Jack Mahoney turns his attention to the ‘new’ commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples, which we find in John’s Gospel. What was new about what Jesus was asking with his instruction to ‘love one another ... as I have loved you’?
Fri 25 August: How does Jesus respond when he is asked in the gospel reading by a Pharisee, 'which commandment is the greatest?'
The ‘Prayer for Generosity’ is much-loved by followers of Ignatian spirituality, although little is known about its authorship. The prayer is attributed frequently to St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, but was it really composed by him? Jack Mahoney SJ investigates the origins of this ‘brief but elegant prayer’.
The Church’s celebration of Christmas continues with the Feast of the Holy Family, which this year falls on 30 December. Jack Mahoney marks the occasion by contemplating the relationship between Jesus and his mother as it is expressed in an intriguing yet non-biblical tradition, a tradition which also has an important place in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. Might Our Lady have been the first person to see Christ after his resurrection?
Jack Mahoney suggests ways in which the magi, who were full of hope even though their own journey to the crib was long and uncertain, can inspire our prayer.
From the first Sunday of Advent, all English-speaking Mass-goers will be using the full text of the revised translation of the Missal.
The appearances of the risen Jesus to his disciples are recorded in the four gospels and by St Paul, although each of these sources provides us with a different narrative.
Familiar as the words of the Sermon of the Mount may be, the standards that it sets for Christian living continue to pose a radical challenge to followers of Christ.
How can the structure of the sermon help us to understand what Jesus wants to tell his disciples? And what are we to make of the new righteousness to which Jesus is calling his followers?
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