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Do you trust enough to hear your calling?

Jeremiah was born in the Kingdom of Judah, just outside its capital, Jerusalem, seven centuries before Christ. These were times of political and religious unrest. The small Jewish nation was under threat from great empires which surrounded it, including Egypt, Assyria and, to the North, Babylon. Early in his life, Jeremiah received his calling as a prophet. It is important to understand what that means. We tend to think of prophets as something like fortune-tellers predicting the future. Although they often did foreshadow future events, that was not the main role of biblical prophets. Jeremiah was not some kind of Mystic Meg. Prophets were called not so much as to forecast the distant future, but to look into the present and speak hard truths about it, especially to the people with the power to make changes before disaster struck - and a recurring theme in the biblical books of the prophets is that powerful people do not always like hearing the truth. The several kings whom Jeremiah …

THE EPIPHANY PROCLAMATION FOR 2018

While a day like Christmas is fixed in our minds and on the calendars on 25 December, many of the important feasts of the Church’s year move, based upon the date when Easter is set. Following the ancient Jewish lunar calendar, Easter changes each year moving to the Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon and can fall between 22 March and 25 April.

In ancient times before calendars were common, most people did not know the dates for the new Liturgical year. On Epiphany Sunday, the important dates in the Church’s calendar were proclaimed after the gospel in this way:

Dear brothers & sisters,
the glory of the Lord has shone upon us,
and shall ever be manifest among us,
until the day of his return.

Through the rhythms of times and seasons
let us celebrate the mysteries of salvation.

Let us recall the year's culmination,
the Easter Triduum of the Lord:
his last supper, his crucifixion, his burial,
and his rising celebrated
between the evening of the Twenty-ninth of March
and the evening of the…