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Today’s Readings – Monday of week 7 of Easter - First Reading

Commentary on Acts 19:1-8

We are still with the Third Missionary Journey of Paul.

Apollos (to whom we were introduced last Saturday) has now left Ephesus for Corinth at the invitation of the Christians there. Later, he will return to Ephesus while Paul is still in the city. Meanwhile, Paul himself now reaches Ephesus. We are told that he travelled “through the interior of the country". This means that he did not follow the lower and more direct route down the Lycus and Meander valleys but followed the upper route through Phrygia (where he had evangelised before) thus approaching Ephesus from the north.

Today Ephesus is only a heap of ruins but in its day it was one of the great cities of the region. The ruins of its great temple dedicated to … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Ascension of Our Lord (B)

Commentary on Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23; Mark 16:15-20

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE ASCENSION? We have to be careful not to understand this “mystery” too literally. Jesus did not really ride up into the sky as if in a helicopter or a space shuttle. If one … Continue

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