2:a sönd. efter påsk/Low sunday

By Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On John 20:24-29 At the end of the Prologue to his Gospel, St. John tells us: ”No one has ever seen God. But the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known” (1:18). We are rightly used to thinking of St. Thomas as the one who saw and believed. But when in that upper room, eight days after Easter, he cried out: ”My Lord and my God!” he did not see God the Father standing before him. What he saw was the man Jesus. Now in today’s Gospel, on the eighth day …

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Påskvakan

Predikan av/Homily by abbot Erik Varden OCSO

This night, the Church exults not only in the victory of Christ. It shows us how his victory crowns a long process of development. The rising of Jesus is an astonishing event, of course, but no surprise. The Lord has carefully prepared it. If our eyes see, our ears hear, we find it foretold ‘in Moses and the Prophets’. When Cleopas and his friend, dragging their feet towards Emmaus, met the Lord on Easter Day, what did Christ do? He told them ‘the things in all the scriptures concerning himself’. In this Vigil, he does the same for us. The …

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Palmsöndagen/Palm Sunday

Predikan av/Homily by Abbot Erik Varden OCSO

Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66. St Benedict enjoins that a monk’s life should always savour of Lent. What does he mean? His reference is not so much to asceticism as to expectancy. The monk, he says, should look forward to Easter ‘with the joy of spiritual longing’. His life should unfold with constant reference to Christ’s Pasch. From what we know of Benedict’s life, he practised what he preached. The account of his early years in particular is charged with Easter symbolism. Benedict’s cave at Subiaco was an image of Christ’s tomb. There he was conformed to the death …

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5:e sönd. i fastan

Predikan av Anders Arborelius OCD

Varje gång Jesus gör ett under, är det ett tecken på ett ännu större mysterium än det han gör. Han vill genom det visa oss vem han är och vem hans Fader är. Undergärningen vill föra oss fram till förundran över det ännu större under som Gud själv i hela sin treeniga verklighet är. Det som Jesus gör här på jorden visar oss vad han är nu och i all evighet. Och i dag säger han själv vem han är och vad han gör: ”Jag är uppståndelsen och livet. Den som tror på mig skall leva om han än dör, …

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3:e sönd. i fastan/3rd Sunday of Lent

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Jn 4. She could scarcely have been more of an outsider. For a start, just being a woman was enough to rule her out as someone a respectable rabbi like Jesus would be seen talking with. But more than that, she was a Samaritan woman. And worst of all, she was a sinful Samaritan woman, whose life-style would have put her on the margins even of her own people.And the circumstances could hardly have been less auspicious. Here she was, carrying out the monotonous drudgery of her daily routine. And then, she met Jesus. That is, she met the …

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7:e sönd. u.å. Årg. A

Av Wilfrid Stinissen, karmelit

Matt 5:38–48 När vi hör Jesus säga: ”Ni har hört att det blev sagt till fäderna… men jag säger er”, så ligger det nära till hands att tro att Jesus avvisar eller motsäger det gamla förbundets lag och kommer med en helt ny lära. Men så är det inte menat. Både lagen och evangeliet kommer från Gud. Gud kan inte bli sin egen motståndare. Det handlar inte om motsättning utan om utveckling. Gud uppenbarar sig allt klarare. Jesus avskaffar ingenting. I stället försäkrar han högtidligt: ”Jag har inte kommit för att upphäva utan för att uppfylla. Sannerligen, innan himlen och …

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6:e sönd. u.å. Årg. A

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

Homily for Sunday 6A, on Mt 5:17-37. Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfil them. Throughout St. Matthew’s Gospel, we find a strong emphasis on the perfect accordance of Jesus with the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament. Matthew was a Jewish Christian, who wrote especially for Jewish Christians. His whole object would have been defeated had he admitted any sort of opposition between Jesus and the Torah, Israel’s Sacred Law. So his Gospel starts by establishing the identity of Jesus as legal inheritor …

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Trettondedag jul – Epifania

Predikan av Anders Arborelius ocd

Gud vill inte bara uppenbara sig för oss. Han vill också uppenbara sig med hela sin härlighet, ja, han vill ge oss del av den. Dagens högtid, epifania, Herrens uppenbarelse, tillhör de liturgiska fester då vi får en liten glimt av det som är Guds innersta hemlighet, hans egen härlighet och skönhet. ”Herrens härlighet går upp över dig”, säger profeten Jesaja. Och i mässans gloria, som just betyder härlighet, sjunger vi: ”vi tackar dig för din stora härlighet.” glädjen och tacksamheten över Guds härlighet som uppenbaras över oss är kärnan i vår tillbedjan. Vi får glädja oss över att Gud …

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Guds heliga moder Marias högtid/The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

Gal 4:4-7 “Ubi venit plenitudo temporis…” When the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman… These are the words of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, Chapter 4, beginning verse 4. The passage is one of the most frequently quoted from all Paul’s writings and we had it also just now for our second reading. This text gives us the only direct reference to the Mother of God in St. Paul’s writings. He doesn’t name her here, but refers to her simply as “Woman”. St. John, in his Gospel and in the Apocalypse, does the …

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2:a sönd. i advent/Advent Sunday 2A

Predikan av/Homily by Dom Benedict Hardy OSB

On Matthew 3:1–2 St. John the Baptist is a major figure in the history of Israel, obviously an authentic Prophet, ranking with the greatest Prophets of the past. He takes up the hopes of the other, earlier prophets, and says that they are all to be fulfilled in Jesus. John’s witness is an extremely important indication, confirmation, that Jesus really is who he says he is; really is from God; really is the Messiah whom the Prophets foretold. John’s baptism is also very important. It certainly wasn’t Christian baptism of course, but also certainly was a preparation for that. To …

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