Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today the Church marks the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when we recall a solemn article of our Catholic faith; namely, that Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”  In some ancient western Christian traditions and in many eastern Christian traditions […]

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18th Sunday of the Year

“Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!” (Qoh 1:2).  I am delighted to have a reading this Sunday from the Book of Ecclesiastes, also known as the Book of Qoheleth.  I am pleased first and foremost since this book conveys much wisdom and prudent advice, and it does so in […]

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16th Sunday of the Year

The gist of this Sunday’s scripture readings is evident:  the responsibility to show authentic hospitality to visitors is highlighted through two famous incidents, and a further lesson about the responsibility to exercise a sort of “spiritual hospitality” is drawn from these accounts. First we encounter Abraham and Sarah dwelling by the “terebinth of Mamre,” which […]

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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

We know from reading the Gospels that the Pharisees and Scribes regularly looked for opportunities to test Jesus.  Jesus would answer with the truth that originated from God, was expressed in the Scriptures, and was brought to fulfillment by Jesus, the Word made flesh.  The antagonist in this Gospel passage is identified as a scholar, […]

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14th Sunday of the Year

Two strikingly different images confront us immediately this week:  first, Isaiah uses the image of a nursing mother gently tending to her child to describe the Lord’s care for his people Israel (Isa 66:10-14). Contraposed to this beautiful scene we find Saint Paul extolling and finding strength in the cross of Christ, yet at the […]

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Corpus Christi

On the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—Corpus Christi—the Gospel opens with the words: “Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:11).  After Jesus first proclaimed the Kingdom he then did something remarkable:  he fed the multitude.  “Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking […]

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