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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – November 15, 2015 Today’s Gospel story is taken from the most difficult chapter of Mark’s Gospel (13:24-32) and is often interpreted as announcing the end of the world. Mark 13 is often called the “little apocalypse.” Like Daniel 7-12 and the Book of Revelation, it focuses on ...read more
Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City,” reflects on the Scriptural roots of the corporal works of mercy. This video is part of a new series of reflections on Scripture from America and the American Bible Society. ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – November 8, 2015 Today’s Old Testament reading from 1 Kings 17:10-16 and the Gospel story from Mark 12:38-44 present us with two remarkable widows who challenge us by their conviction, generosity and faith. They force us to reexamine our understanding of the poor and poverty, and look ...read more
Solemnity of All Saints – Sunday, November 1, 2015 The following words of Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, spoken during the Synod of Bishops on the Word of God in 2008, still resound in my mind and heart on this Solemnity of All Saints: Jesus says: “Learn ...read more
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 25, 2015 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 18, 2015 The readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time 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 reading speaks of ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 11, 2015 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
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – October 4, 2015 Rather than commenting in detail on each of the readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B), I would like to offer some general reflections on marriage and family life that flow from today’s readings. In today’s Gospel (Mark 10:2-16) the Pharisees once ...read more
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 27, 2015 The biblical prophet is one who has received a divine call to be a messenger and interpreter of the Word of God. The word that comes to the prophet compels him to speak. Amos asks: “The Lord has spoken, who can but prophesy?” (Amos ...read more
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 20, 2015 The picture of the righteous one in today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom is based on the fourth Servant Song [Isaiah 52:13-53:12], as well as on Isaiah 42:1 and Psalm 22:8. Though the Book of Wisdom book was not accepted into the ...read more