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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent JOHN 3:14-21 (2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Psalm 137:1-6; Ephesians 4:2-10)   This Sunday’s gospel reading follows a dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus. The latter was an important man in the Jewish establishment in Jerusalem. He was a member of the Sanhedrin. He was intrigued enough...
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Monday, March 09, 2015

Third Sunday in Lent

Third Sunday in Lent   JOHN 2:13-25 (Exodus 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; Psalm 19:9-11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25)   The setting for the cleansing of the temple is the first Passover of Jesus in Jerusalem. There will be two more during his public ministry. The other three gospels place the cleansing of the temple at the e...
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Monday, March 02, 2015

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent   MARK 9:2-10 (Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Ps. 116:10, 15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34)   The Transfiguration of Jesus. There are three versions of Jesus’ transfiguration in the gospels and an abbreviated form of it in 2 Peter 1:17-18. Mark’s version seems to be first in...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent   MARK 1:12-15 (Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22)   When there is mention of the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, we instinctively think of the triple temptation in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. The earlier gospel, Mark, knows nothing of a triple temptation...
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time MARK 1:40-45 (Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1)   The final story of Mark’s chapter one is the curing of a leper. The leper approaches Jesus and kneels before him. He says, “If you will, you can make me clean.” For a leper to approach any...
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Monday, February 09, 2015

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 1:29-39 (Isaiah 58:7-10; Psalm 112:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5)   This Sunday’s gospel reading continues that of last Sunday - Jesus’ activity at Capernaum on the NW shore of the Sea of Galilee. Last week we left Jesus in the local synagogue. The quick and effici...
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MARK 1:21-28 (Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35)   In last Sunday’s gospel reading Jesus chose his first four disciples at the Sea of Galilee. Now the five companions went north to Capernaum, which was situated on the NW shore of the Sea of Galile...
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time MARK 1:14-20 (Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31)   This Sunday’s gospel reading has two parts: The first cites the end of the Baptizer’s ministry and Jesus’ first public activity after the temptations in the wilderness. The second part takes up th...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time   JOHN 1:35-42 (1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20)   The mission of John the Baptizer, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins and witnessing to Jesus was ongoing. He had endured an investigation by an official delegation of...
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Monday, January 12, 2015

The Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord   There are three versions of the baptism of Jesus – Mark, Matthew, Luke. All three include the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove upon Jesus and an approving voice from the sky.  The Gospel of John, for its own theological reasons, omits the baptism of Jesus, but does...
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Monday, January 05, 2015