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Today’s Readings – Sunday of Week 15 of Ordinary Time (Year B)

Commentary on Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13

In today’s Gospel, the twelve Apostles receive their mission from Jesus. He tells them to go out, two by two, and drive out “unclean spirits". What are these “unclean spirits"? Sometimes it seems there really was an evil influence – a demon, if you like – which controlled a person’s life, what he or she said and did. But in those days there were many manifestations which people did not understand fully. These, for want of a better explanation, were attributed to demonic influences and possession.

For instance, there were some sicknesses which people thought were due to the influence of a devil. A clear example is the story of the epileptic boy healed by Jesus. In an epileptic seizure, a seemingly normal … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of Week 14 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Isaiah 6:1-8

On the last day of this week we begin readings from the prophet Isaiah and they will continue until Friday of next week inclusive. Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament who appeared at a critical period in the history of Israel. The Nort … Continue


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