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Sunday Scripture readings, Dec. 3, 2017

November 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Advent

            Cycle B

            1) Is 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7

            Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19

            2) 1 Cor 1:3-9

            Gospel: Mk 13:33-37

Come, Lord Jesus: Our Advent prayer      

Each Advent, we are given a fresh chance to discover that the deepest longings of our heart are for God. The prophet Isaiah reminds us of this deep human desire for God. For this reason, he is considered the prophet of Advent who highlights the hopes of the people of Israel for a messiah. Our deep longing for God is at the heart of our Advent preparations. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 19, 2017

November 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
1) Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Psalm 128:1-5
2) 1 Thes 5:1-6
Gospel: Mt 25:14-30

Wisdom and gratitude at Thanksgiving

We give thanks to God by being faithful stewards of the natural talents and spiritual gifts we receive. This is perhaps what the master in this Sunday’s Gospel meant to convey at the close of the parable when he says, “Come, share your master’s joy” because “you were faithful in small matters.” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 5, 2017

November 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

           

Cycle A readings

1) Mal 1:14-2:2, 8-10

Psalm 131: 1-3

2) 1 Thes 2:7-9, 13

Gospel: Mt 23:1-12

 

Practice what you preach       

Servant love is the heart of missionary discipleship. We may teach the truth effectively, share the moral demands of the Gospel boldly, and partake in public and personal prayer with devotion. But without love, these count for nothing. This is the challenge of God’s word today.

St. Paul was a living example of servant love that inspires missionary discipleship. In today’s second reading, St. Paul recalls how he accompanied the Thessalonians with affection and selflessness. He speaks of proclaiming the Gospel, using the image of the gentleness of a mother’s love. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 22, 2017

October 19th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Is 45:1, 4-6

Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10

1 Thes 1:1-5

Mt 22:15-21

    

Whom do you serve?       

“I am the Lord and there is no other” (Is 45:6).

The prophet Isaiah tells us, in simple yet weighty words, that God’s power is universal, loving and mysterious. Earthly power comes from God alone, Isaiah reminds the Israelites and us.

To confess God’s almighty power has profound meaning for life. For in confessing that God is the source of all power, we place ourselves in the merciful hands of God, with complete trust and humble thanksgiving. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 8, 2017

October 5th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time           

1) Is 5:1-7

Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20

2) Phil 4:6-9

Gospel: Mt 21:33-43

    

Fruit that lasts       

The Bible is filled with images to describe God’s relationship to us. The first reading offers one such poetic passage when the prophet Isaiah uses the image of a grape harvest.

In vine-growing areas, the grape harvest is a time of rejoicing, especially when the harvest is good. If the fruit is not good, the harvest day is a time of frustration. Perhaps the memory of a disappointing harvest inspired Isaiah’s words. Read more »

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Become a missionary disciple today

September 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Pope Francis’ invitation in the apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel” (“Evangelii Gaudium”) to all the faithful to be “missionary disciples” has captured the hearts and minds of many. So, it is only fitting that we reflect on what it means to live daily as a missionary disciple. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 10, 2017

September 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Ezekiel 33:7-9

            Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

            2) Romans 13:8-10

            Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

           

 

An invitation to love

 

God desires our friendship and love. But do we really believe this? Do we live as if we were convinced that God created us in love and for love?

Today the word of God invites us to discover who we are and who we are called to be in our vocation to love God and neighbor. We are encouraged to recognize the presence of Jesus in our midst in the love we receive and share each day. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 27, 2017

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Is 22:19-23

            Psalm 138: 1-3, 6, 8

            2) Rom 11:33-36

            Gospel: Mt 16:13-20

 

Our one foundation

Surveys and opinion polls are part of everyday life. And while we may or may not agree with their results, one thing is certain — when a survey or poll is taken, people have diverse and even contradictory views about the same issue, event or public figure.

A survey of sorts unfolds in today’s Gospel, but with a difference. For the one conducting the survey is Jesus himself who asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 13, 2017

August 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1) 1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A

Psalm 85:9-14

2) Romans 9:1-5

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

 

God Speaks in Silence

“God is a friend of silence,” said St. Teresa of Kolkata.

Amid the noise and busyness of each day moments of silence are sacred spaces in which God speaks his love, mercy and wisdom. We grow in friendship with God in times of silence, however brief and fleeting. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 30, 2017

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A Readings

1) 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130

2) Romans 8:28-30

Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

 

God desires our friendship. So much so that Jesus, the Son of God, willingly accepted suffering and death on a cross to reconcile the world to God.

I know this is the central belief of Christian faith. But do I really believe God wants to be “my” friend? Do I desire God’s friendship as much as God desires “my” love? Read more »

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