Twenty Seventh Sunday – A

Matthew, and the other Evangelists as well, sprinkles clues to Jesus’ identity throughout his Gospel. If we don’t watch carefully we can miss them. A good example is found in the parable of the property owner who leased his vineyard out to tenants (Mt 21:33-43). This parable easily reflects today’s...

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Twenty Sixth Sunday – A

Paul challenges the Christians to think the way that Jesus thought. In today’s second reading (The Letter to the Philippians 2:1-11), Paul tells the Philippians to have the “same attitude” that was in Christ Jesus. There must have been friction among the early Christians at Philippi because Paul urges them...

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Twenty Fifth Sunday – A

The message of today’s Gospel (Matthew 20: 1-16) seems unfair: those who come to work in the vineyard in the late afternoon receive the same pay as those who began at dawn. The reflections here will be from Thomas Aquinas’ Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Matthew.[1] The owner...

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Twenty Fourth Sunday – A

Jesus tells Peter to forgive his brother “seventy times seven times” (Matthew 18:22). To explain what He means, Jesus tells the story of the servant whose huge debt was forgiven by the king after the servant begged him. Immediately afterwards the same servant found a fellow servant who owed him...

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Twenty Third Sunday – A

What do we do when someone wrongs us? Sometimes, we react harshly. Sometimes we withdraw and brood over what the person has done. Sometimes, we talk about the person with others in a negative way. Jesus seeks to bring healing not only in our relationships with God but also with...

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Twenty Second Sunday – A

A week ago, in last Sunday’s Gospel, on the mountain, Jesus announced that Peter was “blessed” because the Father had revealed to him that Jesus was “the Messiah and the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:17). Jesus declared that Peter would be the rock on which Jesus would build...

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Twenty First Sunday – A

We might imagine that, Jesus’ closest disciples had figured out Jesus’ identity before they began to follow Him. That wasn’t the case. This Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 16:13-20, is the turning point in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus asks the disciples: “Who do you say I am?” (Mt 16:15). Peter, as...

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Twentieth Sunday – A

Did Jesus really think that His mission was only to the Jews? In today’s Gospel, Matthew 15:21-28, when resistance has forced Jesus to withdraw to the borders of Lebanon on the edge of Galilee, Jesus still insists, “My mission is only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”...

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Nineteenth Sunday – A

“Every action of Christ is for our instruction.” These words of St. Thomas Aquinas disclose his conviction that Jesus’ instructions are not just what He said but also what He did in the Gospels. According to St. Thomas, this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 14: 22-33) is especially packed with lessons. This...

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Transfiguration

This Sunday, August 6, is the feast of the Transfiguration. The custom in the Church is that when solemn feasts of Jesus fall on a Sunday, the prayers and readings of the feast are celebrated in place of the Sunday prayers and readings. Thus, the Gospel for today is the...

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