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An Advent Reflection

This year on November 29th we begin the holy season of Advent and a new Liturgical Year begins. The message proclaimed throughout Advent is this: prepare your hearts, for our God is sending a Savior, Emmanuel, a name which means, God-with-us. The firm conviction that...

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 6:12-16; First Thessalonians 4:13-18; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 25:1-13 God’s wisdom is the focus of this Sunday’s Mass readings. Everyone wants to be wise, to possess knowledge, good judgment, common sense and insight. These...

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November 1st – Solemnity of All Saints

Scripture Readings: Book of Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; First Letter of Saint John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12  The Church has determined that the Solemnity of All Saints is so important that the commemoration is observed even when it falls on a Sunday, as is the case this...

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Prophet Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; First Thessalonians 1:1-5a; Gospel According to Matthew 22:15-22 In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus is recognized as a teacher and is asked to give an official opinion on a controversial matter regarding the “poll-tax” as it...

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 25:6-10; Letter to the Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20 Gospel According to Saint Matthew 22:1-14 Who of us hasn’t been to a wedding? We are likely familiar with the atmosphere surrounding a wedding as well: the necessary...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 18:25-28; Letter to the Philippians 2:1-11; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 21:28-32 Here at the Monastery it is definitely “harvest time.” Such is the case as well in many other parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Our...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 55:6-9; Letter to the Philippians 1:20-24, 27; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 20:1-16 This Sunday’s Gospel passage is taken from a section in the Gospel according to Saint Matthew where Jesus spells out some of the...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Prophet Jeremiah 20:7-9; Letter to the Romans 12:1-2; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 16:21-27 Today’s Gospel passage gives us more insight into who Jesus truly is and what He had to undergo for the salvation of all people. Important to keep in...

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Romans 11:13-15,29-32; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 15:21-28 It should be safe to say and not incorrect to conclude that Jesus was at least mildly bothered by the persistent Canaanite woman in the Gospel passage this Sunday,...

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Mass Readings: First Book of Kings 19:9,11-13; Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 9:1-5; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 14:22-33 Growing up in western Oregon, where it rains more than it shines, we often had sporting events, family picnics, Shakespeare In the Park...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Mass Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35,37-39; Matthew 14:13-21 The three readings for Mass this Sunday contain some of the most consoling words in all of the Bible. The first reading for the Prophet Isaiah, who was active about 550 years before the birth of Christ,...

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year A

Scripture readings: First Book of Kings 3:5, 7-12; Letter to the Romans 8:28-30; Gospel According to Matthew 13:44-52 As we can probably all attest, our contemporary culture teaches everyone to seek the good life, at whatever the cost, literally. More often than not,...

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Readings: Book of Wisdom 12:13.16-19; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans 8:26-27; Gospel of Saint Matthew 13:24-43 This Sunday we have more parables from Jesus about God’s good earth, dealing with weeds growing in the midst of wheat and a mustard seed planted in a...

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Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time, Year A

Scripture Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10; Romans 8:9,11-13; Matthew 11:25-30 How can we possibly know the mind and heart of God? Undoubtedly the best way is to listen to our Lord Jesus Christ, whom we hear in the Gospel today thanking his Father in heaven for revealing to...

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Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist 2020

Every year on June 24th the Church remembers in a special way the birth of the great prophet, John the Baptist. This is also the day of our yearly recalling the beginning of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, on June 24th, 1964. On that day our three founders,...

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 20:10-13; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33 The New Testament, including today’s Gospel text, is clear that those who obey God are capable of giving witness or testimony to Christ. The first Christian community gave testimony to Christ...

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Each year on the Sunday following Pentecost, the Church celebrates the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, our belief that God is One and yet Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in majesty and glory, One in Three and Three in One. This is something so...

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Pentecost Sunday

Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23 The Solemnity of Pentecost is a splendid reminder of the universality of the love God has for us. At Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, the Church celebrates the powerful presence of God...

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Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 1:17-23; Gospel According to Saint Luke 24:46-53 We celebrate the Lord’s Ascension, taking place forty days after the Resurrection. We recount with joy the day Christ completed His...

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