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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

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Jesus and his disciples are en route from Galilee in the north to Jerusalem in the south for Passover. Their journey began after the transfiguration of Jesus. Mark arranged the material in his gospel so that the transfiguration takes place before the journey to Jerusalem begins. Thus the jou...
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 10:35-45 (Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; Hebrews 4:14-16)   Human ambition to power rather than service is another difficult issue Mark includes in his instruction under the heading, “Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem.” James and John, two of the first fo...
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Thursday, October 08, 2015