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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 13, 2015 Today’s Gospel story (Mark 8:27-35) is about affirmation, identity and purpose of Jesus’ mission. Mark makes this episode the centerpiece of his gospel. It comes immediately after Jesus’ healing of the blind man of Bethsaida. This restoration of sight must surely set the scene ...read more
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – September 6, 2015 In the magnificent piece of biblical poetry in Isaiah 35:4-7 (today’s first reading) the prophet Isaiah announces the end of the Babylonian captivity. The Exodus of God’s people from bondage in Egypt became a model for thinking about salvation and a symbol of the ...read more
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 30, 2015 How many times have we heard, or perhaps even said ourselves: “So-and-so is a Pharisee.” “That person is so Pharisaical.” “They are caught up in Pharisaism.” Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23) offers us a good opportunity to understand the role of the Pharisees ...read more
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 23, 2015 In today’s Gospel (John 6:60-69), we hear of the mixed reactions of Jesus’ disciples to the Bread of Life discourse that we have heard over the past weeks. Jesus provided bread, but his bread is not like the manna that God provided in the ...read more
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 16, 2015 In chapter six of John’s Gospel (vv. 41-51), Jesus speaks of himself as “the living bread that came down from heaven” and invites his hearers to eat of this bread” — that is, to believe in him. He promises that those who do so ...read more
During my years in the Holy Land, my frequent visits to Mount Tabor always left me with a great sense of awe, wonder, mystery, fear, and reverence before Jesus. Each time I visited Mt. Tabor and the beautiful church depicting the three tents for Jesus, Moses and Elijah, I was also very aware of the ...read more
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 9, 2015 I have always loved reading the Elijah cycle in the Book of Kings. The first book, Chapter 18, portrays Elijah as an invincible prophet who fearlessly stands up to king and prophets, but he remains extremely so human in the process! Today’s first reading ...read more
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 2, 2015 We can certainly understand God’s frustration with his people in today’s first reading from Exodus (16:2-4,12-15). The God of Israel has just delivered his people from slavery and has set them on the way to their promised land. Yet after crossing the Red Sea ...read more
On the Feast of Mary Magdalene – July 22 “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” The famous maxim first appeared in the letters of St. Augustine, when he wrote, “With love for humanity and hatred of sins.” Mohandas Ghandi later used it in his autobiography when he wrote: “Hate the sin and not the sinner.” But I ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 26, 2015 Today’s Old Testament reading from 2 Kings 4:42-44 is a fitting prelude to John’s version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (6:1-21). The author of Kings tells us about one of Elisha’s servants who doubts that 20 loaves of barley is enough ...read more