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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 5:17-37    (Sirach 15:15-20; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10) The series of gospel readings from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount continues. Like the rest of Matthew’s gospel, this sermon is also a compromise document. Matthew’s comm-unity, probably at Antioch in S...
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 5:13-16    (Isaiah 58:7-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5) Today’s gospel reading from the Sermon on the Mount uses three symbols or metaphors to describe a Christian  or a Christian way of life – salt, a city on a hill, and light. Matthew attributes these words...
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Monday, February 03, 2014

Presentation of the Lord

Presentation of the Lord   LUKE 2:22-40    (Malachy 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18) The celebration of the Presentation of the Lord Jesus in his Father’s temple replaces the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Luke notes that “the time came for their purification.” If by the word their Luke is und...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time   MATTHEW 4:12-23    (Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17) Jesus heard that John had been arrested, and he withdrew northward into Galilee. The correct translation of Matthew’s Greek is this, “When Jesus heard that John had been handed over….R...
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Monday, January 20, 2014

Second Sunday in Ordinary Times

Second Sunday in Ordinary Times   JOHN 1:29-34    (Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3) The context from which today’s gospel reading is taken is the preaching of John the Baptizer. John had just humbled himself by a public proclamation that there is a man among them whom they do not recognize and that...
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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Baptism of Jesus

The Baptism of Jesus   MATTHEW 3:13-17    (Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7) There are three versions of John’s baptism of Jesus – Mark, Matthew, and Luke. The oldest of these is Mark. It is also the shortest. The differences in the three gospels indicate that as time went on, some Christian communiti...
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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Holy Family

The Holy Family   MATTHEW 2:13-15, 19-23    (Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21) The Gospel reading for Holy Family Sunday begins with one of St. Joseph’s multiple dreams in Matthew’s first two chapters. Biblically speaking, dreams and the messages relayed in them were a kind o...
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent   MATTHEW 1:18-24    (Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7) The gospel reading for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A, is Matthew’s first of two “Christmas” stories. The second Christmas story is the Epiphany. In this whole first chapter of Matthew’s gospel the...
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Monday, December 16, 2013

Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent   MATTHEW 11:2-11    (Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10; James 5:7-10) The Baptizer’s role as preparer for the “advent” of the Lord Jesus continues in today’s liturgy. The situation in Matthew’s gospel is this: John was now in prison. According to Mark and Matthew...
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent MATTHEW 3:1-12    The ministry of John the Baptizer was so important as a preparation for the ministry of Jesus that all four gospels, with considerable differences, begin their proclamation of the Good News with the preaching and baptizing ministry of John. His basic message was a...
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Monday, December 02, 2013