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TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings: Wisdom 7:7-11 Psalm 90:12-17 Hebrews 4:12-13 Mark 10:17-30 If we had the opportunity that the man in today’s gospel had, to speak to Jesus face-to-face and ask him a question, what might we ask the Lord? Would our primary concern be that of the anonymous individual in the… Continue reading TWENTY-EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY As is the custom in all these United States, the first weekend in October is designated Respect Life Weekend. It is a time when priests everywhere are encouraged to speak about the dignity of human life, from “womb to tomb.” In his respect-life-month statement, Cardinal Timothy… Continue reading TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

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TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings: Numbers 11:25-29 Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14 James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets!”, says our first reading from the Book of Numbers. Yes, wouldn’t that be a very good thing. If we truly recognized the seriousness of following in… Continue reading TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 Psalm 54:3-8 James 3:16-4:3 Mark 9:30-37 Those listening to the proclamation of today’s gospel will easily recall that Jesus is giving it the ‘old college try,’ teaching his disciples for a second time that the “Son of Man is to be handed over to men and… Continue reading TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings Isaiah 50:4-9 Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9 James 2:14-18 Mark 8:27-35 Our gospel passage from Mark is structurally the dead center of Mark’s Gospel, and it exhibits a turning point for the Apostles and the contemporary reader. In the question-and-answer first part of the gospel there is the stunning confession… Continue reading TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings Isaiah 35:4-7a Psalm 146:7-10 James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 The ability to hear is a precious gift, and, like most gifts, it is not fully appreciated until it begins to disappear. Fortunately, we live in an era where we can assist our failing power to hear with aids of… Continue reading TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 Psalm 15:2-5 James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 In the monologue which begins the great American musical Fiddler On The Roof, Tevye, the main character, explains how it is that one can keep his balance while “fiddling on a roof,” his phrase for… Continue reading TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b Psalm 34:2-3, 16-21 Ephesians 5:21-32 John 6:60-69 Five Sundays ago we began the proclamation of John’s momentous Chapter Six. This portion of John’s gospel not only contains the miracle of the loaves and fish, a story recounted by all four evangelists, but it also… Continue reading TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018) Readings Proverbs 9:1-6 Psalm 34:2-7 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 Our weeks long liturgical reflection on John’s eucharistic Chapter 6 begins today with the very verse on which last week’s gospel passage ended: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven: whoever eats this bread will live forever;… Continue reading TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

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NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)   Readings   1 Kings 19:4-8 Psalm 34:2-9 Ephesians 4:30-5:2 John 6:41-51   You won’t find Elijah’s prayer from our first reading from 1 Kings in any extended collection of prayers for believers. “This is enough, O Lord!,” Elijah states with obvious frustration. “Take my life, for I am… Continue reading NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2018)