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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The context of this gospel selection is the feeding of “five thousand men, besides women and children” in the wilderness with five loaves of bread and two fish.” Matthew’s catechesis in that story could have been a proclamation that Jesus was the Messiah. Why? Because there...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Transfiguration of Jesus

The Transfiguration of Jesus Mark, Matthew, and Luke all have their version of the transfiguration of Jesus. Mark’s version is thought to be the oldest. The Gospel of Mark was composed about the year 70 A.D. Matthew and Luke wrote their documents about fifteen to twenty years later. Here we are concerned with MatthewR...
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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A MATTHEW 13:44-52(1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Ps.119:57,72,76-77,127-128, 129-130; Rom. 8:28-30)  The third gospel selection taken from Matthew 13, the Parable Chapter, adds three more parables to the collection the author gathered from oral and written tradit...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time More parables! More puzzles! Last Sunday’s gospel selection was taken from the opening of Matthew 13, the third of five great sermons Matthew constructed in his gospel from traditions about Jesus and to meet the needs of his Christian Community. Last Sunday’s parable: the Sower and the...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time This gospel selection begins a series of three Sundays on the 13th chapter of Matthew. This chapter is the third of the five great sermons of Jesus which Matthew constructs from oral and written tradition for the catechetical needs of his Christian Community.  Matthew begins, “On that da...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time The gospel of this day is Jesus’ hymn of praise and thanksgiving to his heavenly Father for the gift of revelation. Many of the thoughts expressed in this hymn are similar to thoughts and expressions found in Old Testament Wisdom Literature and in various Old Testament Prophets. Matthew begin...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Today’s gospel selection is a continuation of last Sunday’s gospel – instructions for Christian missionaries in the eighties of the first century of Christianity. The author of the Gospel accord-ing to Matthew gradually moved his catechesis from specific instructions for missionar...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time The context of this gospel selection is the second of five great sermons the author of Matthew’s gospel constructed from traditions about Jesus. This sermon is called “Missionary Instructions.” The headline: “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few. Pray, therefore, t...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ The gospel for the Feast of Corpus Christi is the heart of the Bread of Life Discourse in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. In the skillful arrangement of catechesis in this chapter John begins with a miracle, the sign of Jesus feeding a multitude of five thousand with a few loaves of bread...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity For the existence of the Holy Trinity we must rely entirely on revelation in the New Testament and the oral tradition of the Church which was the foundation of the New Testament. Human reason or observance of nature does not reveal the Trinity.  Some claim that the Holy Trinity is revealed in...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017