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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter The first reading is a watershed moment in Luke’s Acts of Apostles – the conversion of Gentiles to the Christian faith. The background: Cornelius was a Roman military officer at Caesarea on the Mediterranean seacoast.  He was a devout man, generous to the poor, and prayed constantl...
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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter The context of the first reading is the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Eventually, he would become St. Paul, but that would take the next thirty years. He had been a violent persecutor of the Christian movement in Jerusalem. He had witnessed and was involved in the lynching of Stephen, one of the fi...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter The first reading continues the Lectionary’s post-Easter series of selections from Acts of Apostles. The high priestly families, responsible for the arrest and execution of Jesus are on the move against The Way – a name used of and by early Christians for their own mission still within...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter The post-Easter series of readings from Acts of Apostles continues. On Easter Sunday the Lectionary presented us with a sermon (speech, homily) which Luke attributed to Simon Peter. The context was the conversion of the first Gentiles (non-Jews) to the Christian faith. Today the Lectionary offers u...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter The first reading for this Sunday is another excerpt from Acts of Apostles. Luke composed a glowing report of the earliest Christian Community in Jerusalem. “All believers were of one heart and mind, no one claimed anything as his or her own, but had everything in common.” A kind of Chr...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

EASTER SUNDAY: SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD

EASTER SUNDAY: SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD Acts 10:34a 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; JOHN 20:1-9  Easter is the central liturgical feast of the Year of Grace. Every Sunday is a celebration of Easter. But the name “Easter” seems meaningless to designate this major solemnity of the year. What does thi...
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion This Sunday’s first reading is the third of four poems (Psalms, songs) inserted by editors in the oracles of an unknown prophet we call Second Isaiah. The four poems are known as “The Servant Songs.” This prophet’s oracles form the second part of the Book of Isaiah, chapters...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent The context of this Sunday’s first reading is the ministry of the Prophet Jeremiah in Jerusalem sometime between the city’s first fall to the Babylonians in 597 B.C., and the final destruction of the city by the Babylonian army in 587 B.C. This excerpt from the oracles of Jeremiah is kn...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent The two books of the Old Testament known as I and II Chronicles are relatively unknown to Catholic Christians. They were probably never considered of great importance as even their name indicates in older English translation Bibles. That name: Paralipomenon – an English transliteration of a G...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent The first reading for this Sunday consists of the first edition of the Decalogue, also called the Ten Commandments or the Ten Words. The second edition is found in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. There are differences, no doubt due to the different sources of the two editions, and the passage of time between t...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018