Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

In departing from His disciples, Jesus says that He will ask the Father to send the “Spirit of Truth” to those who “love Me and obey My commandments.” Thomas Aquinas understands this to mean, “You don’t express your love for Me by tears but by obedience to My commands, for...

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Seventh Sunday – A

Jesus tells us to love our enemies. In some parts of the world, people live in situations where this challenge to love enemies is radical because they experience people who aggressively want to hurt them, even physically. The Christian tradition has many examples of those who have loved their enemies....

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Sixth Sunday – A

The Gospels show us that Jesus loved His Jewish heritage and was observant of the Law. At the same time, we often see Him in conflict with the religious leaders who criticize His healings on the Sabbath or who question His apparent lack of attention to traditional cleansing rituals. They...

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Fifth Sunday – A

One of the forms of the dismissal at the close of Mass instructs the faithful, “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.” How do believers announce the Gospel? In the Gospel today (Mt 5:13-20), Jesus tells us: “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of...

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Baptism of the Lord – A

If John’s baptism was a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Lk 3:3), why was Jesus baptized? The Evangelists depict Jesus as the one who calls others to repentance (Mk 1:15) and forgives sin (Mk 2:5) but nowhere do they suggest that Jesus repented for His sins. In...

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Epiphany – A

Every believer follows the star, the light that God gives, in the darkness. St. Thomas Aquinas asks why Christ’s birth wasn’t announced more widely so that more people would have believed in Him. Thomas explains that faith is the way by which we go to God: “Christ came to offer...

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Mary, Mother of God – A

  Jesus had a mother! We especially think about His mother, as we look at the Christmas manger and see a very vulnerable Child and His mother and foster father watching over Him. In taking our humanity, Jesus took our human conditions of being born but also the special blessings...

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Holy Family Sunday – A

Matthew describes a family coping with a crisis. In Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23, Joseph learns that Herod wants to destroy the new-born child, whom the king fears is a potential threat to his power. Quickly, Joseph takes “the child and his mother” and they flee during the night to Egypt. This...

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Christmas – A

“When St. Thomas Aquinas considers the Incarnation, he evokes the words of the fifth- century Syrian monk, Dionysius, “God’s very nature is goodness” as well as Dionysius’ famous statement, “Goodness is self-diffusive,” goodness must give itself (3a. 1, 1)[1]. God, who is good, always gave Himself. God’s preparations for the...

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – A

Eternally, Jesus is the Son of the Father. Luke’s Gospel brings out the Father’s role even in the human conception of Jesus: “”The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you” (Lk 1:35). Yet, Matthew and Luke emphasize the role of the...

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