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Catholic Musings is a weekly thought based around the Sunday Mass readings.The podcast home is at There are also occasional additional broadcasts such as the Catholic Musings Film Reviews.

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3rd Sunday of Lent - The Woman of Samaria

March 10th, 2020


Consider the meeting of the Woman of Samaria with Jesus through the poetry of St John Paul the Great.Readings for the Third Sunday of Lent (Year A) …

2nd Sunday of Lent - No one but Jesus

March 1st, 2020


When the disciples looked up, they saw no one but Jesus. We can do the same.Readings for the Second Sunday of Lent (Year A) 8th March 2020.Reading 1Gn 12:1-4All the tribes of the earth shall bless themselves by …

1st Sunday of Lent - Satan

February 23rd, 2020


In Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” Satan is shown as alluring. Why did Jesus not succumb.Readings for the First Sunday of Lent (Year A) 1st March 2020.Reading 1Gn 2:7-9.3:1-7The creation of our first parents, …

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - God's Temple

February 16th, 2020


We are God’s Temple. We need to look at the Cross to see what that means.Readings for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 23rd February 2020.Reading 1Lev 19:1-2, 17-18You must love your neighbour, as …

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Simple Steps

February 9th, 2020


On first sight the Gospel today shows Jesus asking more of his disciples than the law says. But in fact he is making the journey easier.Readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 16th February 2020.Reading …

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Light

February 2nd, 2020


Light can be used to create the right mood. But these lights go out.Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 9th February 2020.Reading 1Isa 58:7-10Then will your light shine like the dawn.PsalmPs 111:4-9 …

The Presentation of the Lord - Encountering

January 26th, 2020


Simeon encountered Christ in the Temple. Others encountered him and left with hearts full or heavy. We encounter him too.Readings for the …

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Our true homeland?

January 19th, 2020


Our true home is in heaven. Where do our national allegiances stand?Readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 26th January 2020.Reading 1Isa 8:23b–9:3In Galilee of the nations the people have seen a great …

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - It is not enough

January 12th, 2020


Israel was told that it was not enough for them to be the Lord’s servant. There was more to do. There is more for us to do as well. Readings for the …

The Baptism of the Lord - For the Time Being

January 5th, 2020


It was right that things were as they were at the Baptism “for the time being” – but there is a different order to come.Readings for the Baptism of the Lord (Year A) 12th January 2020.Reading 1Isa 42:1-4, 6-7Here is my …

The Epiphany - Different Journey

December 29th, 2019


Having seen Jesus, the wise men went home a different way.Readings for the Epiphany (Year A) 5th January 2020.Reading 1Isa 60:1-6Above you the glory of the Lord appears.PsalmPs 71:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 r. cf. 11All …

The Holy Family - Settled

December 22nd, 2019


The Holy Family settled in Nazareth. God settled amongst us.Readings for the Holy Family (Year A) 29th December 2019.Reading 1Eccl 3:2-6. 12-14He who …

Christmas - Chaotic Christmas

December 18th, 2019


The Incarnation certainly did not take place in a well prepared Christmas Turkey and Ham Bethlehem!Readings for Christmas (Year A) 25th December 2019.Vigil MassReading 1Isa 62:1-5The Lord takes delight in you.PsalmPs …

4th Sunday of Advent - What if?

December 15th, 2019


What if Mary had said “No”?Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) 22nd December 2019.Reading 1Isa 7:10-14The maiden is with child.PsalmPs 23:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Let the Lord enter! He is the king of glory.Reading …

3rd Sunday of Advent - Expectations

December 8th, 2019


We need to open our eyes and unstop our ears to understand what our expectations really should be.Readings for the Third Sunday of Advent (Year A) …

2nd Sunday of Advent - Preacher in the Wilderness

December 1st, 2019


John meets people in the Wilderness. Jesus leaves the Wilderness to meet people.Readings for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year A) 8th December 2019.Reading 1Isa 11:1-10He judges the wretched with integrity.PsalmPs …

1st Sunday of Advent - Twofold Temple

November 24th, 2019


Isaiah speaks of going up to the Temple of the Lord. In this Advent season let us go to the new Temple. Jesus Christ.Readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year A) 1st December 2019.Reading 1Isa 2:1-5The Lord gathers …

Christ the King - Jeering

November 17th, 2019


The people jeered at Christ on the Cross. They jeer today as well.Readings for Christ the King Year C, 24th November 2019.2 Samuel 5:1-3Psalm …

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Apologetics

November 10th, 2019


Jesus said we are not to worry about what to say in our defence. Part of that is knowing which questions to answer.Readings for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 17th November 2019.Malachi 3:19-20Psalm 97;5-92 …

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Making sense of the past

November 3rd, 2019


So much in the scriptures point towards the resurrection. Let us not miss the signs.Readings for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 10th November 2019.2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14Psalm 16:1,5-6,8,152 Thessalonians …

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Climb the Cross

October 27th, 2019


We need to unite ourselves to the Cross of Jesus, just as Zacchaeus did.Readings for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 3rd November 2019.Wisdom 11:22-12:2Psalm 144:1-2,8-11,13b-142 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2Luke …

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Who am I?

October 20th, 2019


We can either examine ourselves or examine others. Only one of these will send us home at rights with God.Readings for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 27th October 2019.Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14,16-91Psalm …

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Persistence in Prayer

October 13th, 2019


Neither Moses nor Jesus turned to prayer as a last resort. Do we?Readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 20th October 2019.Exodus 17:8-13Psalm 1202 Timothy 3:14-4:2Luke 18:1-8

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 9 out of 10

October 6th, 2019


In their broken state the Jewish and Samaritan lepers were united, until one left.Readings for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 13th October 2019.2 Kings 5:14-17Psalm 97:1-42 Timothy 2:8-13Luke 17:11-19

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Do whatever he tells you

September 29th, 2019


Today’s Gospel seems disjointed. But Mary shows how it is one lesson to us.Readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 6th October 2019.Habakkuk 1:2-3,2:2-4Psalm 94:1-2,6-92 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14Luke 17:5-10

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Dive or Jump?

September 22nd, 2019


The rich man showed no desire to get out of his state in Hades. Do we?Readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 29th September 2019.Amos 6:1,4-7Psalm 145:7-101 Timothy 6:11-16Luke 16:19-31

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Choice

September 15th, 2019


It is not a choice between God and money. It is a choice about how we relate to each.Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 22nd September 2019.Amos 8:4-7Psalm 112:1-2,4-81 Timothy 2:1-8Luke 16:1-13 (or …

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Chosen

September 8th, 2019


Ever felt forgotten by God or His Church? Think again. You are chosen.Readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 15th September 2019.Exodus 32:7-11,13-14Psalm 50:3-4,12-13,17,191 Timothy 1:12-17Luke 15:1-32 …

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Building a Tower

September 1st, 2019


Jesus spoke of the man preparing to build a tower. The Tower of Babel has a message for us from the First Reading from Wisdom.Readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 8th September 2019.Wisdom 9:13-18Psalm …

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Citizen of Heaven

August 25th, 2019


Nothing, absolutely nothing, can prepare us for the glory of the Kingdom.Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 1st September …

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Persist

August 19th, 2019


As a secular world attempts to cut down the Church we must persist in our mission.Readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 25th August …

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Outrageous

August 12th, 2019


Both Jesus and Jeremiah suggest something shocking to the people of Israel.Readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 18th August 2019.Jeremiah 28:4-6,8-10Psalm 39:2-4,18Hebrews 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Blessed before, blessed after

August 4th, 2019


Abraham died in faith before receiving the promise, but he saw from a distance. Echoes of the words of Jesus to Thomas?Readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 11th August 2019.Wisdom 18:6-9Psalm …

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Agendas

July 28th, 2019


Jesus had an agenda he was speaking to, and then a man from the crowd asked something totally irrelevant. Do we do that?Readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 4th August 2019.Ecclesiastes 1:2,2:21-23Psalm …

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Breviary Views

July 21st, 2019


The disciples were encouraged be seeing Jesus pray. Do we encourage others?Readings for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 28th July …

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Context

July 14th, 2019


We need to see the story of Mary and Martha in the context of the Good Samaritan and also Lazarus. Readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year …

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Two Denarii

July 7th, 2019


The Good Samaritan returned on the Third Day. A Christ figure?Readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 14th July 2019.Deuteronomy …

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Dust off the keyboard

June 30th, 2019


The words of Jesus to the 72 are as appropriate in an Internet age as they are today. Readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 7th July …

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Wherever you go

June 23rd, 2019


The Samaritan villages would not assist Jesus because of where he was headed. Where are we headed?Readings for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year …

St Peter and St Paul - Becoming the men they had not been

June 23rd, 2019


Peter and Paul both became the men they had not been.Readings for St Peter and St Paul. 29th or 30th June 2019Vigil Mass:Acts 3:1-10Psalm …

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - No affair of persuasive speaking

June 16th, 2019


Jesus tells the disciples not to say who he is, but to take up his cross and follow him.Readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C, 23rd …

Corpus Christi - Who was Melchizedek?

June 16th, 2019


Melchizedek appears as quickly as he disappears in the Bible. Should we be bothered about him?Readings for Corpus Christi 23rd June 2019.Genesis …

The Most Holy Trinity - Relationship

June 9th, 2019


The three Persons of the Holy Trinity have a relationship to us. They are not functionaries.Readings for the Most Holy Trinity 16th June …

Pentecost Sunday - Not "Why?" but "How?"

June 2nd, 2019


Those who witnessed the day of Pentecost did not ask “Why?” but instead “How?” Mary asked the same question of Gabriel. Let us ask the same question as well.Readings for Pentecost 9th June 2019.Vigil MassGenesis 11:1-9 …

7th Sunday of Easter - Pray for the Spirit

May 26th, 2019


Pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit.Readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter. 2nd June 2019.Acts 7:55-60Psalm 96:1-2,6-7,9Apocalypse …

The Ascension of the Lord - No Man's Land

May 26th, 2019


The days between Ascension and Pentecost may be seen as a spiritual “No Man’s Land” – or else a period of great activity.Readings for the Ascension of Our Lord. Thursday 30th May 2019 or Sunday 2nd June 2019.Acts …

6th Sunday of Easter - This way up

May 19th, 2019


There are three timeless facts about the Ascension to which Jesus points us today.Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 26th May 2019.Acts 15:1-2,22-29Psalm 66:2-3,5-6,8Apocalypse 21:10-14,22-23John 14:23-29

5th Sunday of Easter - By this love

May 12th, 2019


Jesus tells his disciples that by the love they have for each other all will know they are his disciples. But it wasn’t an easy love he was speaking about.Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, 19th May 2019.Acts …

4th Sunday of Easter - Priest and Victim

May 5th, 2019


Jesus is both Shepherd and Sheep. But this dual nature does not stop there.Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, 12th May 2019.Acts 13:14,43-52Psalm 99:1-3,5Apocalypse 7:9,14-17John 10:27-30

3rd Sunday of Easter - Bring your fish

April 28th, 2019


Jesus tells his disciples to bring the fish they caught, but he already had some on the fire. What do we make of that?Readings for the Third Sunday of Easter, 5th May 2019 (Divine Mercy Sunday).Acts 5:27-32,40-41Psalm …

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) - Walls of freedom

April 21st, 2019


Thomas Merton, entering his monastery, spoke of being enclosed in the four walls of his new freedom. The Disciples in the locked room found a new freedom with the resurrected Christ.Readings for the Second Sunday of …

Easter - Why a rolled stone?

April 14th, 2019


We are told that the stone at the tomb was rolled away. But why? Jesus didn’t need it.Readings for Easter, 20th and 21st April 2019.Vigil MassRomans …

Good Friday - Humility to death

April 14th, 2019


When we kneel in the Passion we not only pause at the death of Our Lord. We also recall an extraordinary humility that the incarnate God should allow …

Holy Thursday - Anamnesis

April 11th, 2019


When we meditate we often have to work hard to enter into a mystery. At the Eucharist we enter into the reality of Our Lord’s Passion.Readings for …

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord - The Stones Will Cry Out

April 7th, 2019


Jesus declared that if his disciples were silent the stones would cry out. What did he mean by that? Perhaps it is a warning to us all not to deny …

5th Sunday of Lent - Teaching Interrupted

March 31st, 2019


Jesus was teaching to an interested audience when the Scribes and Pharisees tried to divert him from what he was doing as they brought to him the …

4th Sunday of Lent - A twitch upon the thread

March 24th, 2019


The Prodigal Son was able to travel to the ends of the earth, but (in the words of GK Chesterton) was able to be brought back “with a twitch upon the …

3rd Sunday of Lent - Flames of faith

March 17th, 2019


Jesus spoke to the people of the need to repent or perish. Moses found the presence of God in a burning bush which did not perish. Join Catholic …

2nd Sunday of Lent - Coming down to the Plain

March 10th, 2019


We may all have experiences of “highs” in our religious life, but how do we cope when we “come down” from these mountain tops?Join Catholic Musings …

1st Sunday of Lent - Temptations FOR the Devil

March 3rd, 2019


The Temptations of Jesus may not have been so much to tempt Jesus but to give the Devil assurance as to who Jesus was.Join Catholic Musings for a …

Ash Wednesday - What is the use of Ash?

February 27th, 2019


Ash has been used for many different things over the years, many of which can help us think about our spiritual journey on Ash Wednesday.
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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Planks in eyes

February 24th, 2019


The idea of taking the plank out of our own eye to attend to the splinter of others on one level is about not judging others – but it is also about …

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The New Adam

February 17th, 2019


Jesus is presented as the New Adam. Yet Adam is hardly mentioned in the New Testament. How can it relate to us today?Join Catholic Musings for a …

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Happiness

February 10th, 2019


In a recent survey most people said that they desired happiness most of all. Nothing has changed much over the last two thousand years as Jesus spoke …

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Leave me Lord

February 3rd, 2019


Simon Peter’s response to Jesus was “Leave me” – yet not that long ago in Advent we were asking for God to come amongst us. How do we interpret his …

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - He slipped through the crowd

January 27th, 2019


How could Jesus slip through the crowd of people who wanted to kill him and who knew him so well? Perhaps later events at Emmaus can help us …

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - All eyes were fixed on him

January 20th, 2019


The eyes of all in the Synagogue at Nazara were fixed on Jesus. So too are the eyes of the world on the Church and on us, ready to accept or reject …

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - An upside down world

January 13th, 2019


The great Epiphany accounts of the Magi and the Baptism of Jesus turn the order of this world upside down. So too does the Gospel account of the …

The Baptism of the Lord - What Jesus Did

January 6th, 2019


Do you rush out of Church as soon as Mass is over? Looking at what Jesus did after his Baptism gives us food for thought about what we do when we …

The Epiphany of the Lord - Worship for the sake of it

December 30th, 2018


An Epiphany hymn speaks of “kneeling before him, the Lord is his name” – our worship should be for the simple reason to worship our God and nothing …

Holy Family - Ponder and Grow

December 23rd, 2018


Mary pondered so much of the young Jesus as he grew up in the Holy Family. This pondering would be vital in giving her the strength she needed to …

Christmas - Preparation, Proclamation, Praise and Pondering

December 17th, 2018


The four Masses of Christmas give us four different ways of approaching this feast and Mary is an example of all these four. Join Catholic Musings …

4th Sunday of Advent - Leap in the presence of the Lord

December 16th, 2018


John the Baptist leapt in his mother’s womb when he came close to Our Lord. In this we see a perfect act of worship. Does our worship echo this? Join …

3rd Sunday of Advent - Rejoice?

December 9th, 2018


The Third Sunday of Advent (Year C) is always a day on which we are called to rejoice. Can we do so in a world filled with terror? And just what is …

2nd Sunday of Advent - Faults in the landscape

December 2nd, 2018


Depending on how we look at them mountains and valleys are either faults in the landscape or beautiful additions to them. Join Catholic Musings for a …

1st Sunday of Advent - Twofold coming of Our Lord

November 25th, 2018


St Cyril of Jerusalem said “Generally speaking, everything that concerns our Lord Jesus Christ is twofold.” Join Catholic Musings for a contemplation …

Christ the King - A Kingdom not of this world

November 18th, 2018


Christ the King – A Kingdom not of this worldJesus is the Universal King, not an appointed or elected President or Military Leader. He was also born …

33rd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Though Our Knees Might Be Shaking

November 11th, 2018


With readings written by people who experienced the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, or who knew of earlier ransackings of the Holy City, …

32nd Sunday In Ordinary Time - The Holy Souls

November 4th, 2018


Elijah met a widow who had no hope as she prepared for her death and that of her son. Compare that to the hope which Paul expresses in his letter to …

31st Sunday In Ordinary Time - Getting The Balance

October 28th, 2018


31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Getting the balance
Jesus speaks to the Scribe in the words of Deuteronomy, that we should love the Lord our God with …

30th Sunday In Ordinary Time - What Do You Want?

October 21st, 2018


Bartimaeus calls out loudly to Jesus, so much so that the crowd tell him to be quiet. But what happens next is a pattern which all of us can follow …

29th Sunday In Ordinary Time - I Can Do That!

October 14th, 2018


Jesus asked James and John if they could drink the cup he was to drink and be baptized with the baptism with which he would be baptised. They were …

28th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Filling The Pot

October 7th, 2018


The rich young man came to Jesus asking for eternal life. Jesus called on him to give away all he owned. Was this for the benefit of the poor or for the man himself? In his reflection on the Mass Readings for the …

27th Sunday In Ordinary Time - The Right Leader

September 30th, 2018


In the letter to the Hebrews Jesus is described as the "leader who would take them to salvation." Most people looking for a leader seek someone who …

26th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Into A Community Of Love

September 23rd, 2018


John came to Jesus and said that he tried to stop a man who was not one of them casting out demons in the name of Jesus. This passage says a lot to …

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