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Second Sunday of Easter

Second Sunday of Easter   JOHN 20:19-31    (Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1:3-9) In John’s catechetical instruction about events following the resurrection of Jesus, the first morning of the week has been very eventful. No one saw Jesus rising from the dead. With a glorified body no longer subject to the...
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Resurrection of the Lord

The Resurrection of the Lord   MATTHEW 28:1-10    (Acts 10:34a, 37-43; 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8) The liturgy for Easter Sunday gives us the option of using John 20:1-9 or Matt 28:1-10. The topic of both readings is the discovery of the empty tomb by disciples of Jesus. In addition Matthew includes an annunciati...
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Sixth Sunday of Lent - Palm Sunday

Sixth Sunday of Lent - Palm Sunday MATTHEW 26:14 – 27:66    (Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:4-7) Basic to Matthew’s version of the Passion Narrative is Mark’s version. Because there is so much material available in Matthew’s much longer Passion Narrative, it may be best to comment mostly on what...
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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent JOHN 11:1-45   (Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11) There are seven major miracles attributed to Jesus in the Gospel of John. The resurrection of Lazarus is the last of the seven. John calls Jesus’ miracles “signs,” because they are clues or signs that proclaim who and what...
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent JOHN 9:1-41    (1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ephesians 5:8-14) In the story of the man born blind, we first encounter an ancient belief that physical limitations are a punishment for the sin of the physically challenged individual, or in this case, also the sin of the man’s par...
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Third Sunday of Lent

Third Sunday of Lent   JOHN 4:5-42    (Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8) This gospel reading is the first of three from the Gospel of John imported into Matthew’s year, Cycle A. These three are: Jesus’ encounter with Samaritans; his creation of sight for a man born blind; the resurrectio...
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent   MATTHEW 17:1-9    (Genesis 12:1-4a; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10) The gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent is the transfiguration of Jesus. Mark, Matthew, and Luke have differing versions of this episode, as might be expected from different authors with differing catechetical age...
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Sunday of Lent

First Sunday of Lent MATTHEW 4:1-11    (Genesis 2:3-9, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19) The annual liturgy of the First Sunday of Lent presents us with one of three versions of the temptation of Jesus – Mark or Matthew or Luke. These are not the only temptation-of-Jesus proclamations in the New Testament. The Let...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 6:24-34    (Isaiah 49:14-15; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5) This gospel reading is the sixth and final selection from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. This section concerns wealth, money, possessions. The headline is in the conclusion: “You cannot serve God and mammon,” (a S...
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time MATTHEW 5:38-48    (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23) Today’s gospel reading is the fifth in a series of Cycle A readings from the Gospel of Matthew. It also completes the six Antitheses that began in last Sunday’s gospel reading. These begin with a thesis, a quo...
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014