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Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Easter – Year A

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:14a, 36-41; First Letter of Saint Peter 2:20b-25; Gospel According to Saint John 10:1-10 This Sunday is usually called “Good Shepherd Sunday,” because of the focus of the Mass readings, especially the Gospel, where … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle A

Scripture Readings: Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-28; First Letter of Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35 Perhaps the first question we want to ask after hearing this Sunday’s Gospel text is: why did the disciples not immediately recognize the risen Lord? … Continue reading

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Reflection for Easter Sunday – Cycle A

  First Reading Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43 Peter proceeded to speak and said: “You know what has happened all over Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the … Continue reading

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Reflection for Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A

      Scripture Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1 – 15:47 Each year on the Sunday before Easter, Christians around the world celebrate and commemorate what is traditionally called Palm or Passion Sunday, when we recount the events … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) – Cycle A

Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:14-45 It is nearly Palm Sunday and Holy Week, but not quite yet! There is still a week until Palm Sunday. We are entering the Fifth Sunday and Week of Lent and the Gospel … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare) – Cycle A

  CP&S:  As Holy Mass has been suspended during the current pandemic, there are a number of Holy Mass’s that are being live-streamed. For the UK if your parish does not have this facility, here are a couple of links: … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Lent – Cycle A.

  Readings: Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1- 8; John 4:5-42 A precious commodity anywhere, and certainly in New Mexico, is water, something many of us perhaps take for granted. For the gift of water we are always grateful. Saint Francis of … Continue reading

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Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Lent-Cycle A

FIRST READING            Genesis 12:1-4a The LORD said to Abram:  “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.  “I will make of you a great nation, and I … Continue reading

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Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent – Cycle A

FIRST READING Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7 The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being. Then the LORD God planted a garden … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A

    Scripture Readings: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; First Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5: 38-48 When preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation as a seventh-grader in a Catholic school many moons ago, we adolescents were reminded by the nuns teaching that we … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time-Cycle A

FIRST READING            Sirach (Ecclesiastes) 15:15-20 If you choose you can keep the commandments, they will save you; if you trust in God, you too shall live; he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth … Continue reading

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Reflection for the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Cycle A (EF: Septuagesima)

First Reading Isaiah 58:7-10 Thus says the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Presentation of the Lord.

    First Reading Malachi 3:1-4 Thus says the Lord God: Lo, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me; and suddenly there will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek, and the messenger of … Continue reading

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

      Mass Readings: Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23 The beginning of our Lord’s public ministry, after His Baptism in the River Jordan, is still on our minds. Just two weeks ago we celebrated … Continue reading

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Reflection for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A.

Readings: Isaiah 49: 3,5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 Probably many or maybe even most of us like to have someone travel with us when we make a long journey. It helps to lighten the burden of all the time, … Continue reading

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