Twentieth Sunday – A

Did Jesus really think that His mission was only to the Jews? In today’s Gospel, Matthew 15:21-28, when resistance has forced Jesus to withdraw to the borders of Lebanon on the edge of Galilee, Jesus still insists, “My mission is only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”...

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Nineteenth Sunday – A

“Every action of Christ is for our instruction.” These words of St. Thomas Aquinas disclose his conviction that Jesus’ instructions are not just what He said but also what He did in the Gospels. According to St. Thomas, this Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 14: 22-33) is especially packed with lessons. This...

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Transfiguration

This Sunday, August 6, is the feast of the Transfiguration. The custom in the Church is that when solemn feasts of Jesus fall on a Sunday, the prayers and readings of the feast are celebrated in place of the Sunday prayers and readings. Thus, the Gospel for today is the...

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Seventeenth Sunday – A

We often are puzzled, trying to understand our experiences. In todays’ second reading, Romans 8:28-30), St. Paul assures us, “All things work together for good for those who love God” (Rom 8:28). In fact, however, difficulties, even serious ones, are often part of our lives. St. Augustine acknowledges that these...

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Sixteenth Sunday – A

We might think that we inform God, who is apart from us, of our desires. In fact, God is already with us, as Paul affirms: “the Spirit of God dwells in you” (Rom 8:9). In the second reading for today, Romans 8:26-27, Paul speaks of the way that the Holy...

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Fifteenth Sunday – A

We might be surprised is our efforts in seeking God or doing things for God entails struggles. Everything that is valuable, whether it be any type of work, study, art, music or athletics, takes dedication. This dedication involves setting other things aside and giving our best efforts to whatever we...

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Fourteenth Sunday – A

Today’s Gospel passage, Matthew 11:25-30, begins with Jesus’ thanksgiving to His Father, who has revealed Him to the “little ones”: “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although You have hidden these things from the wise and the learned You have revealed them to little...

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Thirteenth Sunday – A

When we think of imitating Jesus, we think of becoming more compassionate and more forgiving. This is absolutely true. Yet, St. Paul understands that beneath our imitation of Jesus in our behavior is a more fundamental imitation of actually dying with Jesus by entering into His death, and rising with...

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Twelfth Sunday – A

Many people, whether Christian or not, have heard of the basic Christian teaching of “original sin.” Most people, even Christians, are not really sure what it means. Sometimes we speak of it as though we have a curse that can’t be shaken off. Sometimes we use the expression to describe...

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Corpus Christi – A

For St. Thomas Aquinas, “presence” is a key element in friendship. Thomas relates the Incarnation itself to Jesus’ desire to be with us: “…this belongs to Christ’s love, out of which for our salvation, He assumed a true body of our nature… because it is the special feature of friendship...

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