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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

Sunday Scriptures - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Sunday Scriptures - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 128:1-2, , 3, 4-5, 6; Hebrews 2:9-11; MARK 10:2-16  The first reading is from the Book of Genesis. Within the Book of Genesis it is part of the second creation story. The first creation story is a hymn in which God creates a...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10, 12-13, 14; James 5:1-6; MARK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48  The first reading is from the Book of Numbers. It is the fourth book or scroll of the Torah, or in our usual terminology, the Pentateuch. The English title, “Num...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8; James 3:16-4:3; MARK 9:30-37   The first reading is from the Old Testament Book of Wisdom. This column gave a detailed ex-planation of the origin and purpose of the Book of Wisdom on the 13th Sunday in Ordin...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sunday Scriptures - Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; MARK 8:27-35   The first reading is from the Book of Isaiah the prophet, from the part called Second Isaiah, chapters 40-55. The oracles of this unnamed prophet are known as the Book of C...
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Thursday, September 13, 2018