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Presentation of the Lord

Image by Dimitris Vetsikas from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Malachi 3:1-4Resp. Psalm Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 102nd Reading: Hebrews 2:14-18Gospel: Luke 2:22-40Jesus was presented in the Temple in accord with the law of God. Everything was done according to the law because Jesus came to fulfill the law. He asks us to be obedient to His laws because He is obedient to His Father. He shows us the way to be
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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Isaiah 8:23- 9:3Resp. Psalm Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-142nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23If Jesus is truly our Lord then there can be no division in our hearts or among Christians. While in another place in the Scriptures Jesus said that He came to bring a sword for division, that was for those who choose not to serve
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6Resp. Psalm Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9,102nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3Gospel: John 1:29-34Now that Jesus has been baptized, John the Baptist continues to witness to Him. We see clearly that God chooses to communicate with us through His prophets before He actually carries out His Will.Since
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Baptism of the Lord

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 29:1-2, 3-4, 9-102nd Reading: Acts 10:34-38Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 In the second reading St Peter makes it clear that anyone who fears God and acts uprightly is acceptable to Him. Your past or where you come from or anything else do not matter. We only need to strive to be like Jesus who was pleasing to His Father.It's best that we
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Epiphany Sunday

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12The Light that has been awaited is now here! Unfortunately there are many who do not want to see the light, Jesus Christ, because now this necessitates change.It's one thing to change when we feel like it but quite another issue when we are forced by certain
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Third Sunday of Advent

Image by Alois Grundner from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-102nd Reading: James 5:7-10 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 Today is Gaudete Sunday. We use the rose colored vestments and light the rose-colored candle to signify that the darkness will soon be lifted and our Savior will be born. Beginning December 17 through 23 we say the "O Antiphons"
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Second Sunday of Advent

Image by Pezibear from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10Resp. Psalm Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 172nd Reading: Romans 15:4-9Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12Make straight his paths says John the Baptist. But how do we do this? We make his paths straight for Jesus's rebirth in our hearts by preparing. We do this by praying more, going to confession, that is, repenting, and by doing the good things we have
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First Sunday of Advent

Image by Melanie Kirk-Mechtel from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-9 2nd Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Gospel: Matthew 24:37-44 Happy New Year! Today begins a new liturgical year. Our Church begins the new year differently from the rest of the world on purpose to show us that God's "time" is different than that of the world. I put time in
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Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Resp. Psalm Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5 2nd Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 Gospel: Luke 23:35-43 Long Live Christ the King! Viva Cristo Rey! What are the implications of Christ being our King? It means we are His royal subjects and that we must obey His commands if we choose to be part of His Kingdom and also enjoy the benefits. It is an open
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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14 Resp. Psalm Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 9, 15 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 As we get closer to the end of the liturgical year, the Church reminds us of the end of our lives. This is why we have the Solemnity of All Saints Day and All Souls Day and also begin to hear about the next
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Painting by Barent Fabritius: De Farizeeër en de tollenaar - 1661Readings:1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18Resp. Psalm Psalm 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14Doing good works in and of themselves is not a guarantee that one is holy or will go to Heaven. This is what the Pharisee seems to think. What is more important is why we do what we
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Twenty-eigth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vyacheslav Argenberg from Seattle, WA, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Kings 5:14-17Resp. Psalm Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-42nd Reading: 2 Timothy 2:8-13Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 It may seem strange that Naaman was asked to bathe in the River Jordan seven times. The quality of the water certainly didn't change so why do
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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4Resp. Psalm Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14Gospel: Luke 17:5-10When God tells us something, just as anyone else, He wants us to listen. However, God's word to us has priority. We may not understand what He is saying to us but point is that we take time to listen. We should pay attention to what we say in
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Print by Gustave Doré illustrating the parable ofthe rich man and Lazarus, from the Gospel of Luke.Public domainReadings:1st Reading: Amos 6:4-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 146:7, 8-9, 9-102nd Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16Gospel: Luke 16:19-31We may wonder why some people seem to "get away" with crimes and not worshiping God as they should. Put another way, why does God allow the
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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Amos 8:4-7Resp. Psalm Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-82nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8Gospel: Luke 16:1-13Some people do not understand the Gospel reading about the dishonest steward. Jesus is not telling us to lie or to steal as the dishonest steward did. He is pointing out that the tools or the lengths he went through to ensure that he would
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Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Dominik & Frederike Schneider from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18bResp. Psalm Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 172nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17Gospel: Luke 14:25-33God's demands on us are great at times. We either choose Him or the devil, and this is a choice for Him that we have to constantly reaffirm. When Jesus tells us that we have to hate our own blood
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Twenty-Second Sunday on Ordinary Time

Image by alessandro bonini from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29Resp. Psalm Psalm 68:4-5, 6-7, 10-112nd Reading: Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24aGospel: Luke 14:1, 7-14Humility is one one the main themes that has been in the readings at Sunday Mass this summer. We need to be truthful before God otherwise we cannot make spiritual progress. If we go to the doctor and don't
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Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Holger Schué from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21Resp. Psalm Psalm 117: 1, 22nd Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13Gospel: Luke 13:22-30Discipline is hard to endure but it is worth the effort when it comes from God. One could say - let's wake up at 4 in the morning every day: it's good discipline. Maybe so, but what is the point? There is a story that a professor
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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by kamal dharshan from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9Resp. Psalm Psalm 33: 1, 12, 18-19, 20-222nd Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19Gospel: Luke 12:32-48Today's readings have to do with how we can be blessed. It may not seem apparent at first in the Gospel but a warning is a sign of compassion. If you do this you may end up in a worse state than
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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Gerd Altmann from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23Resp. Psalm Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 172nd Reading: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11Gospel: Luke 12:13-21The theme of this Sunday's reading is clear: live for God and for Heaven. The things of the earth are passing.In the first reading Qoheleth tells us that all things are vanity.
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Image by Michael Gaida from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 18:1-10aResp. Psalm Psalm 15:2-3, 3-4, 52nd Reading: Colossians 1:24-28Gospel: Luke 10:38-42It sounds strange that St Paul would say that in his flesh he is filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body which is the Church. It sounds like he is saying that Jesus did not do enough by dying
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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14Resp. Psalm Psalm 69:14,17,30-31,33-34, 36, 372nd Reading: Colossians 1:15-20Gospel: Luke 10:25-37The theme of the readings today is very simple. Do unto others as you would have God do for you. Follow the commandments. Put God first and love your neighbor as yourself. In stating this there tends to be one person we are apt to forget. We must also love ourselves.
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14cResp. Psalm Psalm 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 202nd Reading: Galatians 6:14-18Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20The time to rejoice is now because God's missionaries are being sent throughout the whole world to preach the good news. This will be frightening at times because there are wolves that stand ready to attack and even worse, wolves in sheep's clothing. But Jesus's mission
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21Resp. Psalm Psalm 16:1-2,5, 7-8, 9-10, 112nd Reading: Galatians 5:1, 13-18Gospel: Luke 9:51-62Times change but the truth doesn't change. If the truth did change it wouldn't be the truth! God only tells us what is true. He is incapable of telling any falsehood in any way shape or form. So, it follows that just because even though times change, the truth stays
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Corpus Christi Sunday

Image by James Chan from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Genesis 14:18-20Resp. Psalm Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 42nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 11:23-26Gospel: Luke 9:11b-17The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is very important because this is how Jesus chooses to sustain and nourish us spiritually and physically. Our bodies taste bread and wine but our spirits taste the Living God.
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Trinity Sunday

Readings:1st Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31Resp. Psalm Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-92nd Reading: Romans 5:1-5Gospel: John 16:12-15No one can explain the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity — our minds are too small. However, there are some things that we do know.God is Love. True love, not just a sentiment or a mere feeling. St Paul explains what love is and is not. We hear this reading
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Pentecost Sunday

Image by Jeff Jacobs from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 2:1-11Resp. Psalm Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 342nd Reading: Romans 8:8-17Gospel: John 14:15-16, 23b-26Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.God gives
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Ascension Sunday

Readings:1st Reading: Acts 1:1­11Resp. Psalm Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­92nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­23Gospel: Mark 16:15­20Now the disciples will be sent forth: with Jesus's ascent into Heaven and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they will be able to carry forth the Great Commission baptizing everyone who wills it and preaching the Gospel.Jesus never told them to be
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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Image by PublicDomainPictures from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 15: 1­2, 22­29Resp. Psalm Psalm 67: 2­3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Revelation 21:10­14, 22­23Gospel: John 14:23­29In the first reading, it was said to the Gentiles converting to Christianity that circumcision was no longer necessary, however being told that it was necessary by those from Judea.
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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Image by Germán R from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 14: 21-27 Resp. Psalm Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Revelation 21:1-5aGospel: John 13:31-33a, 34-35 It is interesting that Jesus said after Judas left (after the Last Supper) that the Son of Man is glorified. It is hard for us to think that Judas's evil deeds could glorify God or any evil deed for that matter. What Jesus
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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Image by analogicus from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52Resp. Psalm Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 52nd Reading: Revelation 7:9, 14b-17Gospel: John 10:27-30 In today's Gospel, Jesus is the Shepherd of the sheep. When Jesus calls his sheep, they know what his voice sounds like since he is the Shepherd, so they can respond to Him.Sometimes we might wonder about the Will of God. How do we
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Third Sunday of Easter

Image by Manfred Richter from PixabayReadings:1st Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41Resp. Psalm Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 132nd Reading: Revelation 5:11-14Gospel: John 21:1-19 Even though very great things can happen in our lives we have a tendency to go back to the mundane. This unfortunately is also true for the great graces that God gives us from time to time. St Peter was doing just this when he decided
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Divine Mercy Sunday

Image by D Casp from PixabayReadings: 1st Reading: Acts 5:12-16 Resp. Psalm Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 2nd Reading: Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19 Gospel: John 20:19-31I hope all of you plan to receive the Divine Mercy indulgence. To receive the indulgence, you must on Divine Mercy Sunday: Receive Holy CommunionSay the Chaplet of Divine MercyPray for the intentions of the holy
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Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: 1 Kings 17:10­16Resp.: Psalm 146:7, 8­9, 9­102nd Reading: Hebrews 9:24­28Gospel: Mark 12:38­44 The theme of today's readings is generosity. The widow in Zarephath and the poor widow in the Gospel gave to the point of detriment to themselves. Last week we were told to love God with our all, and today two examples are given
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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Deuteronomy 6:2­6Resp.: Psalm 18:2­3, 3­4, 47, 512nd Reading: Hebrews 7:23­28Gospel: Mark 12:28b­34 Today's readings are very easy to understand. We know what we are being told but how do we do it? People tell us to be nice, to be good, or to love. What exactly is meant by this? Does being nice mean that I should
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