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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

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 10:17-30 (Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13)   The headline for this Sunday’s catechesis could be “Christians and Wealth.” First Mark reminds his readers that just like the preceding teaching on marriage, what he is about to teach by thi...
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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark’s instruction on the permanence of marriage takes the form of the following story. The Pharisees approached Jesus with a question, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” Mark notes that they were testing him. These Pharisees are probably the Torah scholars usually...
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 (Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14; James 5:1-6)   John and James, sons of Zebedee, were the second pair of brothers chosen by Jesus to be his disciples. In this Sunday’s gospel reading John gets his first line in the Gospel of Mark. He also gets...
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 9:30-37 (Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8; James3:16-4:3)   In the context of Mark’s gospel, Jesus and three disciples had just returned from the mountain of his transfiguration. Down on the plain they came upon a scene of confusion. In the absence of Jesus on the mou...
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Friday, September 11, 2015