories?

* In what ways is this an exploration of childlessness, its causes, &its remedies?

* How did TheShunamitess ‘know’ that Elisha was a ‘holy man of god’?

* In 20words, what is the origin of Elisha’s ‘power’? (Read 2K2!)

* What is happening in my local church about hunger death poverty &other dangers?

* Who would be reckoned a ‘holy man or woman of God’?

2. THE PSALM : 88:2-3, 16-19 (So meagre!)

* Read 88(89):1-52! Prayer of&for the king, for Yahweh’s covenant-support!

* This style of enthusiastic affirmation, how does it affect the day-to-day?

* In which 7Ways does Yahweh offer a response to a psalm like this?

* In 15words, how would I express ‘Yahweh’sTruth’?

* What is the relation between ‘HisTruth’ & ‘HisLove’? &Which is more significant?

3. ROM6:3-4, 8-11

* In what 5Ways have I been ‘plunged-into-Christ’? Have these involved ‘death’?

* Is there a hint here that ‘Baptism’ in Paul’s time consisted in a ‘drowning’?

* How did TheChurch become satisfied with a ‘sprinkling-of-water’ for this ritual?

* How is ‘rising-from-the-tomb’ symbolised in our modern baptismal ceremony?

* if Christ died once-for-to-sin, why does this not seem to happen for us?

* Should there be a second baptismal ritual, at Easter, for every adult Christian?

* Has the ‘washing’ symbolism of Baptism ousted the ‘dying&being-raised’ aspect?

4. MT10:37-42

* Can I tentatively name 20Factors I prefer, at least occasionally,

or at least unconsciously, to Jesus (the puny Jesus of actual discipleship)?

* What criteria have I got, to know am I ‘worthy of Jesus’?

* In what ways is my local church ‘worthy of Jesus’? Or not?

* How adequate is our current presentation&inculcation of Jesus?

Vis-à-vis the narrative-model portrayed in each gospel?

Vis-à-vis the dogmatic elaboration of the early Councils?

Vis-à-vis His embodiment by such as Francis Teresa Romero?

5. The presence&action of the BlessedOne, is it like this?

As usual, the family called into the café for ice-cream & coffee after the Sunday Mass! There were Bridie&Patsy, &the three kids, Rebecca, Celia, &Siobhán, aged between 5&9years! ‘Well’, said Bridie, when everyone was fixed up, ‘What did we hear this morning?’ ‘Very little!’, retorted Siobhán, the eldest, as she spooned coffee onto her ice-cream, ‘they all rattled on too quick for me! the only word I heard was “cold water”!’ ‘Yes’, said Rebecca, ‘I heard “a cup of cold water”, yuk! Cappuccino for me any day!!’ ‘But back in OurLord’s day…’, said Patsy! ‘Well, they should change it, so that kids now won’t yuk when they hear these things!’ ‘And you, Celia?’ said Bridie! ‘I just sat there thinking, “Gosh, I’d love to be eating scoops an’ scoops of honeycomb ice-cream!’ ‘So was I!!’ said her two sisters, as one voice! Patsy winked at his wife & laffed, ‘Well, a mhilis! I guess Jesus looks at the five of us, &says, “There’s TheHendersons! One family at least who always have a new angle on things…!”…’

6. RIDDLE Who best represents Jesus?

One who fully experienced & lives her adult initiation?

One who officially rules TheChristianChurch?

One who models the struggle-for-truth of the narrative Jesus?

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 25 June 2023 (’08): 12thSUNinORDINARY : A

1. JER20:10-13!

Anyone in my local church suffering from ‘Slings&Arrows’ similar to Jeremiah’s? If more of us were seeped in TheProphets, &TheJesusStories, we’d recognise similarities!

2. PS68:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35!

Would knowledge of these ancient ‘agony-prayers’ help any of us? Is my local church sufficiently interested to search-out, &assuage, the many suffering disparagement?

3. ROM5:12-15!

Paul on ‘TheOrigins-of-Sin&Death’, a mix of certainty&vagueness! Perhaps his understanding, of what is called ‘Sin’&’Death’ is different? &What am I doing about it?

4. MT10:26-33!

Even as a ChristDisciple, which 3PrincipalFears are still Infecting-MyLifeMinistry?

Again, as a ChristDisciple, which 3PrincipalAntidotes-to-Fear have I found&applied?


TheUnacknowledgedPrevalence-of-Intimidations in my local church, so-what?

* ‘Listen! Lave all that til Th’ Guards, or Th’ Vigilantes!’

* God, if we only realised that it’s actually JesusHimself is Suffering-TheDepredations!

* Did TheTemple not turn a blind eye to much suffering&distress all-over?

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 18 June 2023 (’08): 11thSUNinORDINARY : A

1. EXOD19:2-6!

Again, notice the occurrence together of two narrative divinities : ‘God=ELOHIM, &TheLord=YAHWEH’! Of the two, whose Agenda is being presented-to-Moses?

2. PS99:2-3, 5!

Pious applause for ‘TheLord=YAHWEH’! But, ELOHIM’SPeople Called-TheShots…

3. ROM5:6-11!

Again, note that in this version of ‘TheRomans’, we are treated to more male talk! Also, ‘Sinners, Enemies, God’sAnger’! Is this mitigated by his saying, ‘We’re reconciled…’?

4. MT9:36 — 10:8!

Why is He quoted as saying to TheDisciples, ‘Don’t enter Samaritan or Pagan territory’? Surely there were ‘lost sheep’ there too? Even in ‘PaganIreland’! Today too!


TheFirstCommandment-of-ELOHIM : Be-Obedient, &Know-Your-Place!

TheFirstCommandment-of-YAHWEH : BeCompassionate-to-All, No-Matter-Who!

Which-of-These (apart from TheOtherGods), is inculcated in my local church?

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The Body and Blood of Christ Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 11 June 2023 (’08) : THE BODY&BLOOD OF CHRIST : A

Apart from ‘transsubstantiation’, &’instituting a sacrament’ etc, other important understandings of TheChristEvent are enshrined in TheRitual-of-TheFinalMeal :

* HisWords-to-TheBread&TheWine hinted HisOwnMotto,

which He was also Entrusting-to-HisDisciples, ‘Me-for-You’,

a motto that orientated Him to EveryOne-He-Met!

* HisWords also hinted another rendering of HisLife’sMotto,

also Entrusted-to-EachDisciple :


1. DEUT8:2-3, 14-16!

Apart from ‘HolyCommunion’, which I’m told is ‘MySpiritualFood’, what is actually my day-to-day ‘nurture’, for better or worse, in this ’21stC.Wilderness’? Wow, what a cocktail of chancey foods&drinks&all the other strut-your-funky-stuff…

2. PS147:12-15, 19-20!

Yes, ‘Peace=Wholeness/Prosperity’ is established! But it will never last! Unless His ‘Laws&Decrees’ are truly-internalised! That-is, ‘BeCompassionate-to-All!’…

3. 1COR10:16-17!

‘TheBlessingCup’ is the name of TheThird of TheFourCups-of-ThePassoverRitual! ‘Body’ here signifies ‘Solidarity’: both with ‘Christ’sTruth’, &’EachOther’sTruth’!


Marvellously eloquent song! But very ecclesiastical, medieval, &masculine! Lurking there too, the centuries-old fascination with the ‘transsubstantiation’ : to the practical occlusion of what is at least as crucial : HisEntrusting-HisMotto-to-AllDisciples!

5. JN6:51-58! (Give this great chapter a good slow chew-chew!)

Another example of this storyteller’s ‘irony’ : when someone, disciple or crowd, hears a word or phrase to mean something other! Often, this facilitates eventual understanding!

Start by hearing the terms ‘Body, Flesh, Blood’, as HisTotality-as-HeavenlyNurture…


‘Come-on! What’s TheBody&Blood-of-Christ, really? An’ no ifs&buts…’

* TheMass, instituted at TheLastSupper, &handed over to TheMen-He-Ordained!

* It’s TheEnhancedPassover, which should be Celebrated-at-eachFamilyTable!

* TheTotality-of-TheChristGift : given to EachDisciple-as-Exemplar&Nurture!

* It’s TheCorpusChristiProcession, which should be brought back, to help devotion!

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The Most Holy Trinity Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 4 June 2023 (’08) : THE MOST HOLY TRINITY : A

1. EXOD34:4-6, 8-9!

The/Lord! Properly named YAHWEH! Presented as masculine in biblical narratives! TheOne-of-Tenderness&Compassion! But usually depicted by ELOHIM’S Scribes as moody&irrational : to give the impression that ELOHIM is the more attractive…

2. DAN3:52-56!

Isn’t it safer to ‘Bless-YAHWEH’S-Name’, than to untangle Him from the machinations of TheTemple scribes, &thereafter proceed to Incarnate-HisCompassion-for-All…?

3. 2COR13:11-13!

Apart from ‘TheHolyKiss’, I can imagine these phrases falling like a shower of confetti!

But aren’t they also a huge challenge to my local church, ‘What really enthuses us?’…

4. JN3:16-18!

Can I credit that this cut&dried declaration is really ‘Words-of-Jesus’? One way or another, ‘Belief-in-TheSon’ seems central! That is, ‘Base-YourTotal-Life-in-TheChrist’!


What relevance has ‘TheTrinity’ for this 21stCentury?

‘Well, it’s still the infallible doctrine of TheChurch!’

‘Isn’t it used in all TheSacraments?’

‘It’s a hint of the loving intimacy called-for in the local church!’

‘It’s a compromise exposition of TheThreeAncientBiblicalDivinities,

Elohim, Yahweh, &Chokmah!’

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Pentecost Sunday Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 28 May 2023 (’08) : PENTECOST

(Pentecost=Shevuôth! Feast-of-Sevens=Weeks : FiftyDays-after-Passover)

(&Look! OurLady-of-Fatima on Tuesday!)

1. AA2:1-11!

‘TheApostles’! Did that include WomenApostles, like MaryMagdalene? Or does it reflect the early masculinising of the various aspects of development of ‘TheChurch’?

2. PS103:1, 24, 29-31, 34 (More pick ‘n’ choose!)

We remember, that ‘spirit=breath’! So, in what ways am I valuing the gift of every breath? &Using my breath as consciously&compassionately as I can, for all?

3. 1COR12:3-7, 12-13!

I was taught to rhyme-off ‘TheSevenGifts-of-TheHolyGhost’! How was I enabled to actualise them as Rules&Skills&Resources-of-MyLife-as-Disciple?


Earnest rhetoric indeed! Full of pious inhalation! But which thought or image can I pluck, &place in my heart, &seek the reality-of, in this PentecostEucharist?

5. JN20:19-23!

In JN, TheHolyBreath-is-Bestowed on TheDisciples (women included?) on or near EasterSunday! But has TheStoryteller ‘Cooped-TheBreath’, by referring only to ‘sins’?


Why so-much Talk-Of, but so-little Evidence-Of, TheHolyBreath-of-TheChrist?

‘He’s active! but y’ just don’t recognise Him!’

‘We still lack the strong rituals that would channel It!’

‘Members-of-Church don’t need TheBreath, as urgently as ChristDisciples do!’

‘Because TheCharisms-of-Prophecy&Healing are not “politically correct”..’

Ascension of the Lord Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 21 May 2023 (’08) : THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD : A


(&What’s being communicated? &How? &By-whom? &To-whom?

&On whose behalf? &Is it intelligible? &Anyone being excluded?)

1. AA1:1-11!

How has HisHolyBreath come to me, &enabled me to be HisWitness everywhere I go?

2. PS46:2-3, 6-9!

‘King-over-All-TheEarth’! So as to BringHealing-to-All-through-HisLovers!! Wow!!

3. EPH1:17-23!

Does being Followers-of-Christ make us ‘BigDeal’? Or HappyContinuers-of-HisWork?

4. MT28:16-20!

‘Make-Disciples-of-Everyone’! Not merely ‘ObedientClones’, but ‘Prophets&Healers’!

‘I-Am-with-You-Always’! ‘I-Am’, TheCompassionateOne, YearningEmbodiment!


Why TheEmphasis-on-HisAscension’? A narrative of divine honour? Left space for TheDisciples-to-Open-TheirCharisms? Opened onto TheDescent-of-TheHolyBreath?

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6th Sunday of Easter Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 14th May 2023 (’08) : 6thSUNofEASTER

1. AA8:5-8, 14-17!

Is ‘preaching’ more fruitful if accompanied by ‘miracles’?

2. PS65:1-7, 16, 20!

Since before, &during my life, what has ‘God-Done-for-MySoul’?

Am I asking Him to enable my local chuch to become more ‘real’?

3. 1PET3:15-18!

What is TheHope-that-is-In-Me? What are My10Reasons-for-ThisHope?

4. JN14:15-21!

‘I-in-MyFather, You-in-Me, &I-in-You’! What a vision! &TheKey-is-Love!!


What is ThePurpose-of-MyLife-on-ThisPlanet? Save-MySoul?

Absolutely-Enjoy-MySelf? Be-a-Healer-of-All?

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5th Sunday of Easter Cycle A 2023 (’08)

Sunday 7th May 2023 (’08) : 5thSUNofEASTER

1. AA6:1-7!

Why were 7Women not chosen, &prayed-with, so as then to care for the widows?

Or, is the term ‘disciples’ here, coming to have an exclusively male connotation?

2. PS32:1-2, 4-5, 18-19!

A hint here about the importance of music in the ritual-of-joy!

‘Yahweh-Fills-TheEarth-with-HisLove’! Any signs of this intriguing claim in Ireland?

3. 1PET2:4-9!

This language inclines towards institutional self-flattery, pulling the wool over our own eyes!We must always look for the concrete embodiment of it in the local church!

4. JN14:1-12!

Are there inspired voices in my local church, that put the searching revealing questions? Or is that sort of prophetic unpeeling-of-truth discouraged in various ways?


How useful, welcome, or encouraged, is TheCharism-of-Prophecy?

Like TheCharism-of-Healing, has it been Hidden-out-in-TheHenhouse?

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