Category Archives: Biblical Reflection

Reflection for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time-Cycle C

FIRST READING       Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.  Seraphim were stationed above.  They cried … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

    FIRST READING       Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 The word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

From: The Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert (https://christdesert.org) FIRST READING      Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Ezra the priest brought the law before the assembly, which consisted of men, women, and those children old enough to understand.  Standing … Continue reading

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Biblical Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

FIRST READING            Isaiah 62:1-5 For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet, until her vindication shines forth like the dawn and her victory like a burning torch.  Nations shall behold your vindication, … Continue reading

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Biblical Reflection for The Baptism of the Lord – Cycle C

FIRST READING            Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.  Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand … Continue reading

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Solemnity of our Lord’s Epiphany — Cycle C

FIRST READING            Isaiah 60:1-6 Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples; but upon you the Lord shines, and over … Continue reading

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Reflection for The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph–Cycle C

FIRST READING            1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the Lord for him.  The next time her husband Elkanah was … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent–Cycle C

FIRST READING       Micah 5:1-4a Thus says the Lord:  You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C

From: The Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert. The Community at Christ in the Desert have elected Dom Christian Leisy as their Abbot in succession to Abbot Philip whose homilies we have been blessed by. Please remember Abbot Christian … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent-Cycle C

FIRST READING         Baruch 5:1-9 Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever: wrapped in the cloak of justice from God, bear on your head the miter that displays the glory … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent-Cycle C

    FIRST READING                            Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah.  In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Solemnity of Christ the King-Cycle B

FIRST READING            Daniel 7:13-14 As the visions during the night continued, I saw one like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; when he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, the one like a … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B

FIRST READING                 1 Kings 17:10-16 In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.  As he arrived at the entrance of the city, a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her, “Please bring me a small cupful … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B

FIRST READING            Deuteronomy 6:2-6 Moses spoke to the people, saying:  “Fear the Lord your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you, and thus have long life.  Hear then, … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle B

FIRST READING            Jeremiah 31:7-9 Thus says the Lord:  Shout with joy for Jacob, exult at the head of the nations; proclaim your praise and say:  The Lord has delivered his people, the remnant of Israel.  Behold, I will bring them … Continue reading

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