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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

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent The near-sacrifice by Abraham of his only son Isaac, Genesis 22, is the first reading for this Sunday. For many years Abraham and Sarah had been hoping for a son. So desperate had they become that Sarah turned over to Abraham her own slave girl Hagar to generate a child. This child was named Ishmae...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent As the annual season of Lent begins, the Scriptural readings turn to the opening book of the Bible. In the theological plan of instruction intended by authors and editors of the Book of Genesis, God never gave up on his wayward human creatures. It all began with the ideal existence of a man and a w...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this Sunday is from the Book of Leviticus. This is the third book in our Bible. It is also called the Third Book of Moses or the Third Book of the Torah (teaching or law) or the Third Book of the Pentateuch (of the five scrolls).  The Hebrew title of a biblical book is ta...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for this Sunday is an excerpt from the Book of Job. Like so much of the Old and New Testament, we are not reading a biography or history of a man named Job. Instead, we are reading a long debate attempting to solve a problem which cannot be solved entirely in this world – Wh...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018