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Dear friends,

The readings

The liturgical year closes with the last “parable” from Matthew’s mighty series in chapters 24-25. As you can see from the notes, this Matthean creation fits in really well with the whole series but also brings it to an intriguing close. Intriguing because there are two radically different readings. The newer reading — quite challenging — should speak to us today because the message is so close to our reality: by our vulnerability Christians disclose Christ to others.


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The Web gospel:



Praying Advent with Isaiah: A Wednesday morning series in the Pro-Cathedral @ 11.15-12.30. The presentations will explore the Isaiah readings for the first three Sundays of Advent, with the context of all three readings.

  • Dates: 29 Nov, 6 and 13 Dec, in St Kevin’s Oratory @ 11.15-12.30.
  • Mass is available before at 10.30 and after at 12.45.
  • A flyer is enclosed in this email.
  • Extra resources for Advent may be found here:

The Lord will give you bread in adversity and water in affliction. No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher, and your ears shall hear a word behind you: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or the left. (Isa 30:20–21)


A poem by RS Thomas

The Coming

And God held in his hand

A small globe. Look, he said.

The son looked. Far off,

As through water, he saw

A scorched land of fierce

Colour. The light burned

There; crusted buildings

Cast their shadows; a bright

Serpent, a river

Uncoiled itself, radiant

With slime.

On a bare

Hill a bare tree saddened

The sky. Many people

Held out their thin arms

To it, as though waiting

For a vanished April

To return to its crossed

Boughs. The son watched

Them. Let me go there, he said.

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With best regards,

Kieran O’Mahony, OSA

Biblical Resources

Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA

Biblical Studies Coordinator Holy Cross Diocesan Centre Clonliffe Road Dublin D03 P2E7

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