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Sunday Scripture readings, April 22, 2018

April 19th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized

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Fourth Sunday of Easter
Cycle B
1) Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26-29
2) 1 Jn 3:1-2
Gospel: Jn 10:11-18
 

A good shepherd

Deep below the Eternal City, Rome, lie several early Christian images of Jesus. One remarkable third-century fresco discovered in the Roman catacomb of Priscilla portrays Jesus as the Good Shepherd. And we are led to ask, Why did the early Christians opt to depict this Gospel image of Jesus? 
For the early Christians, the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd was a visual summary of their faith in Jesus for it expressed in visual form what the first Christians understood as the meaning of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. 

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 8, 2018

April 4th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

1) Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

2) 1 Jn 5:1-6

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31

 

Seeing with eyes of faith

Jesus often praised the faith of ordinary people he encountered during his earthly ministry: the man born blind, the leper shunned by the community, the Samaritan woman at the well, the royal official at Capernaum whose son was ill, and the paralytic at the pool.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 25, 2018

March 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Cycle B

1) Is 50:4-7

Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24

2) Phil 2:6-11

Gospel: Mk 14:1 — 15:47

 

Divine obedience and human betrayal

The sacred events of Holy Week may lead us to ask — Why did Jesus, the Son of God and second person of the most holy Trinity, suffer a cruel, unjust death on a cross? Was Jesus’ suffering the only means by which humanity could be reconciled to friendship with God?

Jesus was “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:8). With these words, this Sunday’s second reading invites us into the heart of why Jesus embraced his passion and crucifixion.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 11

March 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Lent
Cycle B
1) 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-6
2) Eph 2:4-10
Gospel: Jn 3:14-21
 
The Gospel in a nutshell
 
Looking for a summary of the Christian faith? This Sunday’s Gospel is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). 
St. John brings us to the heart of the Gospel and the heart of Christian faith. 

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 25, 2018

February 22nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Gn 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18

Psalm:116:10, 15-19

2) Rom 8:31-34

Gospel: Mk 9:2-10

 

To see with the eyes of faith

Lent is a time of spiritual regeneration and renewal. “The Transfiguration ‘is the sacrament of the second regeneration’: our own resurrection,” notes the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 556). And the Gospel account of the Lord’s transfiguration invites us to ponder this event in Jesus’ earthly life and our participation in this mystery of faith.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 11, 2018

February 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

     Cycle B

     1) Lv 13:1-2, 44-46

     Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11

     2) 1 Cor 10:31 – 11-1

     Gospel: Mk 1:40-45 

‘Make me clean’

Chances are most of us struggle to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen behind on my spiritual resolutions already! 

Thanks be to God we have the fast approaching Lenten season when the church invites us to return to the Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul. We have yet another chance to renew our resolve to be disciples of Jesus.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a leper who approaches him with a confident plea. We know well that in Jesus’ day, lepers were ostracized from the social order. They lived outside cities and towns and were separated from normal activities of life.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 28, 2018

January 24th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Cycle B

1) Dt 18:15-20

Psalm: 95:1-2, 6-9

2) 1 Cor 7:32-35

Gospel: Mk 1:21-28

 

Accepting the authority of Jesus

Think of the last time you heard or read something of interest. Perhaps it was the headline news, a radio program, an online article, the daily newspaper or the most recent message in your email inbox. 

Chances are you were listening or reading at a good, even rapid, pace to cover as much ground as possible. We listen and read for information, knowledge and comprehension. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 14, 2018

January 11th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

            Cycle B

            1) 1 Sm 3:3-10, 19

            Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10

            2) 1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20

            Gospel: Jn 1:35-42

Cultivating a heart that listens

Prayer is a conversation with God. We speak to God as we pray the responses of the liturgy and the psalms, in familiar devotions of the church and with words that flow spontaneously from the heart.

While speaking to God is a necessary part of Christian prayer, listening to God is even more fundamental. Today, God’s word invites us to cultivate a heart of listening so that we may hear God call each one of us by name. Read more »

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‘O come, let us adore him’

December 24th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Entertainment

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“Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven’s glory was made manifest. The church never tires of singing the glory of this night.”

These words from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 525) focus our gaze on the mystery of that holy night when Advent preparations culminate in the great Christmas feast. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 17, 2017

December 14th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Advent           

1) Is 61:1-2, 10-11  

Responsorial psalm: Lk 1:46-50, 53-54    

2) 1 Thes 5:16-24

Gospel: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

           

Living in the joy of the Gospel

“Rejoice in the Lord!” is the invitation of this Third Sunday of Advent when God’s word calls us, once again, to enter into the meaning of life in light of the mystery of the Incarnation, soon to be celebrated in the great feast of Christmas.

Traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, the theme of rejoicing in the Lord echoes through the readings and into our hearts and lives. Read more »

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