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Followers of Jesus are a light unto the world

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 5:13-16 The Book of Isaiah’s third section is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Scholars believe that this section was written perhaps in […]

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Recognizing Jesus and understanding God’s will

The Presentation of the Lord Luke 2:22-40 Under other circumstances, the liturgy for this weekend would be that of the Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Instead, however, this weekend the […]

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Sin is no match for God

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 4:12-23 The Book of Isaiah supplies this weekend’s first reading. It offers us a powerful lesson. When this part of Isaiah was written, God’s […]

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We have been called to know the Lord

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time John 1:29-34 The Book of Isaiah furnishes this weekend’s first reading from the Scriptures. There is an overtone of relief and joy. There is the […]

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We need Jesus, Son of the Father, to reconcile us with God

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Matthew 3:13-17 As winter begins each year, the Church presents three great feasts to celebrate our salvation in Jesus and also to teach […]

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All people may hope for salvation, through Jesus

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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Family life is rooted in the unconditional love of God

Feast of the Holy Family Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 The Book of Sirach is part of the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. As are many other books in this body […]

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God asks for our honest, total love this Advent

Fourth Sunday of Advent Matthew 1:18-24 This weekend the Church celebrates the fourth and last Sunday of Advent 2019. For its first reading, this weekend’s liturgy offers a reading from […]

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The coming of the Lord is at hand

Third Sunday of Advent Matthew 11:2-11 The Book of Isaiah is the source of this weekend’s first reading. Isaiah was between a rock and a hard place, so to speak. […]

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Prepare a fitting dwelling place for the Lord

Second Sunday of Advent Matthew 3:1-12 Indicating the importance of Advent and the message of these readings, the Church this weekend celebrates the Second Sunday of Advent, rather than the […]

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The return of the Lord is at hand

First Sunday of Advent Matthew 24:37-44 With this weekend, the Church begins its new liturgical year. In so doing, it also begins to use the “A” cycle of readings at […]

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Christ is the image of God, and our redeemer

Feast of Christ The King Luke 23:35-43 The Second Book of Samuel furnishes the first biblical reading for this feast, marking the close of the Church year. Once, the two […]