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Rejoice in the Lord, the one whom John the Baptist foretold

Third Sunday of Advent Luke 3:10-18 An atmosphere of delighted expectation overtakes this weekend’s liturgy. It is Gaudete Sunday, a name taken from the Latin rendition of the first word […]

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Joy and peace prevail where Jesus reigns

Second Sunday of Advent Luke 3:1-6 The Book of Baruch, the source of this Advent’s weekend first biblical reading, is relatively brief, only five chapters. It also is among the […]

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The Son of Man will come again in glory

First Sunday of Advent Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 This weekend begins the Church’s year. Usually Advent is seen simply as a time to prepare for the feast of Christmas. In the […]

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Jesus, our king, will remain with us forever

Feast of Christ the King John 18:33b-37 This weekend, in great joy and thanksgiving, the Church closes its year. As it looks back through the days and months of 2018, […]

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Nothing is strong enough to stand against God

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 13:24-32 The Book of Daniel provides the first reading this weekend. Michael, the “great prince” of the angels, is the center of attention. He […]

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Those who trust in the Lord are rich in the Spirit

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:38-44 The First Book of Kings furnishes this weekend’s first reading from the Scriptures. Political governance, in the minds of the ancient Hebrews, was […]

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Which is the first of all the Commandments?

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 12:28b-34 The Book of Deuteronomy is the source of the first reading this weekend. One among the first five books of the Bible, Deuteronomy […]

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Whoever wishes to be great should become a servant of others

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:35-45 The first reading for this weekend is from the Book of Isaiah, precisely from its third and last part. Isaiah, on several occasions, […]

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God’s word challenges us to be attached to Jesus, and Him alone

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:17-30 The Book of Wisdom is the source of the first reading. This book came to be centuries ago, as devout Jews, distant from […]

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Marriage is a manifestation of the kingdom of God

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 10:2-16 The Book of Genesis is the source of the first reading for this weekend. Among the first five books of the Bible, Genesis […]

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Only that which is of the Holy Spirit endures

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 The Book of Numbers, the source of the first reading for this weekend, is one of the first five books of […]

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‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all’

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mark 9:30-37 Protestants, accustomed to reading the King James, or Authorized Version, of the Bible, often ask why Catholic versions of the Scriptures include the […]