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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, April 1, 2018

March 29th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Cycle B

1) Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

2) Col 3:1-4, or 1 Cor 5:6-8

Gospel: Jn 20:1-9

 

Christ Is Risen!

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).

Have you died?

I have. I can show you where it happened. It was in East Rutherford, New Jersey, decades before Giants Stadium went up. It was at St. Joseph’s Church.  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 18, 2018

March 15th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Jer 31:31-34

Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15

2) Heb 5:7-9

Gospel: Jn 12:20-33

 

Having God as Father

What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.

But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God.  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

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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. 18

February 15th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Gn 9:8-15

Psalm 25:4-9

2) 1 Pt 3:18-22

Gospel: Mk 1:12-15

 

Is there anything here for me?

Previewing today’s readings, I knew right away the grooves my mind would fall into when they are read at Mass.

First we will hear about God promising Noah not to send any more floods and setting the rainbow in the sky as a reminder to himself. Funny, I think, how there weren’t any rainbows before that. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 4, 2018

February 1st, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Cycle B

1) Jb 7:1-4, 6-7

Psalm: 147:1-6

2) 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23

Gospel: Mk 1:29-39

 

Readings for dark times

Today we hear from Job, who lost all his children in a disaster and contracted a painful disease. I picture him as a character in a play, seated on a dimly lit stage, with other members of the cast standing around in him in darkness.

“Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?” Job asks.

“You’ve got that right,” another player murmurs.

“If in bed I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ then the night drags on.”

“Brother, that happens to me too,” another sighs. 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. 21, 2018

January 18th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle B

            1) Jon 3:1-5, 10

            Psalm 25:4-5, 6-9

            2) 1 Cor 7:29-31

            Gospel: Mk 1:14-20

 

Could this really happen?

Today’s readings seem a bit implausible.

In the first, a prophet named Jonah goes to a city called Nineveh — capital of a ruthless empire — makes a brief announcement of God’s judgment, and just like that, everybody repents of their sins.

The ruins of Nineveh are at modern Mosul in Iraq, a city that the Islamic State terrorist group controlled until recently. Could you imagine some guy in a village being told by God to go to Mosul in, say, 2016, preaching God’s justice on a downtown street — and every jihadi just laying down his weapons and walking away? Read more »

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