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Today’s Readings – Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary time

Commentary on Numbers 11:25-29 James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

SOME IMPORTANT ISSUES are raised in today’s readings. The Gospel consists of three separate pieces but they are in fact closely linked with each other and with the First Reading.

The disciples are not at all happy because they saw a man -- who was not a disciple -- cast out evil spirits. They are quite jealous obviously. They realise that they are in quite a privileged position in being closely associated with Jesus. They have even been given the privilege of sharing Jesus’ powers of healing and driving out evil spirits.

Now they see a complete stranger, one who has nothing to do with their Master, doing the same thing. He may even be using the name of Jesus to exorcise. They are indignant … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of week 25 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Zech 2:5-9, 14-15

Today, we have the first of three readings from the prophet Zechariah. The book is closely, very closely, linked with Haggai whom we have been reading over the previous two days. The introduction is dated Oct-Nov, 520 BC, only weeks away … Continue

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