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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD, CYCLE C LUKE 24:1-14 (Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps.l 18:1-2,16-17,22-23; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8)   Why do we use the name "Easter" for the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus? The origin of this usage is obscure. St. Bede the Venerable, (die...
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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD, CYCLE C LUKE 22:14 - 23:56 (Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9; 17-18,19-20,23-24; Phil. 2:6-11)   There are four Passion Narratives. Each expresses the theology of the author. There are considerable differences among them. Mark's Passion Narrative is thought t...
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fifth Sunday of lent

Fifth Sunday of lent FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C JOHN 8:1-11 (Isaiah 43:1-21; Psalm 126:1-6; Philippians 3:8-14)   On the fifth Sunday of Lent, the cycle of readings from the Gospel of Luke takes a detour through the Gospel of John. The story of the woman caught in adultery with its theme of repentance and forgi...
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C LUKE 15:1-3,11-32 (Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; Psalm 34:2-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)   The fifteenth chapter of Luke's gospel is the Lost and Found section of his gospel. A major theme of Luke's theology is repentance and forgiveness. The three stories or parables that co...
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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C LUKE 13:1-9 (Exodus3:l-8a, 13-15; Psalm 103;1-4,6-8,11; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12)   Jesus is engaged in his Galilean ministry of teaching and healing. Bystanders told him that some of their fellow Galileans had recently been in Jerusalem, where Pontius Pilate, a...
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C LUKE 9:28b-36 (Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18;; Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 13-14; Philippians 3:17-4:1)   The Liturgy places the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the Second Sunday of the Lenten season. Perhaps at one time this placement was intended as a beacon of hope for...
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C LUKE 4:1-13 (Deuteronomy 4:6-10; Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15; Romans 10:8-13)   The gospel reading for the first Sunday of Lent is the story of the temptation of Jesus. That Jesus was tempted in his human nature is a tradition embedded in all four gospels and in the New T...
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C LUKE 5:1-11 (Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8: Psalm 1-5, 7-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11)   The gathering of disciples was much in fashion in intertestamental times, that is, a century or two before and after the birth of Jesus. The great scribes before and after Jesus had...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C LUKE 4:21-30 (Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17; 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13)   Last Sunday’s gospel reading included Jesus’ first visit to his hometown, Nazareth of Galilee. On the Sabbath this faithful Jew went to synagogue just as...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C LUKE 1:1-4; 4:14-21 (8:2-6, 8-10; Psalm 19:8-10, 15; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30)   This Sunday’s gospel has two parts. The first part is a preface or prologue. In the prologue Luke notes that “many have undertaken to put together a narrative of th...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016