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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 7:31-37 (Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; James 2:1-5)   In last Sunday’s gospel reading Mark informed us that Jesus declared all foods “clean.” The distinction between clean and unclean foods which is given in great detail in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 1...
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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time   After five Sunday gospels from the Bread of Life Discourse of the Gospel of John, the gospel readings return to the Gospel of Mark. Jesus is in Galilee. A group of religious watchdogs come down to Galilee from Jerusalem to investigate this now famous preacher and healer. They notice an infri...
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time   JOHN 6:60-69 (Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21; Eph. 5:21-32)   In this final gospel reading from the Bread of Life Discourse the concern of the author of the Gospel of John is to deal with objections to the difficult teachings of the discourse. He begins wi...
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Thursday, August 20, 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. 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