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Sunday Scripture readings, April 15, 2018

April 12th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

1) Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9

2) 1 Jn 2:1-5

Gospel: Lk 24:35-48

 

Peace, unexpectedly

If you ever watched “Wait Until Dark,” it’s hard to forget the scene in which thuggish, knife-wielding Alan Arkin suddenly springs toward blind, alone-in-her-kitchen-at-night Audrey Hepburn. What a moment! One reviewer called it “a terrific jolt.” For the way it reliably induces screams in the audience, my wife deems it the perfect preteen girls’ sleepover movie. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 4, 2018

March 1st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

Third Sunday of Lent 

Cycle B

1) Ex 20:1-17

Psalm 19:8-11

2) 1 Cor 1:22-25

Gospel: Jn 2:13-25

 

The foolishness we need

“We proclaim Christ crucified,” Paul reminds the Christians in Corinth (1 Cor 1:23). This was not, he acknowledges, what most people were looking for. The idea that God has acted in the world through a man being tortured to death was an obstacle too big for them to get over. It seemed nonsensical.

If Jesus was the representative of the Creator, why didn’t he use his infinite power to defend himself?  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 5, 2017

November 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

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, Sept. 24, 2017:

September 20th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Catholic News Service

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

           

Cycle A Readings

1) Is 55:6-9

Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18

2) Phil 1:20-24, 27

Gospel: Mt 20:1-16

           

In the vineyard

Gospel parables often contain a paradox meant to open us to a deeper understanding of who God is and who we are in relationship to God. To unpack the deeper meaning of the parable takes time, reflection and silence.

At times, we are challenged to “think outside the box” to understand the meaning of God’s word. This is particularly true of today’s Gospel parable that invites us to reflect on how different God’s ways are from our ways. 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. 20, 2017

August 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Isaiah 56:1, 6-7

            Psalm 67: 2-3, 5-8

            2) Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

            Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28

           

Meeting the God you cannot understand

God is mysterious, no question about that. Today’s readings provide ample evidence.

“My salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed,” God says (Is 56:1). Looking around at a nation and world filled with the opposite of his justice, we may wonder what that “about to” means. When, Lord, when is your justice going to come? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 6, 2017

August 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Transfiguration of the Lord

 

1) Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9

2) 2 Peter 1:16-19

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9

 

You don’t have to work to discover the message of today’s Gospel. Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God, Lord of all. And the implications are made as explicit as possible: Listen to him! Do what he says!

Each of us can grapple with this without much explanation. Where should Jesus’ lordship over me make a difference in how I’m living? What particular word is he speaking to me that I need to respond to? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture Readings, March 12, 2017

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Second Sunday of Lent
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20, 22
2) 2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
The “mountain” where I recently experienced Jesus transfigured was actually a kitchen table.
My women’s faith sharing group meets only once a month and sometimes not even that often. But we’ve committed to stay together because we love each other and have a deep spiritual connection in which Jesus is always present.
Our last gathering began typically, sitting around Nancy’s kitchen table as women do, eating snacks and chatting about the latest happenings in our lives — catching up on each other’s families and situations. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 22, 2017

January 19th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            1) Isaiah 8:23-9:3

            Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14

            2) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17

            Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

 

In my work as the Catholic campus minister at a large state school, I spend a lot of time commiserating with college students about their futures. Some come to the university with a definite plan. They know their major, the list and order of classes needed for their degree and what internships will best put them on track to reach their goals. But alas, such college students are the exception, not the rule. Read more »

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