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Today’s Readings – Thursday of Week 13 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Amos 7:10-17

Today we see Amos expelled from the sanctuary of Bethel, which, as mentioned, was in Israel, the Northern Kingdom.

The reading begins with Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, telling Jeroboam, king of Israel, about the things Amos has been saying against the king: “Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel shall surely be exiled from its land.” By “Jeroboam” he means the royal house, where the king’s name also represents the dynasty. In fact, Jeroboam will die a natural death (2 Kings 14:29) but his son and successor Zechariah will be assassinated (2 Kings 15:8,10).

By any standards, these would be regarded as treasonable words and they were seen as such. The fact that they would be proved true was not relevant a … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Commentary on Acts 12:1-11 2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18 Matthew 16:13-19

On this day we celebrate a special feast of the Church, symbolised by the two great apostles, Peter and Paul. They were the two men around whom the mission of Jesus to establish the Kingdom was centred an … Continue


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