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...

February 26, 2017February 26, 2017by
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...

February 14, 2017February 14, 2017by
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...

February 14, 2017February 14, 2017by
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] January 22, 2017
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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] January 22, 2017

MATTHEW 4:12-23 Our blessed Lord Jesus calls us to come after Him, to pattern our daily living after His words and actions. Faith in Jesus and confidence in Him remedies all our woes and the relentless evils that afflict humanity. Christ Jesus is the light that scatters the darkness and makes deep and lasting peace...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] January 15, 2017
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time [A] January 15, 2017

JOHN 1:29-34 Today’s Gospel presents John the Baptist’s testimony to the messianic event prefigured in the Passover and foretold by the prophet Isaiah. The truth and meaning of Jesus as God’s Lamb leads Saint Paul confidently to exclaim that, “Our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7). The expression “lamb of God” further relays the...

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ADVENT First Sunday [A] November 27, 2016
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ADVENT First Sunday [A] November 27, 2016

“Advent” means arrival. Today we begin the special four weeks to prepare well for the arrival of the Lord Jesus at Christmas. Most especially we prepare for God’s arrival through prayer and service. To help even more, we often make use of other symbols in church and at home including the advent wreath, advent candles,...

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FEAST: Christ the King [C] November 20, 2016
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FEAST: Christ the King [C] November 20, 2016

As a response to the rising secular tide denying God’s absolute and perfect sovereignty over all, the Feast of Christ the King has been celebrated in the universal Church since 1925. Non-Christian dictators in Europe and elsewhere were seeking to assert ultimate authority over peoples and suspend religious liberties. We rightly celebrate the inherent dignity...

November 17, 2016November 17, 2016by
26th Sunday [C] September 26, 2016
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26th Sunday [C] September 26, 2016

Luke 16:19-31 In the Gospel Reading Jesus accentuates the stark polarity between the carousing life of the rich man and the misery of the poor man. In the next life, this gap will become a final and unbridgeable abyss between repose in Abraham’s bosom and torment in the fiery underworld.  

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