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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

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