Palm Sunday

Gospel MT 26:14-27:66 We hear the Passion account from St. Matthew as we begin this Holy Week.  His account of the Passion emphasizes how Jesus was obedient to the will of the Father, even to point of accepting death on the cross.  Jesus speaks of this several times from the Last Supper, to Gethsemane where […]

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

The prophet Ezekiel greets us this Sunday with the words: “Thus says the Lord God—O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them” (Eze 37:12). Ezekiel is among the earlier voices in the Bible to speak of resurrection.  In Judaism, belief in a resurrection of sorts only came about over […]

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Third Sunday of Lent

At Meribah Moses was in the midst of an intense trial of faith; while he endured this trial successfully, the Israelites failed to trust in the Lord’s providence, as we hear: “the Israelites quarreled there and tested the Lord, saying, “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” (Exo 17:7). This story is similar to […]

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Second Sunday of Lent

Matthew 17 1 – 9 Today we hear the account of the Transfiguration of our Lord.  This is a Gospel that is familiar and affords us with the gift of placing ourselves there with Jesus and Peter, James and John. We can imagine   what it was like to see Jesus transfigured before our eyes with […]

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First Sunday of Lent

For the first Sunday of Lent the reflection practically has to be on the theme of sin. This is not simply because we began the penitential season of Lent this past Wednesday as we received our ashes, but because the scripture readings demand it. The first reading today is from the Book of Genesis and […]

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s scripture readings engage us in a reflection on the nature of sin and law, and they begin with a biblical author for whom the Torah and its commandments were life-defining.  We hear from this author, Jesus ben-Sira, on Sundays at least twice each year. His advice is sometimes quite specific, for instance, when we […]

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Presentation of the Lord

Jesus’ Presentation in the Temple was a consequence of the Torah’s prescription regarding women who had recently given birth: forty days after the birth of a male child (and eighty days after the birth of a female child) the mother was to offer a sacrifice through a priest to symbolize her “purification” following birth (Lev […]

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