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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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...

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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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25th Sunday [C] 18 September 2016
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25th Sunday [C] 18 September 2016

Luke 16:1-13 In the Gospel Reading our Blessed Lord Jesus praises real determined effort. The fact that we always must count on God’s grace does not in any way exempt us from exhibiting strenuous effort and heroic sacrifice in daily living. We are to put forth the same zeal into the affairs of our souls...

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24th Sunday [C] 11 September 2106
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24th Sunday [C] 11 September 2106

Luke 15:1-32 The Gospel Reading tells three parables of God’s mercy. God relentlessly searches to lead the lost ones down paths which will permit them to find their way back to Him.  

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23rd Sunday [C] 4 September 2016
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23rd Sunday [C] 4 September 2016

Luke 14:25-35 The Gospel Reading lists the requirements for anyone wishing to be Jesus’ disciple. There is no calculating nor is any compromise permitted. Nothing can compete with God and Jesus is the visibility of the Father. Intentional disciples renounce everything for God’s sake.

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