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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, maxims, or as the name indicates, a collection of proverbs. The first line of this document attributes the book to King Solomon, 961-922 B.C. It is quite possible that some of the collections of proverbs go all the way back to Solomon who had a...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Two Sundays ago, on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time, this column discussed the cycles of stories about the ninth century B.C. prophets Elijah and Elisha. The stories are found in the First and Second Books of Kings. The first reading for that Sunday’s liturgy was taken from the cycle...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Eighteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is from the Book of Exodus. Exodus is the second of the five great scrolls (books) which form the Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Hebrew word “Torah” means “the Teaching.” The English word for the Torah is Pentateuch. ...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Seventeeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time In the First and Second Books of Kings, there are two major miracle-working prophets, Elijah and his successor Elisha. The First Book of Kings narrates a long cycle of the works, the sufferings, and the miracles of Elijah.  The dates of his prophetic ministry are approximately from 869-849 B.C...
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is taken from the oracles of the Prophet Jeremiah. His ministry in Jerusalem lasted from approximately 626 to 580 B.C. The time of this oracle is shortly after the first deportation of king and people of the Kingdom of Judah into exile in Babylon (today Iraq) in 597.  In the...
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is from the Prophet Amos. He is the first Old Testament prophet whose oracles (sayings) have been handed down in the form of a book. More correctly, his oracles were handed down in written form on a scroll. His prophetic ministry took place in mid 8th century B.C., around 745 B.C....
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time This column for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time explained the background for the oracles of the prophet Ezekiel. The dates of his prophetic ministry and his oracles are tentatively set at 593-573 B.C.  As noted, Ezekiel was a young priest in Jerusalem who was taken to Babylon in the first...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B First Reading: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24; Second Reading: 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Gospel: Mark 5:21-43   The Old Testament Book of Wisdom is the source of the first reading. This book is also called “The Wisdom of Solomon” because in 9:7-8, 12,...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptizer

Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptizer This year the celebration of the birth of John the Baptizer replaces the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The fact that the Baptizer’s birth outranks a Sunday reveals the importance of John’s role in salvation history. The first reading is from a part of the oracles of a prophet called...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this Sunday is an excerpt from the Prophet Ezekiel. The dates of his ministry as a prophet extend from about 593-573? B.C.  Ezekiel was a young priest in Jerusalem, probably a member of the Temple clergy who was taken into exile in Babylon (Iraq today) in the first deport...
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Thursday, June 14, 2018