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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent   MATTHEW 24:37-44  (Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14) The English word “advent” is derived from the Latin adventus. The term was used for the official visitation of an emperor, a king, or other important official of kingdom or empire. Our own Advent anticipates the visitation of...
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King   LUKE 23:35-43 The feast of Christ the King permanently replaces the thirty-fourth and last Sunday in Ordinary Time, (unless a Pope decrees a different date, as has happened twice). This feast was established during a Holy Year by Pope Pius XI on December 11, 1925, in the encyclical Quas Prim...
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 20:27-38 A long section of Luke’s gospel, called “The Journey to Jerusalem,” begins in chapter nine, verse 51. The journey ended in chapter 21:28-45, at the royal and triumphal entry of Jesus into the city and the temple. After his arrival, he faced homicidal opposition from...
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Monday, November 04, 2013

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 19:1-10 In the person of Zacchaeus Luke brings together two groups of which he has written much throughout his gospel – the rich and the tax collectors. To these groups one could apply what Luke wrote earlier about Mammon (money) and God, “Love the one and hate the other....
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 18:9-14 Luke’s instruction on prayer continues. Last Sunday’ instruction was on perseverance in prayer. This Sunday’s centers on the proper disposition for prayer. The teaching is con-tained in a parable with an introduction. “Jesus addressed this parable to some...
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 18:1-8 This instruction on prayer and perseverance in prayer is in the form of a parable with an introduction attributed to Jesus. Luke begins, “Jesus spoke a parable to his disciples about the necessity for them to pray without become weary.” This is not Luke’s first instruc...
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time   LUKE 17:11-19 In the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke the ministry of Jesus is primarily in Galilee, in the north of Palestine. In the south lay Judea with its capital city Jerusalem. Samaria lay between Galilee and Judea. The normal route to Jerusalem would be through Samaria. However, Je...
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Monday, October 07, 2013

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 17:5-10 For a month of Sundays, Luke will step away from his zeal to teach Christians the correct use of wealth. Today the subject is faith. The apostles approach Jesus with this appeal, “Increase our faith!” Jesus does not comply by heaping a “quantity” of faith on the...
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time LUKE 16:19-31 Luke continues his instruction on the use of wealth with another parable.  A rich man clothed in purple and fine linen indulged in his daily banquet. Purple dye was obtained from a Mediterranean shellfish. The dye was used for clothing often restricted to royalty and to those on...
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time     LUKE 16:1-13 With this story Luke returns to the theme of Christians and wealth. A rich man had a steward (a property manager). A report came to the rich man - his steward was squander-ing the property entrusted to him. He called him “on the carpet.” An audit was necessary...
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Monday, September 16, 2013