Take your part in Mass when on holiday

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It has never been easier to find out the times of masses and the locations of churches. Your reliable friend is Google! (Other search engines are, of course, available!)

Just type in ‘Catholic churches in X‘, (ie the place you are visiting.)

You will probably be provided with a list of churches and a map. If you are lucky the website of each church will come up too, and that is where you will be able to check Mass times quickly and easily.

Many churches will provide you with the Sunday readings in English, but if they don’t then why not get the Universalis App. for your phone. It gives you the readings of the Mass for each day in English, and also the Order of Mass in English and in the major European languages as well as in some African and Indian languages. It is also, of course, a helpful spiritual resource for all year round.

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Taste and See: Willing to change and be changed?

Living Eucharist

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The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me.

He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’

First reading for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 2:2-5

The prophet, as the scriptures regularly emphasis, is difficult for any community to accommodate. He/she is grit in the eye and the first reaction is to get rid of him/her, so we can stay as we are…

But often enough how we are is not how we should be. We need challenge. The challenger…

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Speak Lord: Help us to unity with you

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The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me.

He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to the rebels who have turned against me. Till now they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me. The sons are defiant and obstinate; I am sending you to them, to say, “The Lord says this.” Whether they listen or not, this set of rebels shall know there is a prophet among them.’

First reading for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 2:2-5

The Lord so rarely seems to ask for anything that is easy!

But always he calls us to his side, always he shares with us what matters to him…

Painted glass. All Saints Pastoral Centre, London Colney. © 2007, Allen Morris.

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Speak Lord: Gracious one…

Living Eucharist

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Our eyes are on the Lord till he shows us his mercy.

To you have I lifted up my eyes,
you who dwell in the heavens;
my eyes, like the eyes of slaves
on the hand of their lords.

Like the eyes of a servant
on the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes are on the Lord our God
till he show us his mercy.

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
We are filled with contempt.
Indeed all too full is our soul
with the scorn of the rich,
with the proud man’s disdain.

Psalm for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Psalm 122(123)

The great and the lowly, all of us, rely on the mercy of God. Each one of us has reason to repent and regret aspects of how we have lived and relate to others. We rely on the graciousness of God to make good…

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Speak Lord: strength beyond our strength…

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In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.

Second reading for the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
2 Corinthians 12:7-10

St Paul was no pushover. His exertions…

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Speak Lord: God in Ordinary

Living Eucharist

DSC06575aJesus went to his home town and his disciples accompanied him. With the coming of the sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him? This is the carpenter, surely, the son of Mary, the brother of James and Joset and Jude and Simon? His sisters, too, are they not here with us?’ And they would not accept him. And Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations and in his own house’; and he could work no miracle there, though he cured a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Gospel for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary…

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Taste and See: Life under threat

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Death was not God’s doing,
he takes no pleasure in the extinction of the living.
To be – for this he created all;
the world’s created things have health in them,
in them no fatal poison can be found,
and Hades holds no power on earth;
for virtue is undying.

Yet God did make man imperishable,
he made him in the image of his own nature;
it was the devil’s envy that brought death into the world,
as those who are his partners will discover.

First reading for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 1:13-15,2:23-24

Intertestemental writings suggest that the reason for the devil’s antipathy to humanity was that, as Genesis attests, men and women are made in the image and likeness of God. The Devil, an angel, lacked this likeness, and in his pride falls from grace and wreaks horrors in this world.

Yet God is no distant observer…

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Taste and See: Yours for the taking…

Living Eucharist

DSC08759aWhen Jesus had crossed in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered round him and he stayed by the lakeside. Then one of the synagogue officials came up, Jairus by name, and seeing him, fell at his feet and pleaded with him earnestly, saying, ‘My little daughter is desperately sick. Do come and lay your hands on her to make her better and save her life.’ Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed him; they were pressing all round him.

Now there was a woman who had suffered from a haemorrhage for twelve years; after long and painful treatment under various doctors, she spent all she had without being any the better for it, in fact, she was getting worse. She had heard about Jesus, and she came up behind him through the crowd and touched his cloak. ‘If I can touch even his clothes,’…

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