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Sunday Scripture readings, Nov. 12, 2017

November 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time           

1) Wis 6:12-16

Psalm 63:2-8

2) 1 Thes 4:13-18

Gospel: Mt 25:1-13

   

Don’t miss the psalm!        

At Sunday Mass, we sing a few lines of a psalm. The music creates a mood, but the words usually pass by without leaving a lasting impression. Today, though, you might retrieve it and spend a few minutes with it.

“O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water” (Ps 63:2). Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 29, 2017

October 25th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1) Ex 22:20-26

Psalm 18: 2-4, 47, 51

2) 1 Thes 1:5-10

Gospel: Mt 22:34-40

 

  No need to read any further         

Some Sundays in church I sit and listen to the Scripture readings waiting for something to strike me, but nothing does. All of it is good and important, but nothing shouts “this is meant for you here and now!”

But today I only have to get to the beginning of the first reading: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:20). What could be more “here and now” than that? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Oct. 15, 2017

October 12th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

            Cycle A readings

            1) Is 25:6-10

            Psalm 23:1-6

            2) Phil 4:12-14, 19-20

            Gospel: Mt 22:1-14

           

Take this call

This week’s readings move along smoothly, up to a point. Isaiah looks forward to God giving a wonderful feast for everyone. The psalmist sings of God as his good shepherd. St. Paul rejoices in being able to do everything in God who strengthens him. You couldn’t find a more comforting set of Bible texts.

Then we get to the Gospel. 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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Sunday Scripture Readings: Oct. 1

September 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

1) Ez 18:25-28

Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14

2) Phil 2:1-11

Gospel: Mt 21:28-32

   

 

Don’t miss this

        

This Sunday’s readings may not contain any big surprises, but there’s an important point we might overlook.

           

The prophet Ezekiel tells us that God will give life to those who turn away from the wrong they have done. What divine promise could be more familiar?

           

In the Gospel, Jesus also deals with the subject of sin. He makes the rather obvious but important point that saying the right thing can’t substitute for doing it. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 3, 2017

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Jeremiah 20:7-9

            Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9

            2) Romans 12:1-2

            Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27

 

Jesus lets Peter have it

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly. … Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, ‘God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you'” (Mt 16:21-22).

It has often been pointed out that Peter’s response to Jesus is self-contradictory. He calls Jesus “Lord” but tells him what to do. 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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Sunday Scripture readings, July 23, 2017

July 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

2) Romans 8:26-27

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-33

 

I had a conversation with a group of colleagues who also happened to be parents of young children, and we were sharing stories of various parenting techniques that we observed. A couple of techniques and characteristics stood out as both exemplary and very effective. “The Look” was high on our list. Read more »

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