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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent The Gospel of the first Sunday of Advent in Cycles A, B, C is always taken from the last dis-course of Jesus in Matthew, or Mark, or Luke. This year we have gospel readings of Cycle B, the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s version of Jesus’ last discourse takes up all of chapter 13. This chapter i...
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Christ the King

Christ the King MATTHEW 25:31-46   (Ezekiel 34:11-12; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28) Pope Pius XI in 1925 instituted the Feast of Christ the King as a response to secularism and atheism. Originally this feast was celebrated on the last Sunday of October. When Pope Paul VI, 1963-1978, reformed the liturgical cale...
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE A   MATTHEW 25:14-30    (Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6) Matthew constructed fivemajor discourses or sermons attributed to Jesus. By composing five discourses he compares Jesus to Moses, since the first five boo...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica   JOHN 2:13-22    (Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17) When the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica falls on a Sunday, it replaces the Ordinary Sunday. A bit of history: St. John Lateran ranks first among the great basilicas of Rome. People may be unaware that...
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Monday, November 03, 2014

Commemoration of all the faithful departed

Commemoration of all the faithful departed   JOHN 6:37-40    (Wisdom 3:1-9; Romans 5:5-11)   Since 1970, the feast which commemorates all the faithful departed takes precedence over the Ordinary Sunday. This year All Souls Day replaces Ordinary Sunday 31A.  The choice of November 2 for this commemoration dates...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 22:34-40     (Exodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10)   In a series of confrontations with religious authorities in Jerusalem, Jesus first astounded a delegation of Pharisees and partisans of the Herod family who were rulers of parts of Palestine through ap...
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 22:15-21  (Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b) In the Gospel of Matthew the context of this reading is part of the final week of Jesus’ life. He is in Jerusalem. He has been publicly and royally proclaimed. This created a  dangerous situation with the possibility of ri...
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 22:1-14    (Isaiah 25:6-10a; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20) Another kingdom parable, and so it begins, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to….” The first  kingdom parable ends at verse 10. Up to that point the “kingdom of heaven” is...
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Monday, October 06, 2014

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 21:33-43    (Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:6-9) Parables seem to have been Jesus’ favorite teaching method. Matthew’s frequent use of  the parables of Jesus indicates that he too preferred parables for instruction. He begins simply, “Hear another p...
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 21:28-32    (Ezekiel 18:25-28; Philippians 2:1-11) The gospel reading of this Sunday is again a parable. A parable or teaching story can be long, as last Sunday’s gospel reading, or as short as the mini-parable the liturgy gives us for our consideration on this S...
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Monday, September 22, 2014