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First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent The Liturgy of the First Sunday of Lent annually presents us with the story of the temptation of Jesus. This year – Matthew’s version. The original version is found in Mark 1:12-13, a very brief note that “The Spirit immediately (after Jesus’ baptism) expelled him out into t...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time This gospel reading completes the series of six Sunday readings taken from the Sermon on the Mountain for this year. The gospel for the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time is also taken from the Sermon on the Mountain, but the 9th, 10th, and 11th Sundays in Ordinary Time are omitted this year. Next Sunda...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time The Sunday gospel readings taken from the Sermon on the Mountain continue with the fifth and sixth theses and their antitheses. A thesis is introduced with these or similar words, “You have heard that it was said…,” indicating a quote from Scripture. The antithesis follows with Je...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel reading is the third in a series of selections from the Sermon on the Mountain. Reading between the lines of Matthew’s gospel it is clear that one of his purposes was to bring about unity in his Christian Community between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians.  O...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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