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NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:   1 Kings 19:9, 11-13 Psalms 85:9-14 Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-23 So often overlooked by the faithful, the responsorial psalm, which bridges the gap between our first and second readings, provides us with some of the oldest and most heartfelt prayers of humankind. The refrain we use today… Continue reading NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:   Isaiah 55:1-3 Psalms 145:8-9, 15-18 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matthew 14:13-21 Today’s gospel begins “when Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist.” Ponder for a moment that short phrase, and recognize the level of upset this surely caused Jesus and His disciples. Not only was Jesus’… Continue reading EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:   Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalms 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 Romans 8:26-27 Matthew 13:24-43 In today’s gospel Jesus continues to teach His disciples in parables, parables, like last week, that most likely were uttered without any specific explanation. The agricultural imagery, as well as the image of baking bread, would… Continue reading SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

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FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) 

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:   Isaiah 55:10-11 Psalms 65:10-14 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 The scope of God’s salvation is endless, extending as it does into the eternity where God’s plan of salvation was crafted. Although God’s plan surely has its fulfillment in Jesus, it began before the seas and mountains were created.… Continue reading FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) 

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FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:   Zechariah 9:9-10 Psalms 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Romans 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30 The disciples and those listening to Jesus might have been more pleased had Jesus said: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” [for you have revealed all things to the brightest and… Continue reading FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

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The Solemnity of Pentecost (2020)

The Solemnity of Pentecost (2020) Readings:   Acts 2:1-11 Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Today we celebrate liturgically the completion of Christ’s Paschal Mystery, which Acts says happened forty days after Christ’s resurrection, and which our gospel from John says happened on the very same day as the resurrection.… Continue reading The Solemnity of Pentecost (2020)

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THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (2020)

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (2020) Readings:   Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11 Psalms 47:2-3, 6-9 Ephesians 1:17-23 Matthew 28:16-20 In most enlightened parts of the country, what used to be “Ascension Thursday” is celebrated on the Sunday preceding the great feast of Pentecost. Why the bishops of the United States couldn’t… Continue reading THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (2020)