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Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent – Cycle A

    FIRST READING            Isaiah 11:1-10 On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.  The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:  a spirit of wisdom and … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

  FIRST READING            Isaiah 2:1-5 This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  In days to come, the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established as the highest mountain and raised above the hills.  All … Continue reading

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Last Sunday of Ordinary Time, Solemnity of Christ the King, Year C.

    Readings: Second Book of Samuel 5:1-3; Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians 1:12-20; Gospel According to Saint Luke 23:35-43 In the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church, this Sunday we celebrate the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C.

      Readings: Book of the Prophet Malachi 3:19-20; Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians 3:7-12; Gospel According to Saint Luke 21:5-19 No doubt to the consternation of his hearers, Jesus predicted the destruction of the great Temple … Continue reading

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

      Scripture Readings: Second Book of Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14; Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 2:16-3:5; Gospel According to Saint Luke 20:27-38 November is traditionally the month in the Catholic Church to recount and pray for … Continue reading

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

        Readings: Book of Wisdom 11:23-12:2; Second Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians 1:11-2:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 19:1-10 The Liturgical Year 2018-2019 is drawing to a close. In less than a month we will … Continue reading

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

    Book of Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 4:6-8; 16-18;  Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:9-14 Jesus’ powerful parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the temple might seem like an … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C.

      Readings: Book of Exodus 17:8-13; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 3:14-4:2; Gospel According to Saint Luke 18:1-8 Our ancestors in the faith, the children of Israel, went forth from slavery in Egypt accompanied by the … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

      FIRST READING 2 Kings 5:14-17 Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times at the word of Elisha, the man of God. His flesh became again like the flesh of a little child, and he … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

      Scripture Readings: Book of the Prophet Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Second Letter of Saint Paul to Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Gospel According to Saint Luke 17:5-10 “The just man, because of his faith, shall live,” Habakkuk the prophet announces … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Cycle C

    First Reading Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Thus says the Lord the God of hosts: Woe to the complacent in Zion! Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat lambs taken from the flock, and calves … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

FIRST READING            Amos 8:4-7 Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!  “When will the new moon be over,” you ask, “that we may sell our grain, and the sabbath, that we may … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time–Cycle C

FIRST READING Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 The LORD said to Moses, “Go down at once to your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt, for they have become depraved. They have soon turned aside from the way I … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

  First Reading Wisdom 9:13-18b Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends? For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans. For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle C

  First Reading Sirach    3:17-18, 20, 28-29 My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with … Continue reading

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