Sundays in May and June 2018
Robert Draper

‘Whenever ... the Church gathered by the Holy Spirit for liturgical celebration, announces and proclaims the word of God, it has the experience of being a new people in whom the covenant made in the past is fulfilled’
(General Introduction to the Lectionary 1981. No. 7)

That essential link between the Eucharistic celebration today and the Covenant made in the past is very apparent in the readings for Mass offered during this time when the Church continues to celebrate the New Covenant that is sealed in the death and Resurrection of Jesus and articulated in the mystery of Christ.

In the next two months we move from celebrating the Easter season into the Sundays of Ordinary time; however the move is marked by a string of Solemnities celebrated on the Sundays following Eastertide – Pentecost, Trinity, Corpus Christi and – this year – the Birthday of John the Baptist.

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Breaking the Word - Sundays

In the constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the Fathers of Vatican II decreed that: ‘The treasures of the Bible are to be opened up more lavishly so that a richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word’. (SC.52) The lavish feast of Sacred Scripture at the celebration of the Eucharist is designed to nourish and inspire the faithful. The following reflections on the Sunday readings for the next two months are an attempt to help readers and listeners to both savour and  ponder the selected passages so as to be drawn ever closer to the source of that nourishment. The author is a parish priest in Dorset and Vicar General of the Diocese of Plymouth.