SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCES Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Psalm 116; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10 That phrase usually refers to “peak” spiritual experiences or those dramatic, critical moments in one’s life. Today we hear about two different mountaintop...

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FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

WHAT HAPPENED TO "TEMPTATION SUNDAY?" Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Flood…covenant…salvation…baptism – all this might sound a little unusual on this First Sunday of Lent, called Temptation Sunday because the gospel always...

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SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

CLEANSING Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; Psalm 32; 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45 It is interesting that when today’s readings talk about leprosy, they use the terms clean, cleansing, unclean. We can easily understand that leprosy is symbolic of sin –...

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FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

BAD NEWS TO GOOD NEWS Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147; 1 Cor. 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39 We have all been there at some point – feeling low, discouraged, down, depressed. We would prefer not to stay there, however,  but to look forward in hope to better...

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FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

MESSIANIC AUTHORITY Deut. 18:15-20, Psalm 95, 1 Cor. 7:32-35, Mark 1:21-28 “What is this teaching? Who is this man, really? Where does he come from?” All these questions were swirling around Jesus as he began his public ministry and they would...

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

CALLS AND RESPONSES Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 25; 1 Cor. 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 God calls and man responds, ready to follow and obey - well, maybe not always! The readings today present calls from the Lord but contrasting responses – first, God’s call...

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SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

NEW BEGINNINGS 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19; Psalm 40; 1 Cor. 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42 It is fitting that the readings of this Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, in the first weeks of 2021, speak of “firsts” and “new beginnings.” The young boy Samuel,...

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FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

WHY WAS JESUS BAPTIZED? Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7; Psalm 29; Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38; Mark 1:7-11 Why, indeed? Jesus had no sin. John’s baptism was one of repentance, but Jesus had no need of repentance. In fact, in Matthew’s account of the Baptism...

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SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY

SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY

WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 I remember seeing this on a bumper sticker (when people still used bumper stickers). Actually, it was one of the better bumper stickers I’ve seen. Some were rather...

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FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY

PEACE AND ORDER IN FAMILY LIFE Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Psalm 128, Colossians 3:12-21, Luke 2:22-40 The first human beings God created were a man and a woman – a married couple. When the Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us, it was in the midst...

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