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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time The context of today’s gospel is the fourth of five great sermons Matthew constructed from traditions about Jesus combined with his own command of the Old Testament and the needs of his Christian Community. That Christian Community was probably in the city of Antioch, Syria. As the Christian...
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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time The gospel reading of this Sunday is the immediate sequel of last Sunday’s gospel. In that episode Simon Peter publicly professed his faith in Jesus as “the Messiah (Christ), Son of the living God.” In reply, Jesus revealed that Simon’s profession of faith was the result of...
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Two Sundays ago we encountered the first of three special traditions about Simon Peter, traditions found only in the Gospel of Matthew. That first tradition was Peter’s attempt to walk on water at the invitation of Jesus. On this Sunday we have the second of these traditions – Jesus bes...
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time In Matthew 10:5 we read this, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans.”  But at the end of his gospel, Matthew ascribes to Jesus these words, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations (Gentiles)….” Before Matthew’s gospel wa...
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The context of this gospel selection is the feeding of “five thousand men, besides women and children” in the wilderness with five loaves of bread and two fish.” Matthew’s catechesis in that story could have been a proclamation that Jesus was the Messiah. Why? Because there...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Transfiguration of Jesus

The Transfiguration of Jesus Mark, Matthew, and Luke all have their version of the transfiguration of Jesus. Mark’s version is thought to be the oldest. The Gospel of Mark was composed about the year 70 A.D. Matthew and Luke wrote their documents about fifteen to twenty years later. Here we are concerned with MatthewR...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A MATTHEW 13:44-52(1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Ps.119:57,72,76-77,127-128, 129-130; Rom. 8:28-30)  The third gospel selection taken from Matthew 13, the Parable Chapter, adds three more parables to the collection the author gathered from oral and written tradit...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time More parables! More puzzles! Last Sunday’s gospel selection was taken from the opening of Matthew 13, the third of five great sermons Matthew constructed in his gospel from traditions about Jesus and to meet the needs of his Christian Community. Last Sunday’s parable: the Sower and the...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time This gospel selection begins a series of three Sundays on the 13th chapter of Matthew. This chapter is the third of the five great sermons of Jesus which Matthew constructs from oral and written tradition for the catechetical needs of his Christian Community.  Matthew begins, “On that da...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The gospel of this day is Jesus’ hymn of praise and thanksgiving to his heavenly Father for the gift of revelation. Many of the thoughts expressed in this hymn are similar to thoughts and expressions found in Old Testament Wisdom Literature and in various Old Testament Prophets. Matthew begin...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017