Second Sunday of Lent

A profoundly difficult scripture text confronts the Church this Sunday, one whose very imagery has caused some to find the Judeo-Christian tradition troubling and not worthy of belief. The reading is the so-called sacrifice of Isaac, the moment when Abraham was ordered by God to offer his own son—his only legitimate child—in sacrifice to the […]

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Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Only twice in the three-year cycle of Sunday readings do we hear from the Book of Leviticus. This middle book of the Torah is concerned with many topics related to worship, morality, and the conduct of one’s everyday life. As Catholics we should appreciate the deep care with which our Jewish forebears observed the call […]

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Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s second reading is drawn from Saint Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, a document filled with both uplifting teachings and advice which can be baffling to modern sensibilities. The passage we hear at mass might well fall into the latter category, since in it Paul urges his readers to think carefully as to […]

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Epiphany of the Lord

The Church marks the first Sunday of this new year by celebrating the great feast of Epiphany. While it may be overshadowed in our contemporary society by the celebration of Christmas, Epiphany is directly related to Christmas and it ranks as one of the most important days of the Church year, recalling the revelation of […]

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