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TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:Isaiah 22;15, 19-23Psalms 138:1-3, 6, 8Romans 11:33-36Matthew 16:13-20 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are His judgements and how unsearchable His ways!” (Romans 11:33). Our second reading begins with words that we should be prompted to say each and every time we… Continue reading TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020) Readings:Isaiah 56:1, 6-7Psalms 67:2-3, 5-6, 8Romans 11:13-15, 29-32Matthew 15:21-28 In today’s gospel reading Matthew is willing to share with us just how deeply prejudice and bias affects the world in which we live. Indeed, so insidiously deep can the roots of prejudice be, that we even see Jesus affected… Continue reading TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (2020)

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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)