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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Sermon on the Mountain was introduced in last Sunday’s gospel reading by a kind of preamble enumerating the beatitudes attributed to Jesus in Matthew’s gospel. Luke also enumerates beatitudes attributed to Jesus, but only four. Then rather strangely he appends to the beatitudes four...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time This Sunday’s gospel reading begins a series of five Sundays of selections from Matthew’s composition called the Sermon on the Mountain. The Sermon on the Mountain is the first of five major sermons the author of Mathew’s gospel constructs from current traditions about Jesus in th...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time There are two parts to this gospel reading. The first part places Jesus in Galilee in northern Palestine. Galilee was his homeland and the major location of his ministry in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Jesus had been down south, probably in the same area in which John the Baptizer was wo...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany of the Lord The Christian scribe whom tradition calls Matthew seems to have been commissioned by the Christian Community of Antioch in Syria to compose a document to bring about unity between Christian Jews and Christian Gentiles in that already well known Christian Church. We know from the New Testament, and...
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Thursday, January 05, 2017

Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ

Birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ Last Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we experienced the first of two “Birth Stories” in the Gospel of Matthew. Today, on the feast of the birth of the Messiah and Lord, (titles bestowed on him by the angel of the shepherds), we experience a very different story of the birth of Jesu...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent Characteristic of Matthew’s gospel is a two-pronged approach. What led him in that direction? To call his gospel a compromise document is not off the wall. A valid hypothesis is this: Matthew writes for the Christian Community of Antioch in Syria about 85 A.D. It is clear from Acts of Apostle...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent The gospel readings of the second and third Sundays of Advent annually remind us of the importance of John the Baptizer’s witness to Jesus and his God-given ministry. The context of today’s gospel: at the instigation of the ruling family of Herods, John is in prison. The prison was prob...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent Today’s gospel reading centers on the ministry of John the Baptizer and his first public witness to “One mightier than I, whose sandals I am unworthy to carry.” Unlike Luke, Matthew gives his readers no background about the origin of the Baptizer. At his first appearance in Matthe...
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Thursday, December 01, 2016

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent The gospel reading for the first Sunday of Advent in any of the three Cycles of Readings is always taken from the last discourse of Jesus in Matthew, or Mark, or Luke. The readings for the current liturgical year, YEAR A, are taken from the final sermon of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. The select...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING The feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925. According to Pius XI, people of his time "...thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives," so that "these have no place in public affairs and politics." Pius continues,"...as long as individuals and states refuse to s...
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Friday, November 18, 2016