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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 20:1-16a    (Isaiah 55:6-9; Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a) The one year which Matthew assigns to Jesus’ ministry in Galilee is over. Jesus and his disciples are moving south on the east bank of the Jordan River. Their destination: Jerusalem. In Matthew’s plan for his...
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Exaltation of the Holy Cross   JOHN 3:13-17    (Numbers 21:4b-9; Philippians 2:6-11)   When September 14 falls on a Sunday, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross replaces the Ordinary Sunday. The gospel reading for this feast is part of a dialogue between Jesus and Nicodemus. The latter wa...
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Monday, September 08, 2014

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 18:15-20    (Ezekiel 33:7-9; Romans 13:8-10) As has often been noted, Matthew composed five major discourses attributed to Jesus. To have only five, no more, no less, seems to be based on a principle of Matthew that Jesus is the new and final messenger of God’s r...
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 16:21-27    (Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans 12:1-2) Matthew is guided by the Gospel of Mark in a remarkable contrast between the glory of last Sunday’s gospel reading and the gospel of this Sunday. Last Sunday we experienced Simon’s grand profession of faith in Jesus as ̶...
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 16:13-20    (Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36) Last Sunday’s gospel reading gave us an example of Matthew’s theological geography. Jesus left the traditional boundaries of the Holy Land and responded to the plea of a Canaanite, a heathen, a Gentile, a woman. In this wa...
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 15:21-28    (Isaiah 56:1, 6-7; Romans 11:13-15, 29-32) In the preceding story Matthew taught his Christian Community that the so-called unclean foods do not defile any one, that is, eating foods like pork, etc., does not make anyone incapable of engaging in community w...
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 14:22-33    (1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Romans 9:1-5) “Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side while he dismissed the crowd.” Thus begins this Sunday’s gospel reading, the immediate sequel to the feeding of the five thous...
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Monday, August 04, 2014

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 14:13-21    (Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35, 37-39)   In the context of this gospel reading, the disciples of John the Baptizer just reported to Jesus that John had been executed in prison by order of Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee. Jesus’ association with the...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52; First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Second Reading: Romans 8:28-30   The gospel reading for this Sunday’s liturgy is the third in a series of readings from Matthew 13, the parable chapter. The parable chapter is the third of five major discourses attributed to Jes...
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 13:24-43    (Wisdom 12:13, 16-19; Romans 8:26-27) Matthew’s third major discourse attributed to Jesus, the parable chapter, continues from last Sunday’s liturgy. The first parable: The Weeds Sown into the Wheat. This parable begins with the words, “Th...
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Monday, July 14, 2014