5th Sunday [B] February 4, 2018
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5th Sunday [B] February 4, 2018

GOSPEL READING / MARK 1:29-39 The Gospel Reading makes plain the overwhelming task of Jesus’ work. He is to reclaim the lost sheep of Israel. Given the spiritual and political state of the country Jesus’ mission seems to be an impossibility. Yet, Jesus withholds nothing back from us. There is no excuse to live half-hearted...

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4th Sunday [B] January 28, 2018
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4th Sunday [B] January 28, 2018

GOSPEL READING / MARK 1:21-28 In the Gospel Reading, Jesus drives out the devil described as an “unclean spirit.”  Jesus’ teaching is recognized as being something “completely new” because He presents Himself with an unprecedented “authority”. By whose authority do we live our daily lives?

January 27, 2018February 6, 2019by
3rd Sunday Advent [B] December 17, 2017
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3rd Sunday Advent [B] December 17, 2017

The Third Sunday of Advent also is called Gaudete Sunday. From the Latin imperative meaning “Rejoice!”, today draws our attention to the closeness of the Lord’s arrival. It is a splendid occasion for us all to recommit to preparing well with the time that remains before the Nativity of the Lord Jesus. That is, we...

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19th Sunday [A] August 13, 2017
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19th Sunday [A] August 13, 2017

Matthew 14:22-33 Immediately after the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus sends the disciples to the other side of the lake in a boat while he dismisses the crowds and, then, ascends the mountain alone to pray. Just as Jesus watches over the disciples and comes to their aid so, too, does Our Lord...

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Twelfth Sunday [A] June 25, 2017
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Twelfth Sunday [A] June 25, 2017

Matthew 10:26-33 In the Gospel Reading no less than three times we hear our Lord exhorting us to “be not be afraid.”  Anything that takes place as part of Jesus’ mission is no cause for fear. Christians need not fear for the Father’s hand always protects them. LIVING FEARLESSLY Today’s Gospel places Jesus’ mission front...

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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...

April 26, 2017March 28, 2019by
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...

April 20, 2017March 28, 2019by
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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