Fifth Sunday – B

Preaching was very important to Jesus. In today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39), Jesus announces: “Let us move to the neighboring villages so that I may proclaim the good news there also. That is what I have come to do” (Mk 1:38). Jesus’ words are echoed by Paul in today’s second reading...

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Fourth Sunday – B

Does Paul have a negative view about marital sexuality? When St. Paul compares marriage and celibacy in today’s second reading, he clearly favors celibacy (1 Cor 7:32-35). However, if we read this passage closely, we see that his reason is not that marriage is intrinsically problematic. Paul speaks of marriage...

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Third Sunday – B

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mk 1:14-15). In the Gospel for this Sunday (Mk 1:14-20), Mark describes Jesus’ message with the Greek word, Euaggelion. Since this...

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Second Sunday – B

Catholic sexual morality reserves sexual relations to marriage. This is because the Catholic tradition believes that sexual relations should be the union of those who are completely committed to each other. In the second reading for this Sunday (1 Corinthians 6, 13-15, 17-20), St. Paul offers his vision of the...

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Epiphany

Over the centuries, human interest has attached legendary details to these travelers, such as their names: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. Underlying the legends is the belief that the wise men represent us all. Thus, a tradition emerged that said they were of different ages, young, middle aged and the elders....

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Holy Family – B

When people reach a certain age, they become settled where they are. What do you think was Sarah’s reaction when Abram told her that they were going to move? Very likely, she had a string of questions, starting with “You want to do what? Then, “Who told you to move?”...

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Christmas – B

As we tell the Nativity story, we naturally recall the circumstances of Jesus’ birth and those who came to see the infant as well as the events related to the birth. Still, the Nativity is not only about what happened in Bethlehem but what is happening now. Customarily, on someone’s...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – B

Did Mary have a choice? In today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38), the angel Gabriel addresses Mary as “highly favored” of “highly graced,’ which the Latin translates as “full of grace,” indicating that God has given Mary special graces in view of Mary’s being the Mother of God. As Catholics, we describe...

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Third Sunday of Advent – B

St. Paul asks us to do three impossible things: “rejoice always,” “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all things.” Can a person “rejoice always”? Should a person even try to “rejoice always”? According to Thomas Aquinas, the right emotion is the one that is reasonable for the situation. Rejoicing...

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