The better part

On the Gospel of Luke (10:38-42)

The Gospel for this 16th Sunday of ordinary time presents us with the story of the visit of Jesus to the home of the sisters Martha and Mary. Martha is a kind and caring host who, we are told, welcomes Jesus into her home. She then gets herself into a frenzy of activity preparing everything for the Lord. By contrast, Martha’s sister Mary sits at the Lords feet, savouring his presence among them and listening attentively to what he has to say. Is it any wonder that Martha complains bitterly to the Lord about the apparent inactivity of her sister? “Please tell her to help me”, Martha demand of Jesus. In response Jesus gently tells Martha not to fret over so many things. Instead be like Mary who has chosen the better part. That’s all very well we might ask. But such an attitude will not prepare the food or get the house clean and indeed there is truth in this. But perhaps it would be better to say that if we did this all the time then nothing would get done. But that is not what Jesus is saying to Martha and to us.

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Go, and do the same yourself

On the Gospel of Luke (10:25-37)

At the beginning of this week’s gospel passage, we see a lawyer, someone who is well versed in the art of arguing, confronting Jesus with a question. It is written in the passage that the lawyer was trying to “disconcert” Jesus, or, in other words, embarrass or upset Jesus. So many times, we ourselves ask God questions while thinking that we know the answer ourselves and simply want God to conform to what we feel is the best response to a given situation.

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Preach the gospel to all nations

On the Gospel of Luke (10:1-9)

In today’ gospel  (Luke 10:1-9) we see the Lord appointing his disciples to go ahead of him to preach the gospel to all peoples and thus pass on the gift of faith which they had already received from Him.

The desire to pass on our faith is one of the essential aspects of being a Christian and one which motivated St. Dominic to found the Order of Preachers. Now, as in St. Dominic’s time, there is great need to preach Christian values to a culture which has largely forgotten the gospel and is increasingly influenced by forms of Gnosticism and of New Age Spirituality which are incompatible with Christ’s teaching and implicitly deny that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world.

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The Presence of Jesus

On the Gospel of Luke 9:51-62

This week’s Gospel is again taken from the Gospel of Luke chapter nine (Lk 9:51-62). The time is drawing near that Jesus will be taken up to Heaven and He sets His eyes on Jerusalem. At the end of the opening paragraph we read that “he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luk 9:51 RSV). The use of the word ‘ face’ or ‘presence’ (προσωπον) seems interesting here. ‘ Face’ here can be denoting the physical face of a body, but also a presence. In the Gospels of Luke, where the word is used as face, it always has to do with the presence of the person.

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The Pope’s Visit to the Dominican Convent of Santa Maria del Rosario

On Thursday the 24th of June, the Pope visited a community of cloistered nuns in the Dominican convent of Santa Maria del Rosario in Rome’s Monte Mario district. The picture, as seen on the side, is the picture St. Dominic brought to San Sisto when he established the nuns there.

 

Please find the homily Pope Benedict XVI gave on the occasion below:

 

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Pope Benedict XVI on Saint Thomas Aquinas – Part 3

On the Wednesday General Audience of the 23th of June 2010, Pope Benedict XVI continued and completed his exposition on Saint Thomas Aquinas O.P.

This week the Pope is talking about the The Summa Theologiae. Please find a translation of the text below:

 

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Father Paul Murray on the Dominican Priesthood

 

The Irish Province of the Dominicans celebrated a day on the Dominican Priesthood to mark the close the year of the priests.

On the occasion Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and Father Paul Murray OP presented a paper on “the Priesthood in the Dominican Order“.

For the recording of the talk of Bishop Fisher OP, please click here.

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Pope Benedict XVI on Saint Thomas Aquinas – Part 2

During the Wednesday General Audience of the 16th of June 2010, Pope Benedict XVI continued his exposition on Saint Thomas Aquinas O.P.

The Pope talked about the link between philosophy and theology. Please find the text from the Vatican below:

 

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Pope Benedict XVI on Saint Thomas Aquinas – Part 1

 

During the Wednesday General Audience of the 2nd of June 2010, Pope Benedict XVI started his exposition on Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Please find the text from the Vatican below:

 

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Bishop Anthony Fisher OP on the Dominican Priesthood

The Irish Province of the Dominicans celebrated a day on the Dominican Priesthood to mark the close the year of the priests.

On the occasion Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and Father Paul Murray OP both presented a paper on “the Priesthood in the Dominican Order“. Please read on for the full text of the paper.

For a recording of the talk of Fr. Murray OP, please click here.

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