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Sunday Scripture readings, April 23, 2017

April 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

 

Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 2:42-47

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

            2) 1 Peter 1:3-9

            Gospel: John 10:19-31

 

We all know people who endure hardships and trials but who never seem to complain or grumble. They manage to remain positive and joyful through it all. I wish I could count myself among those people, but I admit to being sometimes a bit slow to see the silver lining in the cloud. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 16, 2017

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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The Resurrection of the Lord

 

1) Acts 10:34a, 37-43

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

2) Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel: John 20:1-9

 

I’ve long wondered why “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad,” was the responsorial psalm chosen for Easter, the most important celebration of the year for Christians.

Not that there’s anything inappropriate in it, but I’ve always taken it to mean each day is a gift from God, so appreciate it. The verse just never seems momentous enough. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 9, 2017

April 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

 

Gospel at the Procession With Palms: Matthew 21:1-11

            1) Isaiah 50:4-7

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

            2) Philippians 2:6-11

            Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66

 

What is the difference between Peter and Judas, both of whom denied Jesus? One becomes the rock upon which the church is founded, our first pope and a great saint. The other becomes synonymous with personal betrayal by a kiss and famous as history’s ultimate traitor.

When someone is mad at me, I don’t like it. Why? Truth be told: I don’t like the guilt of being “guilty” … busted, exposed, vulnerable, sinful. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 2, 2017

March 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Ezekiel 37:12-14

            Psalm 130:1-8

            2) Romans 8:8-11

            Gospel: John 11:1-45

 

When it became clear that my mother was not going to survive her cancer, along with the devastation of this news and the heartache I felt, I also realized that I had never been to a funeral.

I was 25 years old and, thankfully, I had not lost anyone extremely close to me up to that point in my life. I did not want my mother’s funeral to be my first, so I started to attend funeral Masses for people from my parish, even if I did not know them well. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 26, 2017

March 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

            1) 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a

            Psalm 23:1-6

            2) Ephesians 5:8-14

            Gospel: John 9:1-41

 

In the U.S. there is an eight-month period called daylight saving time. Each fall, we move our clocks back one hour and in the spring we move the clock an hour ahead (“spring forward, fall back”).

Aside from confusing my body’s sleep cycle and causing people to be an hour late for Mass one Sunday out of the year, the manipulation of the clock serves a useful purpose. Taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours during those eight months presumably allows us to use less electricity in lighting our homes and thus conserve energy. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 19, 2017

March 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Exodus 17:3-7

            Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

            2) Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

            Gospel: John 4:5-42

 

Why are you a Christian? What is it that has causes you to follow a man who walked the earth about 2,000 years ago, never traveled too far from his home and died a criminal’s death? Why do you go to church on Sundays and, for that matter, why are you reading this column? 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, March 5, 2017

March 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7

            Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17

            2) Romans 5:12-19

            Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

 

Was the original sin of Adam and Eve a matter of simply disobeying God’s command to not eat of a certain tree when tempted by a snake? Or was it a deeper issue: falling prey to the devil’s false promise that they could attain equality with God by partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 26, 2017

February 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
2) 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
I will be showing my age and possibly run the risk of losing many Generation X and millennial readers when I use this example, but sometimes when I feel at the end of my rope, or look around at the state of the world or even look at how my day-to-day life can seem out of control, I often think of a 1970s television show called “Hee Haw.” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 19, 2017

February 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2) 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

 
A grieving mother, speaking to the press after her son was charged with a deadly act of terrorism, is incredulous. “I don’t know where this came from. We have a loving home. Our family always has been respectful and caring,” she says. “Why would he do this? That’s not who we are!” Read more »

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