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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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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