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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 13:1-23    (Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23) In composing his gospel Matthew constructed five major discourses or sermons he attributes to Jesus. Matthew’s concern is to present Jesus as the new Moses based on Deuteronomy 18:15-18, where we find these words, R...
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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 11:25-30    (Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9, 11-13) We do not know the actual sequence of events during the ministry of Jesus in Galilee. From earliest times it was known and expressed that the authors of the gospels arranged events, etc., to suit their agenda. They arra...
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Monday, June 30, 2014

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul MATTHEW 16:13-19    (Acts 12:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18) St. Peter: Simon, son of John (Johnson).  Nothing is known of him until Jesus, walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, calls him as one of the first four disciples along with Simon’s brother Andrew and the t...
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus JOHN 6:51-58    (Deuternomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17) The gospel reading for the feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus is part of a major dis-course attributed to Jesus in chapter six of the Gospel of John. This chapter, or parts of it, is known by various names: the Bre...
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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Most Holy Trinity

The Most Holy Trinity   JOHN 3:16-18    (Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13) This gospel reading seems an unusual choice for Holy Trinity Sunday, since the Holy Spirit is not even mentioned – the Person of the Trinity whom Pope Francis recently spoke of as the Forgotten One. This gospe...
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Monday, June 09, 2014

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Sunday JOHN 20:19-23 & ACTS 2:1-11    (Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13) The liturgy of the feast of Pentecost presents us with two ways of describing the infusion of the Holy Spirit into the Christian Community, the Church. Each of these two ways can be understood as the birthday o...
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Ascension of our Lord

The Ascension of our Lord   MATTHEW 28:16-20    (Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23) In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus had not appeared to the eleven remaining apostles after his resurrection. Two women, Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” had come to the tomb of Jesus at dawn of the first day of th...
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter   JOHN 14:15-21    (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3:15-18) The Last Supper Discourse attributed to Jesus by the Gospel of John continues from last Sunday’s gospel reading. A major theme of last Sunday’s reading was faith/trust in Jesus. On this Sunday it is love, as if...
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Fifth Sunday of Easter  JOHN 14:1-12    (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Peter 2:4-9) In the gospel reading for this Sunday John showcases two as yet obscure disciples of Jesus: Thomas (of later doubting fame) and Philip. The setting is the Last Supper Dis-course. In the other three gospels Jesus says very little at th...
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Monday, May 12, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter   JOHN 10:1-10    (Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 2:20b-25) This Sunday’s gospel reading consists of remarks preliminary to the parable of the Good Shepherd. John depicts Jesus beginning with his customary oath when an important principle is proclaimed. “Amen, Amen, I sa...
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Monday, May 05, 2014