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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter JOHN 10:11-18; (Acts 4:8-12; Ps. 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29; 1 John 3:1-2)   The parable of the Good Shepherd. Crucial to understanding what John is teaching by this para-able is Ezekiel 34. The bulk of Ezekiel’s ministry took place between 593 and 586 B.C., not in Jerusalem but in Ba...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter   Luke 24:35-48 (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9; 1 John 2:1-5a)   This Sunday’s gospel reading is a sequel to Jesus’ encounter with two disciples on the walk home from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The risen Lord, whom they had not yet recognized, was sharing a meal with the...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter   JOHN 20:19-31 (Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 John 5:1-6)   On Easter Sunday the gospel reading reported the visit of Mary Magdalene to the tomb of Jesus. Next there was a visit from Simon Peter and the disciple called “the Beloved Disciple.” All found the tomb...
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The Resurrection of our Lord

The Resurrection of our Lord JOHN 20:1-9 (Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8)   It was the first day of the week, Sunday to us, a workday for the Jews of Jesus’ time.  One of his most faithful disciples, Mary of Magdala (Magdalene), came to the tomb of Jesus very early, so ear...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday   MARK 14:1-15:47 (Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11)   The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark is the oldest version of the Passion in our four gospels. Luke and Matthew expanded Mark’s version according to their own theology and tr...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent JOHN 12:20-33 (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13,14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9)   Jesus’ final Passover in Jerusalem is at hand. He had visited his friends Martha and Mary in Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Out of love for them and their recently deceased brother Lazarus, he restored life to...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent JOHN 3:14-21 (2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Psalm 137:1-6; Ephesians 4:2-10)   This Sunday’s gospel reading follows a dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus. The latter was an important man in the Jewish establishment in Jerusalem. He was a member of the Sanhedrin. He was intrigued enough...
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Monday, March 09, 2015

Third Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent   JOHN 2:13-25 (Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; Psalm 19:9-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25)   The setting for the cleansing of the temple is the first Passover of Jesus in Jerusalem. There will be two more during his public ministry. The other three gospels place the cleansing of the temple at the e...
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Monday, March 02, 2015

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent   MARK 9:2-10 (Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps. 116:10, 15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34)   The Transfiguration of Jesus. There are three versions of Jesus’ transfiguration in the gospels and an abbreviated form of it in 2 Peter 1:17-18. Mark’s version seems to be first in...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent   MARK 1:12-15 (Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22)   When there is mention of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, we instinctively think of the triple temptation in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. The earlier gospel, Mark, knows nothing of a triple temptation...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015