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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A
“Laetare, Jerusalem” - “Rejoice, Jerusalem!” These first words of the Introit today set the tone for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Halfway through the penitential Lenten season, the Church invites us to rejoice, emphasizing the themes of joy and light, and giv...

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A
“Laetare, Jerusalem” - “Rejoice, Jerusalem!” These first words of the Introit today set the tone for the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Halfway through the penitential Lenten season, the Church invites us to rejoice, emphasizing the themes of joy and light, and giv...

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A
The Gospel for the Sunday of the Third Week in Lent is from John 4:5-42. Jesus, sitting at a well, asks a Samaritan woman for water, and has a conversation with her about water and eternal life:  Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him,” Jesus sai...

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A
After six days Jesus took Simon Peter with James and his brother John and let them up a high mountain, where he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun and his clothing became white as light. This Gospel, taken from Matthew 19:1-9, shows J...

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year I
The Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent is taken from St. Mark, and is on the temptation of Christ in the desert. Here is a talk on it given by Pope Francis in 2015 (here's a link to the full version ): This is the meaning of this First Sunday of Lent: to p...

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Ash Wednesday, Year I
As we enter the time of Lent, we would like to share the message of Pope Francis given this Ash Wednesday, 2017. The full text is well worth reading and meditating on in the coming days. All the faithful people are summoned to come and worship their God, “f...

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Consider the lilies of the field,  how they grow  Jesus tells his disciples (Matt. 6:24-34) : they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field...

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Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, Year A
If any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well,  Christ tells his disciples in today's Gospel (Matthew 5: 38-48). Jesus is our supreme example of charit...

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Sixth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A
In today's gospel (Matthew 5:17-37), Jesus has strong words about anger and forgiveness:  Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.  St. John Chrysostom, who pulled no punches in his homilies, has these powerful words to say, that sound ...

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5th Week in Ordinary Time, Year A
In a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his disciples, You are the salt of the earth  (Matthew 5: 13-16). Here are some words on this Scripture passage from Jean Mouroux's book, “The Christian Experience”: Sermon on the Mount, Fra Angelica...
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