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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

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this Sunday is from the Book of Leviticus. This is the third book in our Bible. It is also called the Third Book of Moses or the Third Book of the Torah (teaching or law) or the Third Book of the Pentateuch (of the five scrolls).  The Hebrew title of a biblical book is ta...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this Sunday is an excerpt from the Book of Job. Like so much of the Old and New Testament, we are not reading a biography or history of a man named Job. Instead, we are reading a long debate attempting to solve a problem which cannot be solved entirely in this world – Wh...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Levites who composed the Book of Deuteronomy included some teachings of which it could be said that the less they are known, so much the better. But they also included some of the most beautiful expressions and instructions in the Old Testament. For example, “You shall love the Lord your...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is a selection from the Book of Jonah. Jonah’s first call to go to Nineveh, to the east, is omitted together with his foolish decision to take a cruise westward on the Mediterranean.  The grumpy and disobedient prophet ended up in t...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time “Ordinary Time” begins today and will lead us to the season of Lent. The boy Samuel was born as a special gift to a woman who sadly had remained childless. She made a promise to the Lord at the shrine of the Ark of the Covenant at Shiloh that, if the Lord would give her a son, she would...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Our four Gospels are an early form of catechesis, instruction for Christians. Some of that instruction was directed to current problems in the Christian Community in which Matthew was active. The best hypothesis is that the Gospel of Matthew originates in the Christian Community of Antioch in Syria...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent The first reading, the Responsorial Psalm, and the gospel reading of this Sunday are tied together by an important Old Testament name – David. Our four gospels, Acts of Apostles, two of Paul’s Letters, and the Book of Revelation connect Jesus to King David, who lived a thousand years ea...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

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