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Today’s Readings – Monday of week 2 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on 1 Sam 15:16-23
Although Saul had carried out his mandate to defeat the Amalekites, enemies of Israel, he displeased God because he and his men used the victory to plunder and gather all the spoils to themselves. Saul tried to justify his behaviour by claiming that the best of the sheep and oxen seized by his men would be sacrificed to God.

“Truly, obedience is better than sacrifice,

Rebellion is a sin of sorcery,

In so speaking, Samuel is not condemning sacrificial practise as such but that ritual which is not accompanied by appropriate behaviour in our relationships with God and others is of no value (cf. Is 1:11-17; Hos 6:6; Amos 5:21-27; Mic 6:6-8). To act against God’s known will while doing homage to something which is not of God (e.g. perso … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sunday of week 2 of Ordinary Time

Commentary on Isaiah 49:3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

TODAY WE BEGIN again the Sundays in the Ordinary Season of the year. On most Sundays, we will be following the gospel of Matthew. However, today’s Gospel reading is from John.

Our readings speak about … Continue

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