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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   JOHN 6:51-58 (Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; Ephesians 5:15-20)   This Sunday’s gospel is the fourth taken from the Bread of Life Discourse. The author arranged the composition of this discourse so that the teaching it conveys is revealed in three ascending steps. The fir...
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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time     JOHN 6:51-58 (Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7; Ephesians 5:15-20)   This Sunday’s gospel is the fourth taken from the Bread of Life Discourse. The author arranged the composition of this discourse so that the teaching it conveys is revealed in three ascending steps....
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Thursday, August 06, 2015

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   JOHN 6:24-35 (Exodus 15:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24)   This Sunday’s gospel reading is the second in a series of five Sunday gospels taken from John 6, the Bread of Life Discourse. The first in the series dealt with the sign (miracle) of Jesus fe...
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time JOHN 6:1-15 (2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18; Ephesians 4:1-6)   This Sunday’s gospel reading is the first of five taken from John 6, the Bread of Life Discourse. In the first three sentences John places key words to help readers understand the catechesis of this discourse...
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 6:7-13 (Amos 7:12-15; Psalm 83:9-10, 11-12, 13-14; Ephesians 1:3-14)   In the context of Mark’s gospel Jesus experienced a less than enthusiastic visit to Nazareth, His hometown. In response, the Marcan Jesus turns to His new family, as our gospel reading for this Sunday begi...
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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time A proverb states, “You can’t go home again.” The proverb expresses the difficulty that can be incurred by a famous person returning to her or his home town. And that’s how it was when Jesus returns to Nazareth in this Sunday’s gospel reading. News of Jesus’ procl...
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 5:21-43 (Wisdom 1:13-15; Psalm 3-:2, 4, 5-6, 11, 12, 13; 2 Cor 8:7-9, 13-15)   There are two miracle stories in this Sunday’s gospel reading – restoration to life of a twelve year old girl and restoration to health of a woman who had been ill for twelve years. The mirac...
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time   Mark 4:35-41 (Job 38:1, 8-11; Psalm 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31; 2 Cor 5:14-17)   The setting for the parable chapter of Mark’s gospel was given in 4:1. Jesus was teaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. The crowd increased to the point of pushing him into the sea. He got i...
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time MARK 4:26-34 (Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10)   On this Sunday in Ordinary Time the liturgy takes us into the parable chapter of Mark’s gospel. The Greek word, parabole, can be defined as an analogy or comparison. The Hebrew word for this form of liter...
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Monday, June 08, 2015

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ   MARK 14:12-16, 22-26 (Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15)   “On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover Lamb.” This is how Mark begins the Passion Narrative of Jesus the Messiah (Christ). Passover and Unlea...
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Monday, June 01, 2015