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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
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 19, 2015 The themes of sheep and shepherding flow though the Scripture readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). The moving Gospel story of Jesus having compassion on the crowds that were “like sheep without a shepherd” helps us to focus on his ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 12, 2015 When the Gospels relate to us the call extended by Jesus to his young disciples and apostles, it is always done in a very compassionate way. Jesus looks upon those whom he calls; he loves them, challenges them and calls them to be something ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 5, 2015 We know today’s Gospel story well, perhaps too well! It would have been customary for Jesus to go to the synagogue each week during the Sabbath, and when his turn came, to read from the scriptures during the Sabbath service. His hometown folks listened ...read more
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 28, 2015 Last week we witnessed Jesus’ divine power at work on the forces of nature (Mark 4:37-41). Today’s Gospel stories reveal his power over disease and death. In these powerful accounts, Jesus reminds us of the importance of faith. Nothing is possible without faith. On ...read more
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 21, 2015 There are many biblical passages that reveal the imagery of the angry sea. The Lord redeems his people from slavery in Egypt by turning the sea against the Egyptians [Exodus 15:8]. Other times the roaring waves of the sea are tamed only after fierce ...read more
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 14, 2015 The growth of plants, trees, flowers and grass, takes place very quietly and slowly, without our knowing. This growth permeates three of the four readings for this Sunday (Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92, Mark 4:26-34). Let us look at each of three readings then apply ...read more
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Year B – Sunday, June 7, 2015 Today’s Gospel [Mark 14.12-16,22-26] links Jesus’ death with Israel’s great feast of liberation, the Passover. At the first Passover, the blood on the doorpost prevented the death of the firstborn. The bread broken at the Last Supper symbolizes the disciples’ sharing ...read more