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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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

On Independence Day Americans remember our founding as a nation when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Traditionally this day is marked by celebrations of national unity and remembrance of those who have served in the armed forces to preserve our freedoms—especially those who have died […]

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Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time

In today’s first reading the prophet Jeremiah finds himself denounced and pursued on every side, though he does not lose heart, saying: “the Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion” (Jer 20:11). […]

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