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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Thirty Second Sunday – A

In the Jewish culture of the first century, a man negotiated with his prospective bride’s parents regarding the marriage contract. After reaching an agreement, the bridegroom returned with his wife to his home. In today’s Gospel, Matthew 25: 1-13, the negotiations have been protracted. Ten friends of the bride have...

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Thirty First Sunday – A

At times, business people will address priests as “Mister” or “Sir.” In a way, it is intended to be polite and priests aren’t necessarily offended. On occasion, a person may address a priest as “Mister” to make the point that he considers the title “father” as presumptuous and even contrary...

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Thirtieth Sunday – A

In our community, many mornings, as the brothers are rushing off for school, a couple of brothers will generously wash our breakfast dishes. Recently, one of these dish-washing brothers looked at the sink full of dishes and shuddered, “Today I am not in the mood to do charity.” I understand...

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Twenty Ninth Sunday – A

Many people whom we consider to be close to us are physically very far from us. Long before e-mail, phone calls, texting and twitter, the Apostle Paul found ways to stay in touch with those whom he loved. Today’s reading, the First Letter to the Thessalonians 1:1-5, contains the earliest...

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