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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Second Sunday of Advent – B

Was John the Baptist really necessary? The second and third sentences of Mark’s Gospel announce: “In Isaiah the prophet, it is written: ‘I send my messenger before you to prepare your way: a herald’s voice in the desert, crying, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, clear him a straight...

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First Sunday of Advent – B

In the entire Old Testament, God is only addressed as “Father” about 20 times.[1] In the Gospels, Jesus freely speaks of God as “Father” about 170 times, whether simply as “Father” or “My Father” or as “your Father.” In today’s second reading, First Corinthians 1:3-9, Paul witnesses to how readily...

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Thirty Fourth Sunday – A

Today’s Gospel, is a description of the Last Judgement, Jesus comes with great power and majesty. St. Thomas Aquinas states that “Even though He will come as man, He will appear with His divinity … His body will be glorious: ‘As lightning comes out of the east and appears even...

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Thirty Third Sunday – A

The word, “talent” came into the English language from today’s Gospel (Mt 25:14-30). The original Greek word for this silver coin is talenta, which was worth about a thousand dollars. It has come to mean an aptitude or ability to do something. The story begins with a man who is...

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