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Follow the Lord instead of seeking temporal pleasures

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 1:14-20 The first reading for this weekend is from the Book of Jonah, an Old Testament writing seldom presented in the liturgy. While Jonah […]

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Seek those who can help you hear the Lord’s call

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 1:35-42 The First Book of Samuel is the source of the first reading for this weekend. Originally, First and Second Samuel were one volume. […]

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All nations are invited to know the Messiah

Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord Matthew 2:1-12 This weekend the Church invites us to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord, one of the most revered […]

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A model for our own Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family Luke 2:22-40 (A selection of readings is possible for this feast.  These comments refer to one set of readings.) The Church always celebrates the Sunday […]

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David’s kingship is fulfilled: To God be the glory

Fourth Sunday of Advent Reading: Luke 1:26-38 The first reading for this weekend is from the Second Book of Samuel. Once the two Books of Samuel were a single volume. […]

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Prepare the way for the Messiah, the Son of the God in whom we rejoice

Third Sunday of Advent John 1:6-8, 19-28 This weekend the Church celebrates “Gaudete” Sunday, the name coming from the opening word of the Entrance Antiphon. In Latin, “gaudete” means “to […]

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Abundant is the goodness and mercy of the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent Mark 1:1-8 The second part of the Book of Isaiah provides the first reading for this Second Sunday of Advent. When this book was written, God’s […]

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Prepare your hearts for when the Lord returns

First Sunday of Advent Mark 13:33-37 This weekend the Church begins Advent. It also is the start of a new liturgical year. Each liturgical year is carefully planned so that […]

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The Lord is our shepherd, protector, judge and king

Feast of Christ the King Matthew 25:31-46 Next week, a new year will begin with the First Sunday of Advent. This weekend, the Church concludes its liturgical year of 2017 […]

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Those who fear the Lord will be welcomed at the heavenly banquet

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:14-30 The Book of Proverbs provides this weekend’s first reading. This book was composed when the Holy Land and the lives of its inhabitants […]

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Those who believe will rise again, with the Lord

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 25:1-13 The Book of Wisdom supplies the first reading for this weekend. The title of the book itself teaches a lesson. As centuries passed, […]

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God calls us to greatness, through humility and service

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 23:1-12 The Book of Malachi provides this weekend’s first reading. The prophet’s name, Malachi, reveals his role. In Hebrew it means “messenger of God.” […]