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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 11, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-9 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: Romans 13:8-10Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20In today's Gospel Peter is praised by Jesus, and the next minute it seems, Jesus is calling Peter Satan. Peter is using worldly understanding and does not want Jesus to suffer on the Cross and for us to eventually do the same. It is not that Jesus wants to see us all
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 19, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Wisdom 12:13, 16-19vResp. Psalm: Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-162nd Reading: Romans 8:26-27Gospel: Matthew 13:24-43I demand my rights. I want retribution for what I have suffered. You'll pay for this! We've heard something like this before. Well, you know, as Americans, we don't like to suffer injustices. After all, we have the right to a speedy trial, if need be. But what we are hearing
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Easter Reflection

Apr 15, 2020
With Christ's Resurrection God fully reveals the new logic of his Kingdom, a logic that defies worldly values and categories, and transcends human logic. It is a new order of things that is always surprising and uplifting, showing that his love in its apparent weakness and inefficiency is the greatest power in the universe and the only one capable of redeeming all
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 05, 2019
Print by Gustave Doré illustrating the parable ofthe rich man and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke.Public domainReadings:1st Reading: Amos 6:4-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-102nd Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16Gospel: Luke 16:19-31We may wonder why some people seem to "get away" with crimes and not worshiping God as they should. Put another way, why does God allow the
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 01, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21Resp. Psalm Psalm 16:1-2,5, 7-8, 9-10, 112nd Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18Gospel: Luke 9:51-62Times change but the truth doesn't change. If the truth did change it wouldn't be the truth! God only tells us what is true. He is incapable of telling any falsehood in any way shape or form. So, it follows that just because even though times change, the truth stays
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Corpus Christi Sunday

Jun 25, 2019
Image by James Chan from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20Resp. Psalm Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 42nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is very important because this is how Jesus chooses to sustain and nourish us spiritually and physically. Our bodies taste bread and wine but our spirits taste the Living God.
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The Baptism of the Lord

Jan 15, 2019
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Resp.: Psalm 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-302nd Reading: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22Now that Jesus's birth has been manifested to the world, His ministry begins. Jesus not only tells us what we should do but he actually does what we should do: he is baptized in the River Jordan.Jesus did not need to be baptized like we do. He did not contract
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Oct 02, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29Resp.: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a)2nd Reading: James 5:1-6Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 This Sunday's readings remind us that we live for the next world, not for this one. What does it matter if we don't have things in our lives the way we would prefer? If we suffer these losses for the sake of God's Kingdom, that is,
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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sep 15, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4c-9aResp.: Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (9) 2nd Reading: James 2:14-18Gospel: Mark 8:27-35In today's readings, Jesus is helping us to understand that we live in this world to determine where we will live for eternity. We must follow Jesus as we know, all the way to the Cross. This means that life on earth will be fraught with trials and adversity and unfortunately tragedy
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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Mar 18, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-­34 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-­4, 12­-13, 14­-152nd Reading: Hebrews 5:7-­9Gospel: John 12:20­-33Jesus goes before us to show us the way. He told his disciples about the grain of wheat that must die if it is to bear much fruit. But why do we have to die? Because of the Sin of Adam and Eve. So Jesus takes us to a new level – if
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Wedding at Cana – Part 2 of 2

Feb 20, 2018
Mary and the Mystery of CanaA second very important thing about this gospel is that at the wedding feast at Cana, which symbolized the new Kingdom of grace, the Mother of Jesus was there. Mary’s presence at Cana was not just an aside. She was not there by mistake. She was not there by happenstance.  Notice, the Mary is spoken of in this gospel passage even before Jesus is mentioned.
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Some Aspects of Independence Day - July 4th, Civil Religious Liberty, & Authentic Christian Freedom – Part 2

Sep 26, 2016
        Under grace, we Catholic-Christians strive for a deeper development of our human personality in the lights of both reason and revelation (rational thinking and God's Word). We Catholics believe that our human DESTINY has been revealed as GOD ALONE. 'We have no purely natural destiny!' That is our Catholic theological conclusion from the collective data of sacred scripture.
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