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Holy Thursday

Ex 12:1-8,11-14; Ps 116:12-13,15-18; 1Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:1-15:  This responsorial psalm provides a question worth of both early morning meditation and end of the day reflection.  Indeed, answering this question is what makes us Eucharistic people.  “How shall I make a return to the LORD for all the good he has done for me?”  Or […]

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Wednesday of Holy Week

Is 50:4-9; Ps 69:8-10,21,22,31,33,34; Mt 26:14-25:  What a difference one day makes in this beautiful drama of Holy Week. The psalm now sings of the insult and shame that afflicts the faithful servant of the LORD. The Suffering Servant no longer prays to be shielded from shame. Now he prays that even his suffering would […]

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Tuesday of Holy Week

Is 49:1-6; Ps 71:1-6,15,16; Jn 13:21-33,36-38: In a shame based social organization, it is death to have your dignity publicly denied. Today’s responsorial psalm reflects upon the profound relationship between the Lord Jesus and his Father. It is his confidence in the Father’s love and care that enables Jesus to sing of his salvation. As […]

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Monday of Holy Week

Is 42:1-7; Ps 27:1-3,13-14; Jn 12:1-11: We spend this whole week gazing upon the cross of Christ. We look with love upon the Faithful Servant of the LORD about whom Isaiah the Prophet sings. We look with love upon Christ the Suffering Servant of the LORD and recall every detail of his last week before […]

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Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday we gather in joyful anticipation to celebrate the mass at which palm fronds will be blessed and distributed and we will hear the long proclamation of the gospel of the Lord’s passion, knowing that the most solemn days of the Church year are now very close. On this unique occasion in the […]

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Friday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42:  It sounds so selfish. This psalm sounds self-centered. The opening line admits that my love for the LORD is because he is my strength, my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer.  Because the LORD has so loved me, I love him.  Yet, isn’t this how love works.  We love in response […]

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Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Lent

Dn3:14-20,91,92,95; Dn3:52-56; Jn8:31-42:  Today’s psalm echoes the universal praise of the Living God.  The LORD is God, and there is no other.  The gods of the nations are naught.  This is the truth proclaimed by the psalm and the first reading today.  Even today’s gospel message announces the universal claim of the Creator of heaven […]

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