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Third Sunday of Easter - April 30, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary Saint Peter in this Reading is exercising his
office as the Supreme Pontiff.   The Gospel
verse, "He who hears you, hears Me" (Luke 10:16) comes to mind here.   It's tempting to think that the tone of Pet...

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Fourth Sunday of Lent - March 26, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary The horn was a very common vessel; it was
generally used to hold liquor.   In this
case the horn was used for oil; and since the horn is a larger vessel than the
vial that was usually used to hold oil, th...

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Third Sunday of Lent - March 19, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary The people of Israel grumbled against Moses
enough for him to think that they might try to kill him.   Scripture reads: “You shall not put the Lord
your God to the test” (Deuteronomy 6:16) .   Jesus quote...

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Second Sunday of Lent - March 12, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary The promise of Abram's blessing appears two
more times in the book of Genesis (cf. 18:18
& 22:18) .   The prophecy in this Reading
is confirmed to Isaac (cf. Genesis
26:2-5) and to Jacob (cf. Genesis
28:1...

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First Sunday of Lent - March 5, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary The breath of life blown into the nostrils is
the soul of the formed man.   Eden may
have been the name of a country but Saint Jerome interprets it to signify pleasure.   “The Lord God planted a garden in...

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 26, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary The
eighteenth-century French Oratorian biblical scholar, Charles-François Houbigant, defined “Zion” as the Jewish people; and this
Reading is their cry to God for feeling abandoned by Him, but it is a cr...

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 19, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary Our heavenly Father is calling us to
be like Him – holy.   We may have an idea
as to what constitutes holiness, but to be holy like God is holy is beyond our
full understanding, and without Him, completel...

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 12, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary The Latin Vulgate’s
version of this Reading tells us that “God made man from the beginning and left
him in the hand of his own counsel.”   There’s an eerie tone in that translation which intimates how
res...

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 5, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary In the Hebrew text the opening verse
literally translates as, “Break bread with the hungry.”   While it would be proper to interpret this Reading
very literally and see in it the Christian duty of taking ...

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time - January 29, 2017
Click here for the Readings First Reading Commentary Although this Reading is specifically for
those who returned to Israel after the Babylonian exile, surely all of us can
relate to a figurative captivity, when things aren't going well and the weight
of th...
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