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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter The first reading continues the Lectionary’s post-Easter series of selections from Acts of Apostles. The high priestly families, responsible for the arrest and execution of Jesus are on the move against The Way – a name used of and by early Christians for their own mission still within...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter The post-Easter series of readings from Acts of Apostles continues. On Easter Sunday the Lectionary presented us with a sermon (speech, homily) which Luke attributed to Simon Peter. The context was the conversion of the first Gentiles (non-Jews) to the Christian faith. Today the Lectionary offers u...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter The first reading for this Sunday is another excerpt from Acts of Apostles. Luke composed a glowing report of the earliest Christian Community in Jerusalem. “All believers were of one heart and mind, no one claimed anything as his or her own, but had everything in common.” A kind of Chr...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

EASTER SUNDAY: SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

EASTER SUNDAY: SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD Acts 10:34a 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; JOHN 20:1-9  Easter is the central liturgical feast of the Year of Grace. Every Sunday is a celebration of Easter. But the name “Easter” seems meaningless to designate this major solemnity of the year. What does thi...
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion This Sunday’s first reading is the third of four poems (Psalms, songs) inserted by editors in the oracles of an unknown prophet we call Second Isaiah. The four poems are known as “The Servant Songs.” This prophet’s oracles form the second part of the Book of Isaiah, chapters...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent The context of this Sunday’s first reading is the ministry of the Prophet Jeremiah in Jerusalem sometime between the city’s first fall to the Babylonians in 597 B.C., and the final destruction of the city by the Babylonian army in 587 B.C. This excerpt from the oracles of Jeremiah is kn...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent The two books of the Old Testament known as I and II Chronicles are relatively unknown to Catholic Christians. They were probably never considered of great importance as even their name indicates in older English translation Bibles. That name: Paralipomenon – an English transliteration of a G...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent The first reading for this Sunday consists of the first edition of the Decalogue, also called the Ten Commandments or the Ten Words. The second edition is found in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. There are differences, no doubt due to the different sources of the two editions, and the passage of time between t...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent The near-sacrifice by Abraham of his only son Isaac, Genesis 22, is the first reading for this Sunday. For many years Abraham and Sarah had been hoping for a son. So desperate had they become that Sarah turned over to Abraham her own slave girl Hagar to generate a child. This child was named Ishmae...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent As the annual season of Lent begins, the Scriptural readings turn to the opening book of the Bible. In the theological plan of instruction intended by authors and editors of the Book of Genesis, God never gave up on his wayward human creatures. It all began with the ideal existence of a man and a w...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018