2nd Sunday of Advent (Mark 1:1–8) – December 10, 2017 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:  Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way […]

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1st Sunday of Advent (Is 63:16b–17,19b,64:2–7; Mark 13:33–37) – December 3, 2017 Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be […]

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32nd Sunday in OT (Matt 25:1-13) – November 12, 2017 PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Matthew 25 is a chapter that is made up of three parts—words of Jesus that speak about reckoning at the end times.  This particular gospel passage ends with “Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” As he […]

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29th Sunday in OT (Is 45:1,4-6; Matt 22:15-21) – October 22, 2017 PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) One feature of the Gospel passages on Jesus preaching in the Temple in Jerusalem are the “trap episodes” where the Jewish leaders seek to ensnare Jesus with their questions.  The Pharisees are in the picture and so are the Herodians […]

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27th Sunday in OT (Is 5:1-7; Matt 21:33-43) – October 8, 2017 PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) This parable of Jesus takes us to something that was usual in first century Palestine—a landowner, a vineyard, a self-sufficient business of winemaking, and of course, tenants who would manage it.  The landowner then sends people who would collect the […]

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26th Sunday in OT (Ezk 18:25-28; Matt 21:28-32) –October 1, 2017 PONDERING GOD’S WORD (Meditation) Jesus gives a simple situation in this parable about a father and his two sons.  The command (or request?) of the father was the same for both sons, but their responses differ. And both sons eventually modify their responses with […]

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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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