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Today’s Readings – Monday of week 6 of Easter - First Reading

Commentary on Acts 16:11-15

Following on his vision of the young Macedonian man, Paul and his companions decide to cross over from Troas and head towards the town of Philippi.

On the way they passed through Samothrace (a place made famous by the magnificent marble sculpture of Victory on display in the Louvre at Paris) and Neapolis (= New City, a name it shares with Naples among other places).

Samothrace was actually an island in the north-eastern Aegean Sea, lying just half way between Troas and Neapolis. It was a convenient place for boats to anchor rather than risk sailing at night.

Neapolis was the seaport for Philippi, about 16 km (10 miles) away. Today it is known as Kavalla.

Philippi, as Acts tells us, was a major town in the principal district of t … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Sixth Sunday of Easter (B)

Commentary on Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17

THE THEME OF TODAY’S MASS is clearly love. When we see a film or television programme, when we hear people singing on the radio, the subject is very often about love. Even in the church, we speak … Continue

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