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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-6,17-19; First Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30 From the beginning of his public ministry, at about the age of thirty, Jesus is described in the Gospels as being filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaiming the saving word of God....

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Third Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year C

Scripture Readings: Nehemiah 8:2-6, 8-10; First Corinthians 12:12-30; Gospel According to Saint Luke: 1:1-4, 4:14-21 In the course of the Liturgical Year we are given in the liturgy (the Holy Eucharist and the Divine Office) many occasions to discover or be reminded...

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 The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Scripture Readings: Prophet Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38;            Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 The Christmas season comes to an end with the Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord. We still have a glimpse of the season when we celebrate the Presentation of...

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Solemnity of the Epiphany

Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Isaiah 60:1-6; Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Gospel According to Saint Matthew 2:1-12 The Solemnity of the Epiphany, literally the “manifestation” or “showing” of the Lord Jesus Christ to the nations, is...

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Christmas Day Mass

Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10; Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-6; Gospel of Saint John 1:1-18 The scripture readings assigned for the Mass of Christmas day emphasize an attitude of child-like wonder at all that is taking place. In the text from the prophet Isaiah, the city of...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Prophet Micah 5:1-4; Letter to the Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Christmas Day draws near, less than a week from now. People are shopping, cooking, cleaning, sending cards and gifts, and trying to breath a sigh of relief that maybe, just maybe, the...

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Third Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Gospel According to Luke 3:10-18 We have reached the half-way point in Advent. The celebration of Christmas draws near, just two weeks away. On this Sunday the Church invites us to rejoice, the opening words of...

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Second Sunday of Advent, Year C

Scripture Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:3-11; Gospel According to Saint Luke 3:1-6 On the Second Sunday of Advent the Church has us contemplate the person and mission of Saint John the Baptist, the great prophet of the coming of Christ. Considered more than a...

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First Sunday of Advent, Year C

Prophet Jeremiah 33:14-16, First Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Every Advent, the Church reflects in her Liturgy—the Mass and the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours--the threefold coming of Jesus Christ into the world. The...

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Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Readings: Book of Daniel 12:1-3; Letter to the Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Gospel According to Mark 13:24-32 We are nearly at the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year. Next Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King and the Sunday after that begins the...

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Thirty-Second Sunday, Year B

Readings: First Book of Kings 17:10-16; Letter to the Hebrews 9:24-28; Gospel According to Saint Mark 12:38-44 In the Gospel passage for this Sunday’s Mass, Jesus gives a clear warning against the very human tendency of seeking our own glory. In other words, parading...

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Gospel According to Saint Mark 12:28-32 Before the coming of Christ as man, God gave to the people, through Moses, a great commandment: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and...

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 35-45 The first reading for Mass today, from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, was written some six centuries before the birth of Christ. The prophesy announces the victory of the Suffering Servant, who is put to death...

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture: Wisdom 7:7-11; Letter to the Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-31 In the Gospel passage this Sunday, an unnamed man meets Jesus and asks what he must do to possess everlasting life. Jesus replies with emphasis on the true meaning of “treasures,” that is, not...

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Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Scripture Readings: Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 One of the saddest realities of modern society is the high rate of divorce. We hear about it frequently and often it is even glamorized with fascination by how often some of the rich and famous are...

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Readings: Book of Numbers 11:25-29; Letter of James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-48 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus advocates a spirit of humility and gentleness in a concrete case of someone expelling demons in Jesus’ name. Though not an identifiable follower of Jesus,...

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37   A very human trait that often leads to problems is comparing oneself to others. We may wish to be more like others or maybe less like them. We may wish we had what they have or glad that we do...

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Isaiah 50:4-9; James 2:14-18, Mark 8:27-35 A moment came in the public ministry of Jesus when he asked his disciples what others were saying about him, and who they thought he was. Jesus asked not because he did not know the answer, but to elicit a stance from his...

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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

Scripture readings: Isaiah 35:4-7; Letter of James 2:1-5; Gospel According to Saint Mark 7:31-37 In the Gospel today, Jesus cures a deaf man who also has a speech impediment. Freedom from bondage of various kinds is an important sign of the Messianic age which Jesus...

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