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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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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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