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Thirty-second Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Second Book of Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Gospel According to Saint Luke 20:27-38 November is traditionally the month in the Catholic Church to recount and pray for the Faithful Departed, those...

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 11:23-12:2; Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 19:1-10 The Liturgical Year 2018-2019 is drawing to a close. In less than a month we will begin a new Liturgical Year with the...

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Book of Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 4:6-8; 16-18;  Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:9-14 Jesus’ powerful parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple might seem like an exaggeration or a parody, outside the...

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Readings: Book of Exodus 17:8-13; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 3:14-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:1-8 Our ancestors in the faith, the children of Israel, went forth from slavery in Egypt accompanied by the patriarch Moses. Their destination was the...

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Readings: Second Book of Kings 5:14-17; Second Letter of Paul to Timothy 2:8:13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 17:11-19 Throughout the Gospels we see clearly that our Lord has the power of healing people. Sometimes the faith of the one or more persons who want to be...

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Gospel According to Saint Luke 17:5-10 “The just man, because of his faith, shall live,” Habakkuk the prophet announces in the first reading for Mass...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, September 25, 2016

Scripture readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 6:1, 4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 6:11-16; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:19-31 “A wise man is known by the fewness of his words,” as the saying goes. Saint Benedict cites this saying in his Holy Rule, in...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Amos 8:4-7; First Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 2:1-8; Gospel According to Saint Luke 16:1-13 The characters Jesus describes in this Sunday’s parable are not proposed as models whose precise behavior we should imitate. Other...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; First Letter to Timothy 1:12-17;                                                      Gospel According to Luke 15:1-32 The story is told of a catechism class studying the Parable the Prodigal Son. After emphasizing...

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Wisdom 9:13-18; Letter of Saint Paul to Philemon 9-17;                                    Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:25-33 The first words we hear from Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel passage might almost startle us. They were spoken...

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Letter to the Hebrews 1218-19, 22-24; Gospel According to Saint Luke 14:1, 7 – 14 All three Mass readings from the Bible this Sunday are gems of wisdom and joy for those who take them to heart and strive to put...

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Twenty-first Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C, August 25, 2019

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:18-21; Letter to the Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Gospel According to Saint Luke 13:22-30 This Sunday in Ordinary Time directs our attention to God’s intention for the salvation of the human race in Jesus Christ. Expressed...

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

As an infant of forty days, Jesus was presented in the Jerusalem Temple, where the elderly prophet Simeon said to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, that her child was “set for the fall and rising of many in Israel,’ and as a sign that would be spoken against,” (see Luke...

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Book of Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Letter to the Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 12:13-21 This Sunday’s Scripture readings provide us with another opportunity to reflect on the fact that “you can’t take it with you,” when one...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Genesis 18:1-10a The LORD appeared to Abraham by the terebinth of Mamre, as he sat in the entrance of his tent, while the day was growing hot.  Looking up, Abraham saw three men standing nearby.  When he saw...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle C—2019

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time--Cycle C--2019 FIRST READING  Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Moses said to the people:  "If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the...

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C–2019

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle C-2019 FIRST READING  Isaiah 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD:  Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her, all you who love her; exult, exult with her, all you who were mourning over her!  Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk...

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Thirteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: First Book of Kings 19:16-21; Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Gospel According to Saint Luke 9:51-62 Whether young or old, poor or rich, people normally wish to be treated with respect and fairness. Jesus encountered a lack of...

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Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist

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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