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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
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