25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - All this time we could have been friends
The jealousy and ambition in the lead characters of the 1962 film "Whatever happened to Baby Jane" spilt out into the lives of the two actresses, Betty Davis and Joan Crawford. In the second reading for Mass on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)James writes that wherever there is jealousy and ambition there is disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done. Are we immune to this or would a daily examination of conscience show us our own faults? This is the question Jude-Xavier contemplates as he reflects on the readings for Mass on the 23rd September 2018.
Music at the end: Bach Choral 8 Solo Choir - the harmonised chorales of Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting in harmonisation in the form of traditional melodies composed by Madi and available on the Jamendo website.
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Who and where and when?
When Jesus was travelling around the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples who other people said he was. Was he really interested in what other people thought? Remembering a sharp response to an interview by the late Margaret Thatcher, onetime Prime Minister of the UK, Jude-Xavier Murphy reflects on the readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) and why Jesus may have asked this question of his disciples. Readings for the 16th September 2018.
Music included is the Romance for Solo Guitar performed in 2017 by Mark Bodino from his album Classical Guitar Works. Music thanks to Jamendo.
Interview clip included of George Negus interviewing Mrs Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the UK for the Australian Version of 60 Minutes.
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fear Uncertainty and Doubt
Advertising relies on promoting Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). God does quite the opposite but wants us not to be afraid, gives plenty of certainty and desires the nurturing of our faith. In his reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jude-Xavier looks at how Our Lord turns such things around in our lives, as he turned around the life of the deaf man who had a speech impediment. Readings for the 9th September 2018.
Final music: Fuga for Organ or Harpsichord by José Negrin, from his album Works for Harpsichord and Organ. Negrin is a composer member of Delian Society in the United States of America. Music thanks to Jamendo website.
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Spiritual Direction
We would not head out on a journey without guidance. How much more does our soul have Spiritual Direction. In this reflection on the readings for Mass for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B), Jude-Xavier considers how Spiritual Direction is a necessary part of our life. He likens it to the many people who looked to the late Aretha Franklin as someone giving a "soulful" Spiritual Direction. Readings for 2nd September 2018.
Music: Psalm 15 by Jason Silver from his album Psalms Vol 1. Jason is a Canadian songwriter. Music thanks to Jamendo.
Lady Bird Film Review
In Lady Bird's desire to leave the town of Sacramento she embarks on a journey where she experiences sacramental love and a journey which takes her away from home, only to discover it for the very first time. Jude-Xavier reflects on the film under his Catholic Musings podcasts.
Directed by Greta Gerwig
Produced by Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Evelyn O'Neill
Written by Greta Gerwig
Stephen McKinley Henderson
Music by Jon Brion
Cinematography Sam Levy
Edited by Nick Houy
Scott Rudin Productions
A24 Management 360
A24 (United States)
Universal Pictures (International)
September 1, 2017 (Telluride)
November 3, 2017 (United States)
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - Should I stay or should I go?
Our discipleship is not like a gym membership which ticks over without us using it. Jesus asked the Twelve "Do you want to go away to?" It is a hard question, but one which we are asked each time we make the sign of the Cross. In this reflection on the Mass readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Jude-Xavier contemplates this question of Jesus. 26th August 2018.
Ephesians 5:21-32 (or 25-32)
Music: Buxtehude's Canzonetta in D Minor, played by Johnson Lau, otherwise known as the organ pianist. Music thanks to Jamendo.
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time - All in the preparation
Wisdom undertakes an extraordinary preparation for her feast. In this reflection on the readings for Mass on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (19th August 2018) Jude-Xavier compares it to the preparation God has undertaken for the Feast we celebrate in the Eucharist. How prepared are we to approach it?
Music: Brahms’ Prelude in G Minor played by Johnson Lau, the OrganPianist. Music thanks to Jamendo.
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Take My Life
When Elijah asked God to "take his life" he echoed the thoughts of some other people in the Bible. God would not answer that prayer as Elijah expected. Instead his life would be taken to be used by God. In this contemplation of the readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Jude-Xavier Murphy suggests how God may take our life in order to be used for him. Readings for the 12th August 2018.
1 Kings 19:4-8
Music: Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” – “It is enough” sung by Saalik Ziyad in 1999, accompanied by Erin Lafferty. Music thanks to Jamendo.
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - From Heaven
The first thing the Israelites said when they saw the Manna from Heaven was "What is that?" Jude-Xavier contemplates how we see things and whether we should be asking "What is that?" or instead "Where does it come from?" as he looks at the Mass readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). Sunday 5th August 2018.
Music: Agnus Dei from the Album Missa Brevis by Jacques Buvat. Music thanks to Jamendo.
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Overgrown Sheep
When Jesus saw the people he took pity on them for they were like sheep without a shepherd. What would a sheep without a shepherd be like? Not in a good way, according to Jude-Xavier Murphy, in this contemplation of the readings for Mass on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B).
Psalm 22 (23)
Music: Psalm 23 by Jason Silver from his album Psalms Volume 1. Music thanks to Jamendo.
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Seven Twelve
We hear in the Gospel of John how Jesus performs the miracle of the loaves and fishes, feeding the 5,000 with 12 baskets full of scraps left over. Jude-Xavier compares John's account with the other Gospel accounts to see how John is telling us about the Eucharist and the role of the Apostles (and our present day Apostles, the Bishops). Reflecting on the readings at Mass for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B it is a reminder for us about the presence of Jesus who gives himself to us fully in the Mass.
2 Kings 4:42-44
Music: Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus by Music in Armonia. Music thanks to Jamendo.
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Dwelling
Jesus sends his disciples out to the towns and villages and gives them instructions on what they are to take and where they are to stay. Jude-Xavier says in this reflection that this is an image of the Incarnation itself, calling the disciples to live among people and be one with them. Reflecting on the readings at Mass for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B it is a lesson to us as to how we should be fully involved in our ministry where we are.
Ephesians 1:3-14 (or 3-10)
Music: Vivaldi’s Incarnatus from his Credo in E, from the album Musica in Armonia by Flavia Lanza. Music thanks to Jamendo.
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Rationalism
When Jesus returns to his home town of Nazareth with his disciples, the locals talk his teaching and miracles down. How is the way Jesus responded relevant to us today in a world of Rationalism? Jude-Xavier contemplates the Readings for Mass on the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Music: BACH’s Trio Sonata No.2, recorded in 2018 by MICHAŁ JAŁOCHOWSKI . Music thanks to Jamendo.
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Rock Paper Scissors
Jude-Xavier Murphy considers the Gospel of the Healing of Jairus' Daughter and the woman with the Haemorrhage. Why were Peter, James and John so often invited to witness things the other Disciples did not see? Jude-Xavier speaks of them as "Rock, Paper and Scissors" in the witnessing to Jesus.
Wisdom 1:13-15, 2:23-24
Psalm 29: 2, 4-6, 11-13
2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15
Music: Chopin’s Ballade Number 3 in A Flat Major by Alfred Cortot recorded in 1933. Music thanks to Free Music Archive.
Birth of St John the Baptist - Obsolescence
What have St John the Baptist and a Kettle got in common? Find out in Catholic Musings this week by Jude-Xavier Murphy. Using the readings for the Sunday (The Birth of St John the Baptist) and the Catechism of the Catholic Faith his talk is a preparation for the Sunday Mass readings.
Music: Every Valley from Handel's Messiah. Sung by Reed Miller. Music thanks to the Regents of the University of California.
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Heaven
Is heaven an eternal round of golf or is there more to it? Jude-Xavier Murphy explores the relationship between our earthly liturgy and the heavenly liturgy and what we perceive heaven to be. Using the readings for the Sunday (11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B) and the Catechism of the Catholic Faith his talk is a preparation for the Sunday Mass readings.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10