Sixteenth Sunday – C

In addition to the physical pain that suffering brings, suffering is a nuisance that blocks us from what we really want to do for ourselves, our families and friends and keeps us from our own work. Suffering wastes our time. Rather than helping others, we need care ourselves. It is...

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Fifteenth Sunday – C

                   The Letter to the Colossians declares that Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15). St. Thomas Aquinas explains that an image is something which comes from a source. An image imitates its source and remains related to its source. Thomas points out that while an egg...

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Fourteenth Sunday – C

Being nailed to a cross was not only a torturous form of execution but a slow and humiliating one, during which the onlookers watched dying person’s gasps for breathe. Usually this painful and shameful form of execution was reserved for slaves and revolutionaries, as a warning to others. A good...

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Thirteenth Sunday – C

Is Paul consistent when he tells us that we have been “called for freedom,” but then he instructs us to “serve one another through love” (Gal 5:13)? In what sense are we free if we serve others? St. Thomas Aquinas notes that “the state of faith in Christ… pertains to...

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Twelfth Sunday – C

St. Paul states: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” What does this mean? St. Thomas explains that we “put on Christ” through “a likeness and configuration of the death of Christ.” St. Thomas refers to the Letter to the Romans, “We who...

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Eleventh Sunday – C

Paul’s concerns about the “works of the Law” and being “justified” might seem remote to people of the twenty-first century. However, Paul’s underlying principles may speak to our lives more than we expect. The “Law” is the Mosaic Law, the heart of which is the Ten Commandments. However, through the...

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Tenth Sunday – C

God usually works through human instruments. Paul can say “But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him without one preaching?” (Rom 10:14). Each one of...

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Trinity Sunday – C

When we say that the Trinity is a “mystery,” we mean that the Trinity is inexhaustibly deeper than we can ever comprehend. However, “mystery” doesn’t mean that we can’t know anything. The New Testament and the teaching Church and her tradition offer us rich insights about the Trinity. The great...

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