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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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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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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 successes or to convince
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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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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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Third Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15Resp.: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 112nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 In the first reading God tells Moses that He will soon deliver His people. In the Gospel He warns the people that they must be careful because judgement is just around the corner. He warns that since they are in sin, things like what happened to the people
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Second Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18Resp.: Psalm 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-142nd Reading: Philippians 3:17-4:1Gospel: Luke 9:28b-36The Transfiguration of Our Lord took place to give his Apostles hope. Despite what would happen to Jesus during his passion, he appeared greater than the two most important people in the Jewish faith: Moses and Elijah.For us, this should be evidence that Heaven does
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First Sunday of Lent

Readings: 1st Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10Resp.: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-152nd Reading: Romans 10:8-13 Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Today's Gospel tells us that the three enemies that we have are the flesh, the world and the devil. When the devil tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus would counter that attack with the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that when we are tempted, God provides
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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 27:4-7 Resp.: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-162nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:54-58Gospel: Luke 6:39-45 In last week's Gospel, the Lord told us not to judge and condemn as if we know everything like He does but in today's Gospel He does give us hints to help us discern.Good trees don't bear rotten fruit; figs are not picked from thorn-bushes; and grapes are not
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Resp.: Psalm 1:1-2, 3,4, 6 (40:5a) 2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 Jesus tells us in today's Gospel that there are benefits to doing His Father's Will and of course there are detrimental effects if we choose to go against Him. The Beatitudes represented in Luke differ from those listed in Matthew
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The Baptism of the Lord

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11Resp.: Psalm 104:1b-2, 3-4, 24-25, 27-28, 29-302nd Reading: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22Now that Jesus's birth has been manifested to the world, His ministry begins. Jesus not only tells us what we should do but he actually does what we should do: he is baptized in the River Jordan.Jesus did not need to be baptized like we do. He did not contract
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First Sunday of Advent

Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16Resp.: Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14 (1b)2nd Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36The Advent season has two parts. From the beginning of Advent until December 16, we are concerned with the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world—the final or general judgement. During the second half we are reminded of
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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 to us.In order
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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 11:25-29Resp.: Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 (9a)2nd Reading: James 5:1-6Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 This Sunday's readings remind us that we live for the next world, not for this one. What does it matter if we don't have things in our lives the way we would prefer? If we suffer these losses for the sake of God's Kingdom, that is,
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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4c-9aResp.: Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (9) 2nd Reading: James 2:14-18Gospel: Mark 8:27-35In today's readings, Jesus is helping us to understand that we live in this world to determine where we will live for eternity. We must follow Jesus as we know, all the way to the Cross. This means that life on earth will be fraught with trials and adversity and unfortunately tragedy
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Wedding at Cana – Part 1 of 2

Let’s begin with a little humor: There is a story about a priest named Fr. Murphy who went to visit a family in his small-town parish for a holiday meal. They all had a great dinner during which the wine flowed rather freely. Then it came time for Father to return home.The man hosting the meal said, “Hey Father we still have a half-bottle of wine left from the meal. I’m going to put it in the
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Taking us to the very heart of the Gospel

The greatness of the life and message of St. Thérèse of Lisieux lies in her ability to take us to the very heart of the Gospel in a simple and direct way, accessible to all people. As Bl. John Paul II said when he declared her Doctor of the Church: “The core of her message is actually the mystery itself of God-love.... At the root, on the subject’s part, is the experience of being the Father’s
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