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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

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is from Isaiah of Jerusalem. His prophetic ministry was exercised mostly in and around the city from 742 to 701 B.C.  It is possible that Isaiah lived on into the early years of the reign of King Manasseh, 687-642. In a document called “The Ascension of Isaiah,” (...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is from the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy. It is the fifth book or scroll of the Torah, a Hebrew word meaning “The teaching” or “The Law” of Moses, to whom tradition attributes its authorship. Christians usually refer to the Torah as “The Pentateu...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is from the Book of Joshua. Joshua was the lieutenant and successor of Moses. The Exodus from Egypt under Moses’ leadership can be approximately dated in the early 13th century B.C. The entry into Canaan under the leadership of Joshua may be dated about mid 13th century, abo...
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, maxims, or as the name indicates, a collection of proverbs. The first line of this document attributes the book to King Solomon, 961-922 B.C. It is quite possible that some of the collections of proverbs go all the way back to Solomon who had a...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Two Sundays ago, on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary time, this column discussed the cycles of stories about the ninth century B.C. prophets Elijah and Elisha. The stories are found in the First and Second Books of Kings. The first reading for that Sunday’s liturgy was taken from the cycle...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Eighteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading is from the Book of Exodus. Exodus is the second of the five great scrolls (books) which form the Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Hebrew word “Torah” means “the Teaching.” The English word for the Torah is Pentateuch. ...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018