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Today’s Readings – Sunday of Week 29 in Ordinary time

Commentary on Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45


OFTEN, IT IS SAID, when looking for a job it is not what you know but whom you know that counts most. In China, people often speak of guanxi, "connections" with people in the right places.

Today we see two brothers, who belong to the innermost circle of Jesus’ disciples, trying to exert their guanxi.

Their opening gambit seems a quite modest request: "Master, we want you to something for us." As a question it is an opening for which we probably have fallen many times: "Could you do something for me?" Jesus is not so easily duped. He counters with another question: "What do you want me to do for you?" We should remember this question because it is going to co … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of week 28 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Rom 4:13, 16-18

Paul continues speaking of Abraham as a model of faith and trust.

The promise made to Abraham by God that “he and his descendants should inherit the world was not through the Law".  For the simple reason that the Law had not yet c … Continue


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