Third Sunday of Advent

The reading from Isaiah describes the events that will take place and the joy that will fill the people on the day when they will be liberated from the Assyrians.  Like many prophecies it was one that was not to be fulfilled immediately, but for a long time.  Meanwhile, Isaiah calls the people to prepare […]

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2nd Sunday of Advent

The Advent season always brings with it a renewal of hope and this Sunday we hear from the great prophet of hope—Isaiah, who happens to be the prophet most often heard in Advent liturgies. One of the most famous passages of Isaiah’s prophecy is read today in which we hear him make an early anticipation […]

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32nd Sunday of the Year

The Second Book of Maccabees makes a rare appearance in the Lectionary today—it occurs only once in the three-year Sunday cycle and twice more (November 19th and 20th this year) on weekdays.  Along with the Book of Wisdom which we heard from last Sunday, First and Second Maccabees are among the latest books of the […]

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30th Sunday of the Year

An interesting contrast presents itself in this Sunday’s scriptures:  in the second reading, from the Second Letter to Timothy, Saint Paul uses the image of a successful athlete to describe his journey of faith. He says: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown […]

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28th Sunday of the Year

The last two Sundays masses of September we heard from the prophet Amos, who inveighed against the lack of fidelity and the ruthlessness of many in the northern Kingdom of Israel, often called Samaria. The first Sunday of October we witnessed his fellow prophet Habakkuk thundering against the people of Judah. Today we hear a […]

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