Third Sunday of Easter [A] April 30, 2017
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Third Sunday of Easter [A] April 30, 2017

Luke 24:13-35 The Gospel Reading testifies to the Church’s Resurrection-faith growing in wondrous ways. The disciples on the way to Emmaus speak of Jesus merely as a prophet. Jesus takes up the Scriptures which they ought to know. The question at hand involves the Messiah, not a prophet. All the Old Testament writings foretell the...

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Second Sunday of Easter [A] April 23, 2017
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Second Sunday of Easter [A] April 23, 2017

John 20:19-31 Easter is the event in which the Church is given authority to forgive every repeated sin. To that end, She receives the Holy Spirit from the Risen Lord Jesus. WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD! Last week’s Gospel depicted Peter and the beloved disciple John running to see the empty tomb after Mary Magdalene...

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Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] March 26, 2017
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Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] March 26, 2017

John 9:1-41 The Gospel Reading retells the long and dramatic account of Jesus’ healing of a man born blind. Physical maladies are not the wrath of a scorned God. Because we live in the world of change, bad things sometime happen. Our perspective is very different from God’s. If we dared to spend more time...

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Third Sunday of Lent [A] March 19, 2017
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Third Sunday of Lent [A] March 19, 2017

John 4:5-42 In the Gospel Reading Jesus requests something to drink from the Samaritan woman. Then, He offers living water, the heavenly gift of eternal life. WE HAVE HEARD FOR OURSELVES The gripping encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman and the Samaritan villagers is a marvelous description of the faith journey (John 4:5-42). Initially,...

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Second Sunday of Lent [A] March 12, 2017
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Second Sunday of Lent [A] March 12, 2017

The telling of the Jesus’ miraculous transfiguration always is proclaimed on the Second Sunday of Lent. This year we hear Matthew’ account of the story. Matthew 17:1-9 The Gospel Reading depicts Jesus’ glorious transfiguration happening after having explained to his disciples that He was departing for Jerusalem to suffer and die.   NO PITCHING A...

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First Sunday of Lent [A] March 5, 2017
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First Sunday of Lent [A] March 5, 2017

The telling of the Jesus’ 40-day temptation by Satan always is proclaimed on the First Sunday of Lent. This year we hear Matthew’s dramatic version of the story. Matthew 4:1-11 The Gospel Reading depicts Jesus’ victory after 40 days of fasting. The very moment when Jesus is humanly weakest and most vulnerable to the wiles...

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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 26, 2017
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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 26, 2017

Matthew 6:24-34 God is our ultimate goal. To attain this end, we must entirely commit ourselves to Him.    A proverb is a short pithy statement that smartly expresses a general truth. Today’s Gospel begins with a proverb that may well have been a popular saying in Jesus’ own day and age: “No one can...

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 19, 2017
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 19, 2017

In today’s Gospel, Jesus makes known that following Him involves a charity that goes far beyond worldly expectations (Matthew 5:38-48). When something is difficult and upsetting, the natural reaction is to strike back and retaliate. However, Jesus expects an elevated response to challenges, including when someone is cruel and unfair. . According to Our Blessed...

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 12
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 12

  In today’s Gospel Jesus continues His extraordinary discourse, carefully explaining the central place of God’s Law in our daily living (Matthew 5:17-37). Jesus teaches that He did not come to abolish the Law, but rather to bring it to perfection (v. 17). Thus, the Ten Commandments very much remain as fundamental features for right...

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 5, 2017
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] February 5, 2017

Immediately after the Beatitudes, Jesus tells three very short parables about salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). By means of these images, Jesus emphasizes the enduring responsibilities His disciples have to the world; namely to live in the world and to help to transform it. Salt gives flavor and to food. It adds zest and makes...

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