Twenty Fourth Sunday – B

In his letter, James challenges the idea that faith in God is sufficient: “What good is it to profess faith without practicing it? Such faith has no power to save one, has it… So it is with the faith that does nothing in practice. It is thoroughly lifeless” (Jas 2:14,...

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Twenty Third Sunday – B

In today’s Gospel, people bring a man who is deaf and who has a speech impediment to Jesus. They ask Jesus to His hand on the man. Sometimes, Jesus just commands, as happens in his exorcisms. Mark tells us: “For with power He commands the unclean spirits, and they obey...

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Twenty-Second Sunday – B

People criticize Jesus’ disciples for not washing their hands before eating, as we see in today’s Gospel (Mk 7:1-8, -15, 21-23). Mark tells us that washing hands was a traditional custom along with others, such as washing cups and jugs and cleaning food from the market. All of these are...

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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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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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