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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Passion (Palm) Sunday

According to St. Justin (d. 165), early critics of Christianity thought that the Son of God should suffer a horrendous death to be incomprehensible: “They accuse us of madness, saying that we attribute to a crucified man a place second to the unchanging and eternal God, the Creator of all...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Today’s Gospel, John 12:20-33, begins with “Greeks,” that is, Gentile proselytes to Judaism, who were worshipping in the Temple. They approach Philip, saying “We would like to see Jesus.” Philip, along with Andrew, informs Jesus. Jesus responds: “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified” (Jn...

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4 Sunday of Lent

Very frequently, we are oblivious to God’s love working concretely in our daily lives. The readings today, Ephesians 2:4-10 and John 3:14-21, remind us that God’s love for us is the most important reality of our lives. God is the cause of all our good: In his commentaries on these...

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Third Sunday of Lent

Animals were sacrificed in the Temple in Jerusalem. They were gifts of something valued, symbolizing the offering of one’s self. Coins that had the faces of the emperor or other humans could not be used to pay the half shekel temple tax so pilgrims needed to exchange the Roman coins...

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Second Sunday of Lent – B

Especially, in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus tries to keep His identity a secret. He silences the devils when they say He is the Son of God. He cautions those whom He heals not to disclose the healing. Even at the close of today’s Gospel (Mark 9:2-10), we are told “He strictly...

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First Sunday of Lent – B

Could Jesus be tempted? Various New Testament authors affirm that Jesus did not sin: “… one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15) “Can any of you charge Me with sin?” (Jn 8:46) “For our sake He made Him to be sin who did...

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Sixth Sunday – B

When chickens look sick, we separate them from the other chicks so that the disease won’t spread. Chapters 13 & 14 of Leviticus take the same approach. Anyone has any signs of serious skin diseases, such as leprosy, must separate himself from the community, wear ripped clothes and call out...

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