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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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Twentieth Sunday

Aug 19, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 Jesus tests the woman in today's Gospel. She is begging him for help – she asks him to have pity on her daughter. But He says "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." The woman was not an Israelite, she was from Canaan. But she
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 03, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Zechariah 9:9-10Resp. Psalm: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-142nd Reading: Romans 8:9, 11-13Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30In this time when we hear so much about injustice which has been going on for centuries, we need to remember that we have the remedy: Jesus! In the first reading from Zechariah, we heard that Jesus is a Just Savior and, we also heard a forecast: He will enter
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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Times

Jun 25, 2020
Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13 Resp. Psalm: Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-352nd Reading: Romans 5:12-15 Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33 The only truly just One is God. We know that when we are judged at the end of our lives, as St. John of the Cross tells us, it will be done in love. Times of examination can be scary, like going to the doctor, evaluations at school or at work, going
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Third Sunday of Easter

Apr 25, 2020
Readings:1st Reading: Acts 2:14, 22-33 Resp. Psalm Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-21 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 It is interesting that the eyes of the disciples going down the road to Emmaus were not opened until the breaking of the bread. Last week Thomas's eyes were opened when Jesus appeared to the disciples in the locked room. Why the difference?TimingGod
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jul 27, 2019
Image by Michael Gaida from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10aResp. Psalm Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 52nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28Gospel: Luke 10:38-42It sounds strange that St Paul would say that in his flesh he is filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body which is the Church. It sounds like he is saying that Jesus did not do enough by dying
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 14, 2019
Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8Resp.: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-82nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Jesus asked his disciples to put the boat out into deep water. This is symbolic of putting greater trust in God. Since we are not sea creatures, going further into deep water is more dangerous and uncomfortable. I remember a spiritual director
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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Nov 21, 2018
Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:10­16Resp.: Psalm 146:7, 8­9, 9­102nd Reading: Hebrews 9:24­28Gospel: Mark 12:38­44 The theme of today's readings is generosity. The widow in Zarephath and the poor widow in the Gospel gave to the point of detriment to themselves. Last week we were told to love God with our all, and today two examples are given
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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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