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Video of America Magazine and American Bible Society Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB As we look back over the sweeping changes in the life of the Church following Vatican II, we can never underestimate the important relation that exists between liturgy and the interpretation of the Bible. This relation is directly linked to the Church fathers ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 7, 2014 One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the details of John’s life and see how he is such a good model for us. John the ...read more
First Sunday of Advent, Year B – Sunday, November 30, 2014 This weekend the Church enters into the liturgical season of Advent. Christians proclaim that the Messiah has indeed come and that God’s reign is “at hand.” Advent does not change God. Advent deepens our longing and anticipation that God will do what prophets and ...read more
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year A – Sunday, November 23, 2014 During my graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in the late 1980s, I had the privilege of teaching Scripture on several occasions to the Missionaries of Charity at their formation house on the outskirts of ...read more
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – November 16, 2014 Today’s Gospel story presents us with the last of the three parables that form Jesus’ final discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. Each of the three parables relates a different kind of accountability required of Christians as they prepare for their glorious encounter with Christ. The ...read more
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed – Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 Why do Catholic Christians commemorate the dead during the month of November? The feast of All Souls and the month of November are sources of consolation for each of us. If our hearts are broken and suffering because of the loss of loved ones, ...read more
Solemnity of All Saints – Saturday, November 1, 2014 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 A – October 26, 2014 Today’s first reading from Exodus (22:21-27) and Matthew’s Gospel story about the greatest commandment (22:34-40) challenge us in the ways that we love God and neighbour. The Exodus reading relates some specific provisions of the Law regarding widows, orphans, and the poor. The Lord ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 19, 2014 In today’s Gospel (Matthew 22:15-21), the Pharisees try once again to entrap Jesus in his speech. They realize that they are being portrayed by Jesus as having refused an invitation to conversion of heart (as in last Sunday’s banquet story of Matthew 22:1-14). Therefore ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 12, 2014 Matthew’s parable of the wedding feast and the declined invitations (22:1-14) is the last of three successive parables of judgment (beginning in 21:28) against Israel, especially her leadership. There are obvious connections among the three parables. Each has an “authority figure” (father, landowner, and ...read more