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FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2023)

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2023) Readings: Zephania 2:3, 3:12-13 Psalms 146:6-10 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Matthew 5:1-12 Matthew, writing to a Jewish audience, very much wanted Jesus to appear as the new Moses.  Just as the tablets of stone with the Ten Commandments were brought down from the mountain by Moses, Jesus ascends a mountain in… Continue reading FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2023)

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2023)

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2023) Readings: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 Matthew 4:12-23 Although not particularly obvious, there is a very intimate connection between our first reading from the prophet Isaiah and our gospel reading from Matthew. Let’s parse the reading from Isaiah first in order that we might understand the… Continue reading THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2023)

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SUNDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE – THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY, THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

SUNDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE - THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY, THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD Readings: Numbers 6:22-27 Psalms 67:2-3 5-6, 8 Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:16-21 We begin a New Calendar Year, with all that lies hidden from our eyes, by celebrating Mary, the Mother of God. Theologians view Mary in this way:… Continue reading SUNDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE – THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY, THE FEAST OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

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THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2022)

THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2022) Readings: Isaiah 9:1-6 Psalms 96:1-3, 11-13  Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 [The readings can be found in your Magnificat, Give Us This Day, and Lector workbook, under the Nativity heading, Christmas Mass During the Night. While there is nothing wrong with the other readings assigned for Christmas… Continue reading THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2022)

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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – GAUDETE SUNDAY (2022)

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT - GAUDETE SUNDAY (2022) Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6,10 Psalms 146:6-10 James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11 We should immediately see the difference between the tenor of this third Sunday of Advent, “Gaudete” (Rejoice!), and the previous Advent Sundays. There is no urgency as there was in the earliest letters of the New Testament, those… Continue reading THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – GAUDETE SUNDAY (2022)

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THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2022)

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2022) Readings: Malachi 3:19-20 Psalms 98:5-9 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 Our first reading from the book of the Prophet Malachi seems timely, and could just have easily been written today. In spite of how ominous it appears, there are moments when the age we are living in can seem rather… Continue reading THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2022)