Yearly Archives: 2019

  • Advent 4 A

    Posted on December 21, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Learning from Joseph Introduction:  The infancy story as told by Matthew has some very different emphases than the story as told by Luke.  In today’s Gospel the person who comes to the forefront is Joseph. HOMILY:  Joseph is offered to us as an example.  As the story begins Joseph is presented with a dilemma.  His wife is pregnant and he […]

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    Advent 3 A

    Posted on December 14, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Introduction: Our First reading of this Sunday, known as REJOICE Sunday, give us an interplay between nature and human society.  About nature it says, “the desert…will bloom with abundant flowers.”  God’s providence extends to healing.  In today’s Gospel we hear: “John …sent a message through his disciples to ask Jesus, ‘are you ‘He who is to come’ or […]

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  • Advent 2 A

    Posted on December 14, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Introduction: The First Sunday of Advent gave us a general orientation to the season, looking back, looking ahead, and living now. Each Sunday of this Advent the first reading is from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. The Second and Third Sundays of Advent propose for us, one of the key persons of the Season, […]

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  • Advent 1st A

    Posted on December 14, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Live in the Light. Introduction: “Advent expresses in symbol and ritual three stages in the human journey, in the Christian journey. Christ has come; Christ will come again; and Christ is here now. We remember the first; we look to the second; we live the third. All three are part and parcel of our lives..,” […]

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  • 34 C

    Posted on November 23, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    34 C CHRIST THE KING Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom. Introduction:  The readings present us two images of Jesus as King, the  crucified Christ and the cosmic Christ. Homily:   In the Gospel the rulers sneer, the soldiers jeer and one of the criminals reviled Jesus crucified on the cross. In Mark’s account of the Passion the emphasis of […]

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  • 33 C

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    End times you say.  Introduction:  Each of the Three readings today has some reference to the End Times.  Malachi simply states, “LO THE DAY IS COMING.”  Earlier on in the second Letter to the Thessalonians 2:2 mention is made of the “DAY OF THE LORD.”  In the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, “BUT THE END DOES NOT FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY.”   […]

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  • 32 C

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Is that all there is? Or RESURRECTION. Introduction:  The first Reading and the Gospel have several things in common this Sunday.  They both speak of seven brothers.  In the first reading there are seven Hebrew brothers and their mother.  In the Gospel the Sadducees bring up a case of Jewish law in which seven brothers […]

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  • 31 C

    Posted on November 10, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Large lessons from Little Zacchaeus. Introduction:  The last sentence of today’s Gospel reads, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”  Jesus candidly addressed the fact that people get lost.  But the good news is that he came to seek out and save the lost.  Together let us […]

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  • 30 C

    Posted on October 21, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Going up and down in prayer. The THEME FOR THIS SUNDAY CONTINUES to be prayer.  Last Sunday we heard the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. In that parable the theme is: persevere as the Widow did in naming and opposing injustice and thus be God-like.  Today we hear the parable of the Pharisee and […]

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  • 29 C

    Posted on October 21, 2019 by in Reflections on Sunday Gospels

    Wisdom from Widow. Introduction:  This Sunday and next the Gospel will present us with twin parables.  Both parables are about prayer.  Luke often times presents us with a teaching which features a man and a woman.  Today’s Gospel features a widow, next Sunday’s features a man.   It is important to remember that in the time of Jesus, life expectancy was […]

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