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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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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13Resp.: Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-132nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:45-49 Gospel: Luke 6:27-38 There are times that we can be tempted to think that God is always ready to get us back for the sins that we commit. This is definitely not true. Otherwise, Jesus would not have come to redeem us. Also, we must be mindful that committing sin is its
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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8Resp.: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-82nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 Jesus asked his disciples to put the boat out into deep water. This is symbolic of putting greater trust in God. Since we are not sea creatures, going further into deep water is more dangerous and uncomfortable. I remember a spiritual director
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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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The Epiphany of the Lord

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6Resp.: Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-132nd Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12The time has finally come for Jesus to be made manifest to the earth. The first manifestation was to his parents, the second to the shepherds and now all of humanity.The Magi who came from the East, by tradition are called Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. It is a Catholic
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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Readings:1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27Resp.: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 82nd Reading: Galatians 4:4-7Gospel: Luke 2:16-21Many people do not understand how Mary, a creature, can be called the mother of God. It is very simple: since she's Jesus's mother, and Jesus is God, she is therefore the Mother of God - Theotokos. She's is also called Christotokos, the mother of Christ which is correct but in theology,
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Feast of the Holy Family

Readings:1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28Resp.: Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-102nd Reading: 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24Gospel: Luke 2:41-52Celebrating the feast of the Holy Family is very important. From the beginning of creation God instituted the family as an essential part of His plan for His people. God considers the role of father and mother so important that He asks them to aid Him in the creation of children.Jesus
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Solemnity of Christ the King

Readings:1st Reading: Daniel 7:13­14Resp.: Psalm 93:1, 1­2, 5 (1a)2nd Reading: Revelation 1:5­8Gospel: John 18:33b­37 The inscription on the top of the Cross on Calvary said Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum ­ Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. It was written in the three known world languages of the time. There was no mistaking this. The Pharisees complained but Pilate stood firm. Despite the protests
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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:7­9Resp.: Psalm 126:1­2, 2­3, 4­5, 62nd Reading: Hebrews 5:1­6Gospel: Mark 10:46­52As St Teresa said, God places desires in us that He wishes to fulfill. Bartimaeus was asking Jesus to have mercy on him. Many in the crowd rebuked him but he kept on. Finally Jesus took notice of him and called him over. The crowd changed and encouraged
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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-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20Resp.: Psalm 54: 3-4, 5, 6-8(6b)2nd Reading: James 3:16-4:3Gospel: Mark 9:30-37The reading from St James tells us a lot about what has been happening during the life of the world. So many times we ask for what we think we need but actually don't need those things. He says "You do not possess because you do not ask. You
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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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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:1st Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6Resp.: Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 (9a)2nd Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20Gospel: John 6:51-58 If we want have wisdom, to know what is right, why it is right and the fortitude we need to act accordingly, we need Jesus, His flesh and blood in us.During the summer we hear from the Gospel of John about the Eucharist. At Mass we receive Jesus, His body and blood, soul and
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Nativity of John the Baptist

Readings:1st Reading: Isaiah 49:1-6Resp.:  Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-152nd Reading: Acts 13:22-26Gospel: Luke 1:57-66, 80John the Baptist is the last of the Old Testament prophets. He heralds the advent of Jesus coming to preach and teach and ultimately die for all our sins. Just as the dawn precedes the day and clouds precede a rainstorm, Jesus was made known to those
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Ascension Sunday

Readings:1st Reading: Acts 1:1­-11Resp.: Psalm 47:2­3, 6­7, 8­9(6) 2nd Reading: Ephesians 1:17­-23 Gospel: Mark 16:15­-20Jesus gives today what is called the Great Commission. He tells his apostles to go out through all the world and tell the good news. He asks them to do great things for his kingdom, but one day he will return the same way they saw him leave.So instead
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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-­34 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-­4, 12­-13, 14­-152nd Reading: Hebrews 5:7-­9Gospel: John 12:20­-33Jesus goes before us to show us the way. He told his disciples about the grain of wheat that must die if it is to bear much fruit. But why do we have to die? Because of the Sin of Adam and Eve. So Jesus takes us to a new level – if we die to our earthly desires,
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Fourth Sunday of Lent 'B'

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14­-16, 19­-23 Responsorial: Psalm 137:1­-2, 3, 4­-5, 62nd Reading: Ephesians 2:4­1-0Gospel: John 3:14­-21 Jesus wants us to know that he came to sacrifice himself for all of us. St Paul tells us that even when we were dead in our transgressions, our sins, Jesus's sacrifice was ours for the taking. This is why in today's Gospel, John says that whoever believes
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Third Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Exodus 20:1­17 Responsorial: 19:8, 9, 10, 112nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:22­25 Gospel: John 2:13­25God has perfect timing. The Israelites were not given the Ten Commandments until the right time. If God is truly God, then everything about Him is perfect. We unfortunately tend not to see this because of our sinfulness. God asks us to change,
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Second Sunday of Lent Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18  Responsorial: 116: 10, 15, 16-17, 18-19  2nd Reading: Romans 8:31b-34 Gospel: Mark 9:2-10The inner circle of Apostles, Peter James and John went up the mountain with Jesus where Jesus was transfigured. Jesus's appearance changed to what He is, light – the Light of the world. What we are called to on this earth is not
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1st Sunday of Lent

Readings:1st Reading: Genesis 9:8-15 Responsorial: Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 2nd Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22 Gospel: Mark 1:12-15Because of rampant sin, God once destroyed almost all people on the earth by means of a flood. Now He has sent us Jesus to save us from sin by means of his passion death and resurrection. He even sent Jesus to Sheol to preach to the
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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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Second Sunday of Advent 'A' Homily – Part 2

John the Baptist          On this Second Sunday of the New Church Year, John the Baptist stands before the ages and us in Chapter 3 of St. Matthew. He shouts out an invitation to repentance. He warns of impending judgment. He exhorts us to find security only int the Lord himself, not in superficial religious identity and external observances:For God can raise up children of
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Some Aspects of Independence Day - July 4th, Civil Religious Liberty, & Authentic Christian Freedom – Part 2

        Under grace, we Catholic-Christians strive for a deeper development of our human personality in the lights of both reason and revelation (rational thinking and God's Word). We Catholics believe that our human DESTINY has been revealed as GOD ALONE. 'We have no purely natural destiny!' That is our Catholic theological conclusion from the collective data of sacred scripture.
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General Chapter - Monday, May 4

          The theme of the Chapter, which may become the title of the capitular document, is "Es tiempo de caminar"--or "It is time to walk," a phrase taken from The Interior Castle (see Dwelling Places 4, Chapter 3, Paragraph 2). Well, that's appropriate: 4 . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . walk.          Yes, it is time
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