Third Sunday of Lent – A

As the woman of Samaria approaches the well, she discovers a Jewish man there. They quickly enter into a conversation about water, although “water” has a different meaning for each of them. The well has great significance for her, since Jacob originally established it and gave it to the people....

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Second Sunday of Lent – A

At certain points in our lives, we have an idea of where we are going. For instance, a student aims at finishing one level and starting the next. He or she has a good idea of what the next step will be. As we move beyond the clearly marked stages,...

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First Sunday of Lent – A

Why was Jesus tempted? Matthew, Mark and Luke place the temptations between the Baptism and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. At the Baptism, Jesus has been confirmed as the Father’s Son as the Holy Spirit rested upon Him, anointing Him. He is the Son. He is the anointed One. Why...

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Eighth Sunday – A

The Prophet Isaiah announces that even if a mother should forget her child or be without tenderness for her child, God will not forget us (Is 49:15). Similarly, in today’s Gospel, (Matthew 6:24-34), Jesus uses the beauty of wild flowers, grass in the fields, and birds of the sky as...

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Fourth Sunday – A

What brings happiness? We might come up with many answers. In today’s Gospel, (Matthew 5:1-12), Jesus proposes eight possibilities that we may have overlooked. They are His “beatitudes.” Each of the Beatitudes begins with the Greek word, makárioi, which can be translated as “blessed” or “happy.” St. Augustine asserts that...

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Third Sunday – A

The tribes of Zebulun and Nephtali settled in the north of Galilee. In 732 BC, King Tiglath-Pileser III and his Assyrian troops raided the north of Galilee. They deported many of those who lived there and settled people from other nations in their place. In this time of this desolation,...

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Second Sunday – A

After Jesus’ baptism, John the Baptist pointed Him out, “There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world … I saw the Spirit descend like a dove from the sky and it came to rest on Him … It is He who will baptize with...

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Third Sunday of Advent – A

One of the hymns that is sung during Advent asks, “O Come Divine Messiah.” Similar to other Advent hymns, such as “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” we ask Jesus to “come.” Why are we asking Jesus to “come” when He has already come? He speaks to us daily through His...

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Second Sunday of Advent – A

John the Baptist fulfills the words of Isaiah (Is 40:3): A herald’s voice in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, Make straight His paths. St. Thomas Aquinas observes that while we are asked to prepare the way to the Lord, we can’t prepare His way unless He comes...

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First Sunday of Advent – A

What is the meaning or purpose of Advent? Is Advent a preparation for Jesus’ future coming? In a way, it is. Descriptions of the Second Coming appear in the last Sundays that precede Advent as well as in the Gospel of this First Sunday of Advent. They are reminders that...

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