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Dear friends,


The readings

Our Gospel is the wonderful and typically Lucan story of Zaccaeus, with many layers and lots of potential for reflection. For example, who are the “lost” today? Part of The Joy of the Gospel comes to mind:


I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.  The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms…. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew.(Joy of the Gospel par. 3)


The Gospel is matched by a deeply sensitive reflection from the Wisdom of Solomon. In that reading, the ideas are unfolded by a combination of affirmations and questions—very appealing and eloquent. Wis 12:1-2 says it all.


Audio notes on the Gospel

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Short (ahem) poem



I’d love to save So many souls I dream of having the ability Truth be known I have no control I could worry about My daughter’s future Day after day My heart begins to flutter Each time I come to the realization I fall to my knees and pray Through all my prayers A growing process I have been shown Truth is it took,me, myself, So very long God does have a plan You see, when He wants My child to be his disciple She will come to the decision To climb the tree

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With very best regards,

Kieran O’Mahony, OSA

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