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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

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time The setting of this Sunday's gospel reading is Jerusalem. Jesus is sitting in an outer court of the temple. He and those with him were watching people drop contributions in chests set up to receive them. Some of those around Jesus made comments about the offerings of faithful Jews, and also of the...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time After Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus (last Sunday's gospel reading) in the city of Jericho, Luke points out that the end of the Journey to Jerusalem is almost at hand. Then he inserts the parable of the talents as a final teaching before Jesus enters Jerusalem. Luke writes, "He proceeded to speak...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time The longest section of Luke's gospel, called "The Journey to Jerusalem," is almost ended. The journey began at Luke 9:51, where Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem." The journey became a framework for Luke's catechesis - including difficult material for his Christian Community to absorb. Even th...
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Another parable - this one aimed at a fault common to many, and not just in the time of Jesus or the time of Luke. The parable addresses "those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised others." The probable meaning of "their own righteousness" in this context: reliance on one's ow...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time The next item on Luke's catechetical agenda is prayer. The instruction begins with a parable "about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary." The parable describes a judge "who neither feared God nor respected any human being." Hardly the kind of character we would want to occu...
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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Once again Luke reminds us that Jesus & Co. are "on the way to Jerusalem." It is amusing and well known among scholars that Luke had problems with Palestinian geography, and so he writes, "Jesus was passing along between Samaria and Galilee." No one has ever deciphered where to locate "between...
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Thursday, October 06, 2016