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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus visits his friends, Martha and Mary. Luke writes, "As they went on their way, Jesus entered a village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary...." The Lectionary omits "As they went on their way," but it is Luke's important reminder that Jesus & Co. are on a...
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke begins, "A scholar of the law stood up to test Jesus, and said...." A scholar of the law in the New Testament is more commonly known as a scribe. The "law" is not civil law or canon law but the Torah, the laws of Moses and everything else contained in the first five books of the Bible. His que...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark, Matthew and Luke all include in their gospels a sending out (mission) of the twelve apostles. Luke's gospel has an additional mission of seventy-two (or seventy) disciples. He uses an unusual Greek verb here translated as "appointed." This verb has the sense of "proclaimed as mouthpieces, tow...
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 9:51-62 (1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21; Ps. 16,1-2, 5, 7-8,9-10,11; Galatians 5:1,13-18) "When the days for Jesus being taken up were fulfilled...." Thus Luke begins the longest section of his gospel, "the Journey to Jerusalem." For Luke, the journey is an integral part of the passion, death, and resu...
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke begins: "Once when Jesus was praying...." The "praying" is a Lucan touch. In Luke's gospel Jesus characteristically prays before important events or before a major decision. Examples: at his baptism, 3:21; before choosing the Twelve, 6:12; before Peter's profession of faith, 9:18; before Jesus...
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: LUKE 7:36-8:3 (2 Samuel 12:7-13; Ps. 32:1-2, 5, 7,11; Galatians 2:16,19-21) Even though the Pharisees get bad press in our four gospels, Jesus had friends among them and table fellowship with them. It is unfortunate that the heated struggle between the leaders of Judaism (the "Pharisees") a...
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Friday, June 10, 2016

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C LUKE 7:11-17 (1 Kings 17:17-24; Ps. 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11,12,13; Galatians 1:11-19)   Jesus restores life to the only son of a widow. The context: Jesus has just completed Luke's version of teachings similar to those found in Matthew's Sermon on the Mountain....
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY, CYCLE C JOHN 16:12-15 (Proverbs 8:22-31; Ps. 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 5:1-5)  Before commenting on the gospel reading of the Feast of the Holy Trinity, it is worthwhile to give a brief history of the development of this feast. Devotion to the Holy Trinity...
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday PENTECOST SUNDAY, CYCLE C JOHN 19:20-23 (Acts 2:1-11; Ps. 104:1, 24, 29-30,31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13) The liturgy of the Ascension of the Lord presented us with two quite different narratives proclaiming the ascension. Both narratives were composed by Luke, one in his gospel, the other in...
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of the Lord ASCENSION OF THE LORD, CYCLE C LUKE 24:46-53 (ACTS 1:1-11; Ps.47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Eph.l:17-23 or Hebrew 9:24-28-10:19-23)  The gospel for the Feast of the Ascension begins with the only post-resurrection appearance of Jesus to his disciples. Before our gospel reading begins, Jesus first had to d...
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016