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First Sunday of Advent, Year A – November 27th, 2016 The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king. The time is chiefly a celebration of “the coming of God” in ultimate triumph. Our three Scripture readings for the First ...read more
Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C – Sunday, November 20th, 2016 Today’s solemn feast of Christ the King, the grand finale to liturgical year, gives us an opportunity to lay aside a lot of cultural baggage about kings and kingdoms, and discover how Jesus Christ can be a true ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 13th, 2016 As we come to the end of the Church’s liturgical year, our Sunday Scripture readings are filled with apocalyptic images that may well terrify us with their intensity, honesty, realism, and practicality. Apocalyptic writing was popular in Christian circles for a millennium. Major historical ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 6th, 2016 Christian faith in the resurrection has met with incomprehension and opposition from the very beginning. On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body.  The question of the resurrection is vital not only to the Christian ...read more
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 30th, 2016 Today’s Gospel story remains forever engraved in my memory. I still remember a song from my early grade school years that began with, “There was a man from Jericho named Zacchaeus.” Years later, I would visit Jericho on many occasions during my graduate studies ...read more
A few weeks ago, I went to a mass of celebration for Sr. Corazon Beboso, FMA's 40th Anniversary of Religious Profession (Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco). Sr. Cora is one of my super learning models. Her youthful and energetic heart is always a booster drink for my soul. “Yes Lord, Yes Lord. Yes Yes Lord… Amen, Amen” is her favorite song. I would guess she has sang this song at every single event I have attended. And, we celebrated her “YES” to the Lord for 40 years. ...read more
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 23rd, 2016 Last Sunday’s Gospel focused on the necessity of prayer (Luke 18:1-8). The second of two parables in Chapter 18:9-15 condemns the self-righteous, critical attitude of the Pharisee and teaches that the fundamental attitude of the Christian disciple must be the recognition of sinfulness and ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 16th, 2016 Luke depicts Jesus at prayer right from the beginning of his Gospel. Prayer becomes one of the ways by which we follow Jesus. Luke’s story of Jesus begins in the context of Jewish prayer in the Temple at Jerusalem, when Zechariah is told that ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 9th, 2016 Today’s readings are about remembering and thanksgiving, healing and salvation. In the reading from the Old Testament (2 Kings 5:14-17), Naaman the Syrian remembers to thank Elisha for his cure. In the reading from the Second Letter to Timothy (2:8-13), Paul asks Timothy (and ...read more
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 2nd, 2016 Questioning our faith and even the object of it is a daily, healthy exercise! Faith cannot be shelved until we need it, for then we will discover that it has grown weak and meaningless from disuse and will not sustain us. The virtue of ...read more