20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Today’s scripture readings present a united theme across the board: the good news that God’s salvation is available to all who put faith in him, regardless of race, gender, background, or social status. Isaiah launches this movement by speaking the word of the Lord and proclaiming, “The foreigners who join themselves to the Lord…and hold to my covenant, them I will bring […]

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

As a new student monk residing at Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine motherhouse in Rome, one of the first small tasks I had to master was to memorize the Latin version of one of the traditional monastic forms for grace before meals. The opening of this prayer was an adaptation of the Psalm we sing together […]

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Book of Wisdom we hear from today was composed quite late in the Old Testament era, likely less than a hundred years before the birth of Jesus. Its inspired author wrote in Greek rather than the Hebrew language in which the earlier books of the Old Testament were written, and he had developed a […]

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