Twenty-First Sunday

Why does Jesus use such hard language in today’s Gospel (Jn 6:60-69)? Jesus has told the crowd that they must eat His body and they react, “This is a hard saying” (Jn 6:60). If Jesus didn’t mean that they would chew His body, then why does He speak in such...

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Twentieth Sunday – B

Many people who followed Jesus considered Him to be a very powerful healer and inspiring teacher. They were amazed as His gentle curing touch with the sick (Jn 6:2). They wanted to hear His words because they realized that if they lived according to His teachings, their lives would be...

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Nineteenth Sunday -B

As today’s Gospel (Jn 6:41-51) begins, the people are “murmuring” because Jesus has declared that He is the “Bread of Life.” St. Thomas notes: “Those who complain show that their minds are not firmly fixed on God.” Jesus said: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent...

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Eighteenth Sunday of the Year

This Sunday’s Gospel (John 6:24-35) continues the Gospel that was read last Sunday (John 6:1-15), in which Jesus miraculously fed the crowd with bread and fish but slipped away when the crowd wanted to Him king. Today’s Gospel takes place on the following morning. The people are trying to figure...

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Seventeenth Sunday – B

Today’s Gospel, John 6:1-15, begins by telling us that a “multitude of people” followed Jesus to the other side of the lake because they had seen “the signs which He did on those who were diseased.” Thomas Aquinas observes that the “less perfect and less perceptive” followed Jesus just to...

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Sixteenth Sunday – B

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, when the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of those who are “in Christ,” it means by faith and love: “You are in Christ Jesus, intimately united to Him through faith and love” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, Commentary of the Letter to the Ephesians) ‘He who remains...

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Fifteenth Sunday – B

Today’s second reading is from the Letter to the Ephesians 1:3-14. St. Thomas Aquinas observes that God is blessed as “God” because of His “divine essence” and as “Father” “because of his property of generating [the Son].” He is Father, of our Lord Jesus Christ, that is, of “the Son...

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Fourteenth Sunday – B

A modern vaccination often introduces into the body a mild form of a disease, which the body is able to fight off in order to build up an immunity against the disease in general. Apparently, something similar was known in the time of St. Thomas Aquinas: “Very often a wise...

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Thirteenth Sunday – B

In the mid to late forties, Jerusalem suffered a famine. When Paul met with the leaders of the Church in Jerusalem, about the year 47, they asked Paul to bear in mind the needy: “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I...

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Birth of John the Baptist

The birth of John the Baptist has been celebrated with special attention for centuries. St. Augustine (d. 431) describes the special celebration given to this feast, even in the fifth century. In some parts of the world, such as Puerto Rico, bonfires are lit on the night before this feast....

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