Paul on Paul

During COVID-19 restrictions, in order to keep Mass as safe as possible, the Bishop’s Conference has decided that the 2nd Reading should be omitted in order to reduce the length of the Mass.

The 2nd Reading is usually an Epistle (which means Letter) and is almost always on of St. Paul’s letters. These are important because the give us an insight into the early church – and we can see that the early Christians faced many of the same problems and questions that we, as 21st Century Catholics do.

So we can continue to draw on the wisdom of each Sunday’s 2nd Reading, our parish catechist, Paul, will be sharing short reflections on St. Paul each week to help us consider these more deeply.

Paul on Paul – 10th April 2022

Philippians 2:6-11
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week in the Church: a time of particular prayer and preparation.
This Sunday’s 2nd Reading provides a wonderful method of preparation for that – the Story of Christ in the Gospel.

Paul on Paul – 3rd April 2022

Philippians 3:8-14
For the Jews of the 1st Century, the Law of Moses was the closest God could be, and following the Law was what set the Jewish peopel apart. In this Sunday’s 2nd Reading, St. Paul tells us that the Law is not enough when Christ – God himself – has sought us out to enter into a relationship with us. Today – that means building our faith.

Our Road to Christ is easier than ever – so many have walked it before us, showing us the way

Paul on Paul – 13th March 2022

Philippians 3:17 – 4:1
Knowing whose example to follow as a Christian is not easy. Even within the Catholic Church there can be many different voices. In thus Weekends’ 2nd Reading, St. Paul encourages us to follow good examples, to listen discerningly, and to remember that our true home is Heaven.


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