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What does Advent have to do with the Three Little Pigs? Read this blog to find out! ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 9th, 2018 In today’s Gospel text (Luke 3:1-6), the evangelist who is called the scriba manuetidinis Christi (“scribe of the gentleness of Christ”) by Dante Alighieri presents the call of John the Baptist in the form of an Old Testament prophetic call (Luke 3:2) and extends the ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year C – December 2nd, 2018 Every now and then when the world seems to be falling apart and problems appear to be insurmountable, I recall with gratitude the heroes of the Velvet Revolution who helped to bring down the reign of Communism in November and December of 1989. I cherish ...read more
Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B – Sunday, November 25th, 2018 The liturgical year ends with the Solemnity of Christ the King. In John’s poignant trial scene of Pilate and Jesus (18:33-37), we see a great contrast between power and powerlessness. In coming to the Romans to ensure that Jesus would be crucified, the ...read more
Read this reflection from Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB, on the Gospel reading about the end times, for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. ...read more
Two stories of remarkable widows force us to reexamine our understanding of the poor and poverty, and to look at our own ways of being generous with others. ...read more
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 4, 2018 Today’s first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy (6:2-6) and the section from Mark’s Gospel (12:28-34) contain the fundamental prayer of the Shema, the Hebrew profession of faith: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4). Just as we profess our faith ...read more
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 28th, 2018 Mark’s healing stories of the blind man of Bethsaida (8:22-26) and the healing of Bartimaeus, the blind man on the road to Jericho (10:46-52), were undoubtedly popular stories in the early Church, and they remain very significant stories for the contemporary Church. These miracles ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 21st, 2018 The readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time of Cycle B invite us to prayerfully consider the priesthood and priestly ministry. The first reading is the passage of Isaiah’s mysterious suffering servant who takes upon himself the people’s iniquity (Isaiah 53:2-11). The second ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 14th, 2018 Mark’s Gospel story of Jesus’ encounter with the man seeking eternal life is essentially a vocation story (Mark 10:17-30). It is the only story in Mark in which the individual called responds not by following but by going away. The story is narrated in ...read more