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Third Sunday of Advent

Third Sunday of Advent Readings Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 Responsorial Luke 1:46-48-50, 53-54 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 “Gaudete in Domino semper” states the Introit (opening antiphon) in Latin at the beginning of this Sunday’s Mass, a Sunday we call Gaudete Sunday. The Latin urges us to “Rejoice in the Lord always,” and the liturgy seeks… Continue reading Third Sunday of Advent

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Readings: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17 Psalm 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 Matthew 25:31-46 At the end of the liturgical year, like at the end of our lives, there will be a judgement. Conservative homilists will gleefully ignore the context of this judgement in Matthew’s… Continue reading Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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Thirty-Third Sunday on Ordinary Time

Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Matthew 25:14-30 Remember how today’s gospel begins: “Jesus told his disciples this parable.” The gospel is not a treatise on investment banking. Jesus is not speaking to us like a financial advisor. Jesus speaks to us as someone who wants to share an insight… Continue reading Thirty-Third Sunday on Ordinary Time

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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings Wisdom 6:12-16 Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Matthew 25:1-13 Almost every priest I have ever asked would prefer to do ten funerals over one wedding! Indeed, weddings, as encumbered as they often are with details which actually have nothing to do with the “sacrament” [the part… Continue reading Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings Malachai 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10 Psalm 131:1-3 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12 It is always hoped that the person reading these reflections has spent the appropriate amount of time reading the Scriptures for the particular Sunday. If you have done so this week, then you will understand why one commentator… Continue reading Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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REFLECTION ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FR. CHRISTOPHER SENK’S ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

REFLECTION ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FR. CHRISTOPHER SENK’S ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE Time is a most interesting feature of human life.  We can do nothing to stop it. Appointments arrive and are completed while time continues to march.  Differences in ages are fixed.  Age gaps between people are fixed.  In some sense, time is a… Continue reading REFLECTION ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FR. CHRISTOPHER SENK’S ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings Exodus 22:20-26 Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 Thessalonians1:5c-10 Matthew 22:34-40 In the middle of the wonderful parables from Matthew which we have heard proclaimed now for several weeks, are a series of controversy apothegms (short, pithy sayings) where Jesus goes head-to-head with the religious leadership of his day. To say… Continue reading Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Readings Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10 Thessalonians 1:1-5b Matthew 22:15-21 The ever-encouraging prophet Isaiah in our first reading must have surprised his listeners when he refered to Cyrus, King of Persia, as the instrument of God’s care and concern. Isaiah appears to throw the mantle of God over… Continue reading Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time