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The Baptism of the Lord - Jan. 8, 2016

The Baptism of the Lord - Jan. 8, 2016 THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD, CYCLE C LUKE 3:15-16, 21-22 (Isaiah 40:1-5; Ps. 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-30; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7)   The baptism to which Jesus submitted during the ministry of John the Baptizer was not the sacrament of baptism. The sacrament of baptism is believed to have been instit...
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Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH, CYCLE C LUKE 2:41-52 (1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; Ps. 84:-2-3, 5-6, 9-10; 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24)   The first two chapters of Luke’s gospel are known as The Infancy Narrative. The narrative consists of a carefully constructed series of parallel stori...
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, CYCLE C LUKE 1:39-45 (Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10) The term “advent” in its pre-Christian meaning referred to the official visitation of the Roman emperor or his delegate to a city or state in the empire. It is appropriate that Chri...
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, CYCLE C LUKE 3:10-18 (Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Psalm from Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7)   More than the other three gospels, Luke’s gospel is a “social” gospel, a gospel of mercy, a Pope Francis gospel. Luke’s “social” theme is emphasi...
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sunday Scriptures

Sunday Scriptures SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, CYCLE C LUKE 3:1-6 (Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11)   In the Preamble to his gospel Luke expresses his dissatisfaction with the previous attempts of other Christian writers “to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished a...
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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Sunday Scriptures

Sunday Scriptures LUKE 21:25-28, 34-36 (Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thess. 3:12-4/2; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10-14)   On the first Sunday of Advent in any year, whether from Cycle A readings (Matthew), or Cycle B (Mark), or Cycle C (Luke), the Sunday gospel is taken from Jesus’ last discourse in one of these three go...
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King   JOHN 18:33b-37 (Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5; Revelation 1:5-8)   The institution of the Feast of Christ the King dates from 1925. Pope Pius XI’s intention in estab-lishing this feast was to counteract secularism and atheism. The feast was originally celebrated on the last S...
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   There are three versions of Jesus’ last sermon or discourse – Mark, Matthew, and Luke. It is generally accepted that Mark’s version is the oldest of the three, and that Luke and Matthew used Mark’s version, changed it and expanded it for their own gospels. The discour...
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Monday, November 09, 2015

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 12:38-44 (1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:, 8-9, 9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28)   Jesus and his disciples had walked the main road from Jericho up to Jerusalem accompanied by crowds of pilgrims from Galilee. The grand entry into Jerusalem had taken place. It was late on that day. After a brief...
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Monday, November 02, 2015

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time   Matthew is a catechetical genius. Even though Mark’s gospel is older by a decade or two, Matthew deserves to be first in the New Testament. He arranges his material in such a way that the structure of his gospel becomes clear and the material lends itself to easy memorization.  On...
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Thursday, October 29, 2015