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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity   This gospel reading was chosen for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity because it contains the Trinitarian baptismal formula used in Matthew’s Christian Community in the last part of the first Christian century. According to Acts of Apostles, baptism among some Christians was given...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ascension of the Lord

Ascension of the Lord   MARK 16:15-20 (Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23)   The Gospel of Mark originally ended very abruptly and on a disappointing note. The faithful women who had followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem knew where the body of Jesus had been hurriedly buried. Once the Sa...
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter   In this sequel to the parable of the Vine and Branches, John meditates on the relationship of love and commandment.  All statements are attributed to Jesus, but it must be remembered that the most probable date for the Gospel of John is in the mid-nineties of the first Christian century...
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Monday, May 04, 2015

Fifth Sunday after Easter

Fifth Sunday after Easter   The Parable of the Vine and the Branches is part of John’s meditation on the Last Supper, chapters 13-17. The parable opens with these words, “I am the true vine.” To understand the meaning of the parable of the Vine and the Branches, two approaches are necessary. The first...
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter JOHN 10:11-18; (Acts 4:8-12; Ps. 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29; 1 John 3:1-2)   The parable of the Good Shepherd. Crucial to understanding what John is teaching by this para-able is Ezekiel 34. The bulk of Ezekiel’s ministry took place between 593 and 586 B.C., not in Jerusalem but in Ba...
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter   Luke 24:35-48 (Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9; 1 John 2:1-5a)   This Sunday’s gospel reading is a sequel to Jesus’ encounter with two disciples on the walk home from Jerusalem to Emmaus. The risen Lord, whom they had not yet recognized, was sharing a meal with the...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter   JOHN 20:19-31 (Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 John 5:1-6)   On Easter Sunday the gospel reading reported the visit of Mary Magdalene to the tomb of Jesus. Next there was a visit from Simon Peter and the disciple called “the Beloved Disciple.” All found the tomb...
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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

The Resurrection of our Lord

The Resurrection of our Lord JOHN 20:1-9 (Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8)   It was the first day of the week, Sunday to us, a workday for the Jews of Jesus’ time.  One of his most faithful disciples, Mary of Magdala (Magdalene), came to the tomb of Jesus very early, so ear...
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday   MARK 14:1-15:47 (Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Philippians 2:6-11)   The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark is the oldest version of the Passion in our four gospels. Luke and Matthew expanded Mark’s version according to their own theology and tr...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent JOHN 12:20-33 (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13,14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9)   Jesus’ final Passover in Jerusalem is at hand. He had visited his friends Martha and Mary in Bethany on the Mount of Olives. Out of love for them and their recently deceased brother Lazarus, he restored life to...
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Thursday, March 19, 2015