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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Second Sunday in  Ordinary Time, Year C Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 Today is the third Sunday in succession on which the first reading is taken from the Book of Isaiah. Last Sunday, the Baptism of Jesus, the reading came from those chapters,...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Baptism of the Lord, Year C

The Baptism of the Lord, Year C THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD, YEAR C Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-30; Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22  The first reading is the opening of that part of Isaiah called the Book of Consolation. The setting is about 540 B.C. The people of Israel have been in exile in th...
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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year C

Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year C FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Micah is the last of the four 8th century B.C. prophets in this order, Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah. His ministry is in and to the Kingdom of Judah and its capital city Jerusalem. He comes upon the...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Third Sunday of Advent, Year C THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Zephaniah 3:14-18a; Psalm (Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 The first reading is from the oracles of the Old Testament prophet Zephaniah. His prophetic mission took place in the early years of King Josiah about 630 B.C. This king was arguably th...
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Baruch 5:1-9; Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6  Baruch, secretary and assistant to the late seventh and early sixth century B.C. prophet Jeremiah, was a prominent member of a Judean family with connections to the royal palace of t...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

First Sunday of Advent, Year C

First Sunday of Advent, Year C FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR C Jeremiah 33:14-16; Ps. 25:4-5, 8-10, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36   The opening reading of the Year of Grace on the First Sunday of Advent is taken from the Prophet Jeremiah. This prophet was active in Jerusalem and surroundings from about 6...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sunday scriptures - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Sunday scriptures - Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1, 1-2, 5; Revelation 1:5-8; JOHN 18:33b-37  The first reading for the Solemnity of King Jesus is from the 7th chapter of the Book of Daniel. Some background to Daniel was given in last week’s column. This...
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Timqe, Year B

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Timqe, Year B THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; MARK 13:24-32  The first reading is from the Book of Daniel. The setting, though not the time of writing, is in the sixth century B.C. while the Judeans were in exile in Babylon. The auth...
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B THIRTY–SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; MARK 12:38-44  The First Book of Kings contains an Elijah Cycle of stories. Tentative dating for Elijah’s prophetic ministry in Israel, the northern kingdom, is from 869-849 B.C...
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B THIRTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR B Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalm 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51; Hebrews 7:23-28; MARK 12:28b-34  The first reading is part of a discourse attributed to Moses by the authors of the Book of Deuteronomy. The discourse begins as follows, “Moses called the whole of...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018