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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 16, 2020

  • On February 16, 2020
In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks about the Law. By the Law, Jesus means the law of God with its prescripts and commandments that has been handed down to us. And whatever may be our own attitude when we hear or read about the Law, Jesus’ words today make it clear that He considers the Law […]
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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time January 19, 2020

  • On January 20, 2020
The reason why I came baptizing with water was that He might be made known. In today’s gospel, we hear St. John the Baptist state his mission – to make Jesus known. It is of course the mission of every Christian, to make Jesus known, and for good reason. When people know Jesus, they obtain […]
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Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 22, 2019

  • On December 23, 2019
The virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall name him Emmanuel. This prophecy is mentioned twice in today’s readings, and so it seems that we are invited in today’s Mass to think about God’s providence in speaking this message. The events of our first reading from Isaiah the prophet take place in the […]
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Third Sunday of Advent, December 15, 2019

  • On December 16, 2019
I had a happy experience yesterday. I ran into one of our alumni who told me about his son, who now at age three, is able to be filled with excitement about Santa, and asks every day, “Is he coming?!” His father keeps telling him, “No. We have to light all the candles first” [on […]
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Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, 2019

  • On December 9, 2019
Prepare the way of the Lord. Those words almost precisely encapsulate for us the purpose of this season of Advent. Today, as we are called to continue to prepare the way of the Lord, we are presented the testimony of St. John the Baptist, a reminder for us that a significant part of our preparation […]
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The Solemnity of Christ the King, November 24, 2019

  • On December 9, 2019
Today’s Feast of Christ the King brings to a close the annual cycle of the church’s liturgy. It fittingly focuses our attention on Jesus Christ and brings alive once again in our hearts the words spoken at the great Easter Vigil last spring while inscribing the paschal candle, the symbol of the risen Christ: “Christ […]
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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 8, 2019

  • On September 9, 2019
The Gospel today seems harsh, does it not? Jesus has just told us If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. What is this!? Obviously, the same Lord who commanded us to honor our father and […]
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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, September 1, 2019

  • On September 2, 2019
I suspect we all spend a good amount of time and energy wondering what others think about us – our friends, supervisors, teachers, coaches, neighbors – and try to present ourselves in the best way possible so that these people think well of us. There is a whole advertising and fashion industry built on convincing […]
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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, August 18, 2019

  • On September 2, 2019
The Word of God by which we have been instructed today is difficult, for it is a word of judgment which calls us to account. The words of Jesus speak of division and opposition. We must approach them carefully. The danger is a superficial approach which sees Jesus as wanting to divide people and set […]
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Corpus Christi, June 23, 2019

  • On June 24, 2019
We celebrate today the day the church has set aside to contemplate the great mystery of the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ. It might seem strange that we have a feast set aside precisely to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. After all, the church gathers each Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist. And yet it […]
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