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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter For the Fifth Sunday of Easter, the liturgy presents us with a gospel reading from Jesus’ Last Supper Discourse in the Gospel of John. Seems a bit odd as we work our way toward the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. Although the farewell theme of the Last Supper Discourse applies first of all...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter Christians are familiar with the parable of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It is found in the 10th chapter of the Gospel of John. The first 10 verses of chapter 10 contain two parables that introduce the Good Shepherd parable.  A parable is a comparison which teaches a lesson. The first little pa...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter A masterful composition is Luke’s story of Jesus’ encounter with two of his disciples returning from Passover in Jerusalem to their hometown Emmaus. En route they were discussing the events they had witnessed in Jerusalem – the death of Jesus and now a report from some women who h...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter There are three parts in this Sunday’s gospel reading. The first part takes place on the evening of the first day of the week (Sunday), on the same day as Jesus’ resurrection. It was a busy day. Jesus had appeared to Mary of Magdala. He commissioned her to announce his resurrection, ...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Resurrection of the Lord

The Resurrection of the Lord It was the first day of the week, the day we call Sunday. The body of Jesus had been entombed late Friday afternoon. On the Sabbath all Jews rested, including the disciples of Jesus. Mark, Matthew, and Luke tell us that the women who followed Jesus from Galilee had watched the burial of his body. L...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew is the longest in the four gospels. Matthew composed his gospel in the mid-80’s of the first Christian century. It is clear that he follows the outline of the Passion in the Gospel of Mark, composed about 15 years earlier than Matthew....
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, YEAR A JOHN 11:1-45 (Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11) The third of the great Lenten gospels for the instruction of catechumens before baptism is the resurrection of Lazarus. It is the last of the seven miracles of Jesus that John narrates. John does not use the ordinary terms...
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent The second of the three great Lenten gospel readings for the preparation of catechumens is John’s story of the man born blind. The other gospels have stories of Jesus restoring sight to the blind. This story in John is different. Jesus creates sight where there never was sight. The story is f...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent The gospel reading of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria is the first of three readings the liturgy of Year A (Matthew) imports from the Gospel of John. These readings, narrating major episodes from Jesus’ life, are particularly suitable for instruction of catechumens prepar...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent MATTHEW 17:1-9 (Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10) One of three versions of the transfiguration of Jesus, from Mark or Matthew or Luke, is always the gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Advent. This year is Matthew’s turn. Matthew begins, “Jesus took as...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017