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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time The Levites who composed the Book of Deuteronomy included some teachings of which it could be said that the less they are known, so much the better. But they also included some of the most beautiful expressions and instructions in the Old Testament. For example, “You shall love the Lord your...
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time The first reading for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is a selection from the Book of Jonah. Jonah’s first call to go to Nineveh, to the east, is omitted together with his foolish decision to take a cruise westward on the Mediterranean.  The grumpy and disobedient prophet ended up in t...
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time “Ordinary Time” begins today and will lead us to the season of Lent. The boy Samuel was born as a special gift to a woman who sadly had remained childless. She made a promise to the Lord at the shrine of the Ark of the Covenant at Shiloh that, if the Lord would give her a son, she would...
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord Our four Gospels are an early form of catechesis, instruction for Christians. Some of that instruction was directed to current problems in the Christian Community in which Matthew was active. The best hypothesis is that the Gospel of Matthew originates in the Christian Community of Antioch in Syria...
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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent The first reading, the Responsorial Psalm, and the gospel reading of this Sunday are tied together by an important Old Testament name – David. Our four gospels, Acts of Apostles, two of Paul’s Letters, and the Book of Revelation connect Jesus to King David, who lived a thousand years ea...
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent For the first reading, we return to that part of the Book of Isaiah called Third Isaiah (chapters 56-66).  This prophet was active in Jerusalem about 530-520 B.C. The original context of these prophetic oracles: a proclamation of the credentials of this unknown prophet, a kind of mission state...
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent As on the First Sunday of Advent, the readings begin with a selection from the Book of Isaiah. Last Sunday we experienced oracles of Third Isaiah. That prophet’s name is unknown but his oracles, chapters 56-66, were collected and placed by editors in the Book of Isaiah.  The same must be...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent The beginning of the Year of Grace is marked each year by the season of Advent. In the history of its origin in the dual official languages of the Roman Empire, “Advent” was a technical term for the visit of an important imperial official or of the emperor to a city or kingdom of the em...
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King

The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ the King The Solemnity of Christ the King permanently replaces the Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time in all three liturgical years, A, B, C. Originally this celebration of Jesus’ kingship was set on the last Sunday of October. When Bl. Pope Paul VI, 1963-78, reformed the liturgical calendar, this...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time One of the parables Matthew attaches to his version of Jesus’ final discourse is the Parable of the Talents. There is no doubt that this parable belongs in Matthew’s catechetical teaching on the end of time and the return of Jesus. The opening sentence of the parable reveals it. Before...
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Thursday, November 16, 2017