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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Psalm (Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 The first reading is from the oracles of the Old Testament prophet Zephaniah. His prophetic mission took place in the early years of King Josiah about 630 B.C. This king was arguably th...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6  Baruch, secretary and assistant to the late seventh and early sixth century B.C. prophet Jeremiah, was a prominent member of a Judean family with connections to the royal palace of t...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

First Sunday of Advent, Year C

First Sunday of Advent, Year C FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Jeremiah 33:14-16; Ps. 25:4-5, 8-10, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36   The opening reading of the Year of Grace on the First Sunday of Advent is taken from the Prophet Jeremiah. This prophet was active in Jerusalem and surroundings from about 6...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sunday scriptures - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Sunday scriptures - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5; Revelation 1:5-8; JOHN 18:33b-37  The first reading for the Solemnity of King Jesus is from the 7th chapter of the Book of Daniel. Some background to Daniel was given in last week’s column. This...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Timqe, Year B

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Timqe, Year B THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; MARK 13:24-32  The first reading is from the Book of Daniel. The setting, though not the time of writing, is in the sixth century B.C. while the Judeans were in exile in Babylon. The auth...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B THIRTY–SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; MARK 12:38-44  The First Book of Kings contains an Elijah Cycle of stories. Tentative dating for Elijah’s prophetic ministry in Israel, the northern kingdom, is from 869-849 B.C...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51; Hebrews 7:23-28; MARK 12:28b-34  The first reading is part of a discourse attributed to Moses by the authors of the Book of Deuteronomy. The discourse begins as follows, “Moses called the whole of...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Hebrews 5:1-6; MARK 10:46-52  The prophet Jeremiah’s ministry in and around Jerusalem in the Kingdom of Judah lasted from 627-587. Today’s first reading is part of an oracle of joy directed not a...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; Hebrews 4:14-16; MARK 10:35-45  The first reading is part of the last of four poems embedded in the second part of the Book of Isaiah. Because of these four poems, and especially because of the fourth po...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sunday Scriptures - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Scriptures - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; MARK 10:17-30  The first reading is from the Book of Wisdom. For those who hold on to these columns on the Sunday readings, some detail about the origins and purpose of the Book of Wisdo...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018