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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent For the first reading, we return to that part of the Book of Isaiah called Third Isaiah (chapters 56-66).  This prophet was active in Jerusalem about 530-520 B.C. The original context of these prophetic oracles: a proclamation of the credentials of this unknown prophet, a kind of mission state...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent As on the First Sunday of Advent, the readings begin with a selection from the Book of Isaiah. Last Sunday we experienced oracles of Third Isaiah. That prophet’s name is unknown but his oracles, chapters 56-66, were collected and placed by editors in the Book of Isaiah.  The same must be...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent The beginning of the Year of Grace is marked each year by the season of Advent. In the history of its origin in the dual official languages of the Roman Empire, “Advent” was a technical term for the visit of an important imperial official or of the emperor to a city or kingdom of the em...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King The Solemnity of Christ the King permanently replaces the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time in all three liturgical years, A, B, C. Originally this celebration of Jesus’ kingship was set on the last Sunday of October. When Bl. Pope Paul VI, 1963-78, reformed the liturgical calendar, this...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time One of the parables Matthew attaches to his version of Jesus’ final discourse is the Parable of the Talents. There is no doubt that this parable belongs in Matthew’s catechetical teaching on the end of time and the return of Jesus. The opening sentence of the parable reveals it. Before...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time The Sunday liturgies of Year A, when most Sunday gospel selections are taken from Matthew, entirely omits Matthew 24 – Jesus’ final discourse or sermon. The author of Matthew’s gospel lifted most of his version of Jesus’ last discourse from the Gospel of Mark. After this fin...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time In Matthew 23, the author of this gospel has reached the peak of his wrath against the leadership of Judaism about the year 85 A.D. Some of the opinions voiced by the author in this chapter, and attributed to Jesus himself, are a considerable hindrance to ecumenical understanding between Christians...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Last week’s comments on the Sunday gospel selection explained in some detail how the author of the Gospel of Matthew not only used the Gospel of Mark as a source, but frequently changed Mark’s version of a given episode. One trend of Matthew’s style is to disparage the Pharisees w...
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Confrontations in Jerusalem continue between Jesus and the religious authorities. We have three versions of the confrontation or argument or debate over whether or not a pious Jew should pay tribute (taxes) to Caesar (the Roman government then ruling most of the Middle East). Mark’s version i...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time And then there was another parable – but this time, no vineyard. Instead of a vineyard, a wedding banquet. The confrontation between Jesus and the high priestly families with their Sadducee hangers-on continues. It is the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. The week began with his invasio...
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Thursday, October 12, 2017