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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

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ The original solemnity in honor of the Eucharist is Holy Thursday, a celebration of the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. The joy which would naturally accompany this celebration of the Eucharist is dampened by the overshadowing sorrow of betrayal and death which follow the Last Supp...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Solemnity of Pentecost

Solemnity of Pentecost The first reading is Luke’s narrative of the Christian Pentecost event in his Acts of Apostles. In last Sunday’s first reading for the Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus, the apostles were told by Jesus that they “will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and will b...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of the Lord When searching for the meaning of the ascension, we are faced with a problem. What happen-ed? When did it happen? How did it happen? At the original ending of the Gospel of Mark, our oldest gospel, there is no ascension of Jesus, only a promise of a post-resurrection appearance. The gospel which th...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter The first reading is a watershed moment in Luke’s Acts of Apostles – the conversion of Gentiles to the Christian faith. The background: Cornelius was a Roman military officer at Caesarea on the Mediterranean seacoast.  He was a devout man, generous to the poor, and prayed constantl...
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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter The context of the first reading is the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Eventually, he would become St. Paul, but that would take the next thirty years. He had been a violent persecutor of the Christian movement in Jerusalem. He had witnessed and was involved in the lynching of Stephen, one of the fi...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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