24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

FORGIVING SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN TIMES 24th Sunday in OT (SIR 27:30—28:7; Matt 18:21-35) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) When Peter asks Jesus asks about how many times he must forgive his brother who sins against him, he thought he was being generous when he proposes his answer: “Seven times?”  Seven was, after all, the perfect number.  But […]

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23rd Sunday in OT (Ezk 33:7-9; Matt 18:15-20) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) “In the room of charity” (Latin: in camera caritatis) is a Latin expression of medieval origin, which means in a place where no one else may hear.  The “camera” (room) is the place where power is exercised and “caritatis” (charity) is the attitude of love […]

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22nd Sunday in OT (Jer 20:7-9; Matt 16:21-27) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Jesus—Messiah and Son of God.  This was the response of Peter the last time Jesus asked his disciples who they say he was.  After having given Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven, he sternly forbade his disciples to tell anyone that he […]

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21st Sunday in OT (Is 22:19-23; Matt 16:13-20) PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Caesarea Philippi is found in the northern part of Israel.  It is a place of springs, the water source that flows into the streams leading to the Sea of Galilee.  Here, there used to be a flourishing Roman city where stood a lot of […]

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The ministry of Jesus in Matt 4:12 began right at the end of the active ministry of John the Baptist who had been arrested.  The baptism of Jesus was the last meeting between the two.  Galilee became the main setting of Jesus’ ministry, which he sounded off with “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is […]

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The ministry of Jesus in Matt 4:12 began right at the end of the active ministry of John the Baptist who had been arrested.  The baptism of Jesus was the last meeting between the two.  Galilee became the main setting of Jesus’ ministry, which he sounded off with “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is […]

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Our preparation for the coming of Jesus brings us to the original starting point of the four canonical gospels, where they all agree: that the ministry of Jesus begins with the preaching of John the Baptist (Matt 3:1–12; Mark 1:2–8; Luke 3:1–20; John 1:6–8, 13–28). In the chronology of the gospel story (apart from the […]

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“Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come…. at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”  The Gospel reading that ushers in the new liturgical year comes with a seemingly negative tone.  What a way to begin!  The gospel passage belongs to the last […]

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This text that we have read narrates details while Jesus was hanging on the cross.  At this point, he had just lost everything he had, for even his garments have been divided by those who crucified him.  As if being crucified was not painful enough, Jesus finds himself sneered at by the rulers, jeered at […]

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