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Sunday Readings For September 23 & 24

The house of Israel is the vine of God — who planted and watered it, preparing the Israelites to bear fruits of righteousness (see Isaiah 5:7; 27:2-5). Israel failed to yield good fruits and the Lord allowed his vineyard, Israel’s kingdom, to be overrun by conquerors (see Psalm 80:9-20). But...

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Sunday Readings For September 16 & 17

Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life. Yet, as today’s First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done us wrong. Jesus, too, strikes close to home in today’s Gospel, with His realistic portrayal of...

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Sunday Readings For Sept. 9 & 10

As Ezekiel is appointed watchman over the house of Israel in the first reading, so Jesus in the Gospel reading establishes his disciples as guardians of the new Israel of God, the Church (see Galatians 6:16). He also puts in place procedures for dealing with sin and breaches of the faith,...

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Sunday Readings For September 2 & 3

This Sunday’s first reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching his word has brought him only derision. But God does not deceive —...

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Sunday Readings For August 26 & 27

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” Paul exclaims in this week’s Epistle. Sunday’s Psalm, too, takes up the triumphant note of joy and thanksgiving. Why? Because in the Gospel, the heavenly Father reveals the mystery of His kingdom to Peter. With Peter, we rejoice...

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Sunday Readings For August 19 & 20

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom the first reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in the Gospel this week. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great...

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Sunday Readings For August 12 & 13

How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will? God commands Elijah in this week’s First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet...

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Sunday Readings For August 5 & 6 - The Transfiguration Of The Lord

High on the holy mountain in the Gospel, the true identity of Jesus is fully revealed in his transfiguration. Standing between Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus is the bridge that joins the Law of Moses to the prophets and psalms (see Luke 24:24-27). As Moses did, Jesus climbs a mountain...

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Sunday Readings For July 29 & 30

What is your new life in Christ worth to you? Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel this week, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God were to grant any wish, would...

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Sunday Readings For July 22 & 23

God is always teaching his people, we hear in the first reading. And what does he want us to know? That he has care for all of us, that though he is a God of justice, even those who defy and disbelieve him may hope for his mercy if they turn to him in repentance. This divine teaching...

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Readings For July 15 & 16

The readings this week, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially. Again we see, as we did...

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Sunday Readings For July 8 & 9

Jesus is portrayed in the Gospel as a new and greater Moses. Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the law, through which God first revealed himself...

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Sunday Readings For July 1 & 2

The liturgy this week continues to instruct us in the elements of discipleship. We’re told that even the most humble among us have a share in the mission Christ gives to his Church. We’re not all called to the ministry of the apostles, or to be prophets like Elisha in the first reading. But...

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Sunday Readings For June 24 & 25

Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in the first reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up. For his sake we will bear insults and be made outcasts — even in our own homes, we hear in the...

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Sunday Readings For June 17 & 18- The Most Holy Body And Blood Of Christ

The Eucharist is given to us as a challenge and a promise. That’s how Jesus presents it in the Gospel. He doesn’t make it easy for those who hear him. They are repulsed and offended at his words. Even when they begin to quarrel, he insists on describing the eating and drinking of his flesh and...