33:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Mt 25:14-30. With the 25th chapter of his Gospel, St. Matthew completes his account of Jesus’ public ministry. Jesus’ final extended discourse according to Matthew concludes with three parables, all of them about the end of time, the second coming and the last judgement. We heard the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins last week; today we have the parable of the Talents; next week we will hear of the King dividing the sheep on his right from the goats on his left. The overall effect is rather like the tremendous finale of a great musical symphony. Jesus …

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32:a söndagen u.å. Årg A

Predikan av/Homiluy by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Matthew 25:1-13 Over the last three Sundays of the year we have the last three parables in St. Matthew’s Gospel, all given in Chapter 25. They are the parables of the Wise and Foolish Virgins, today, the parable of the Talents, then finally the great Last Judgment scene, which depicts the separation of the good from the wicked, as sheep are separated from goats. Each of these parables is about the Second Coming and the end of time. All three parables incidentally are reported by St. Matthew only. After them St. Matthew begins his Passion narrative. The symbolism of …

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30:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Matthew 22:34-40 Master, which is the greatest commandment of the law? As over the past six Sundays, we find Jesus today in conflict with Jewish leaders who are out to destroy him. So today’s Gospel begins with yet another device, yet another trick question, yet another trap, designed to ensnare or incriminate Jesus. But on this occasion we hear from him no answering word of sharp rebuke or harsh condemnation. Instead we have just his luminous response, about the two-fold commandment of love. It’s spoken without any hesitation, and with total authority; so simple yet so profound; a distillation …

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27:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Mt 21:33-43. ‘There was a man, a landowner who planted a vineyard. According to St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave this parable in Jerusalem, in the days following Palm Sunday, the days immediately before his Passion. He is in the Temple, teaching, and the tension in the air is very high indeed. While the Chief Priests and Pharisees are listening, he tells the story of the vineyard owner. No Jews listening could have failed to pick up the allusion to the passage in Isaiah we heard in our first reading. Clearly, in this parable, Jesus is speaking somehow about God …

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25:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Matthew 20:1-16 The parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard, like several other of the parables of the Kingdom, is found in St. Matthew’s Gospel alone. In the verse immediately before it, at the end of Chapter 19, Jesus says to Peter: Many who are first will be last, and the last, first. At the end of our parable he says exactly the same thing, though in a different order: Thus the last will be first, and the first, last. This is one of the great themes of St. Matthew’s Gospel. We find it set out most clearly in …

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24:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Minipredikan av Wilfrid Stinissen ocd

Det var ett diskussionsämne bland de skriftlärda hur ofta man borde kunna förlåta. Din hustru? Du får förlåta henne en gång. Din bror? Du skall förlåta honom fem gånger. Petrus tror att han är generös när han är villig att förlåta sju gånger. ”Sju gånger?” svarar Jesus, ”nej, sjuttio gånger sju”, det vill säga alltid. Aldrig får man bli trött på att förlåta. Varför inte? ”Lyssna”, säger Jesus. Och så berättar han den liknelse som upprör oss, med all rätt. Mycket i denna liknelse låter osannolikt. Det är knappast troligt att en vanlig tjänare skulle kunna ha en så enorm …

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23:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Predikan/Homily for Sunday 23A, Rydebäck Karmel, 10 September 2017. By Dom Benedict Hardy OSB.

Predikan/Homily for Sunday 23A, Rydebäck Karmel, 10 September 2017 By Dom Benedict Hardy OSB It’s perhaps not often you hear a Sunday Homily commenting on the Responsorial Psalm. But the Psalm which followed the first reading of today’s Mass is number 94, or 95 according to the Hebrew numbering. In my monastery in Scotland we sing this Psalm every single day. As the Rule of St. Benedict lays down, Psalm 94 always introduces the Office of Vigils, which we sing each day at 4.30 in the morning. I have been in the monastery now for just over 33 years, so …

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21:a söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Av Wilfrid Stinissen ocd

  Matt 16:13–20. I denna evangelietext ställer Jesus sina lärjungar – och oss – den viktigaste fråga som kan ställas: ”Vem säger ni att jag är?” Jesus ställer aldrig banala frågor. Hans frågor finner aldrig sin grund i nyfikenhet. Han frågar inte för att själv få veta mer, utan för att den tillfrågade skall veta mer. Han lockar fram ett svar som kanske låg gömt någonstans i det undermedvetna och som väntar på hans fråga för att bli klart medvetet. Jesus är en mästare i att locka fram det bästa hos sina vänner. Jesus ställer sin fråga i två moment: …

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20:e söndagen u.å. Årg. A

Predikan av Wilfrid Stinissen ocd

I dagens evangelium finner vi hela det glada budskapet i ett nötskal. Matteus berättar att Jesus hade dragit sig undan till området kring Tyros och Sidon, det vill säga till ett område som låg utanför Israels territorium. Där mötte honom en kanaaneisk kvinna från dessa trakter. Termen ”kanaaneisk” betyder hos Matteus samma sak som hednisk. Hon hörde inte till Israel. Denna hedniska kvinna kommer fram till Jesus och ropar: ”Herre, Davids son, förbarma dig över mig.” Hon har tydligen hört om honom och vet att Israel betraktar honom som sin räddare, och att han gör under. ”Förbarma dig över mig!” …

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Jungfru Marias upptagning till himlen

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OCD

On Apoc 11:19-12:10. Who is she? Who is this woman? What is this great sign in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, standing on the moon, with a crown of twelve stars on her head (Apoc 12:1)? She is beautiful, and she is also terrible. In the words of the Song of Songs: Who is she, arising like the dawn, fair as the moon, resplendent as the sun, terrible as an army in battle array (6:10)? Here as elsewhere, the language with which St. John describes his vision is obscure, allusive; clearly symbolic, but resisting easy interpretation. In attempting …

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