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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 12, 2014 Matthew’s parable of the wedding feast and the declined invitations (22:1-14) is the last of three successive parables of judgment (beginning in 21:28) against Israel, especially her leadership. There are obvious connections among the three parables. Each has an “authority figure” (father, landowner, and ...read more
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 5, 2014 We are back in the vineyard again this week, immersed in another of Matthew’s complex Gospel parables. Jesus told these parables in answer to the question: “What is the kingdom of God like?” His parables are short narratives that combine realistic details from first-century ...read more
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 28, 2014 Immediately preceding today’s Gospel story, Jesus has returned to the Temple (Matthew 21:23a) and reclaimed this sacred space for his healing ministry (21:14) and the stage for teaching and challenging his opponents. The chief priests and elders of the people continue to pressure him: ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 27, 2014 Solomon seeks wisdom It is important to know the historical background for today’s first reading from the First Book of Kings 3:5; 7-12. Solomon had just been installed as the third king of Israel. The lot of leadership fell to him, the favored son ...read more
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 20, 2014 Once again in this week’s Gospel passage, images of growing trees, shrubs and plants provide us with powerful insights into the quiet and slow ways that God’s Kingdom grows among us and within us. Today’s Gospel story is peculiar to Matthew (13:24-33). Central to ...read more
  The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – March 2, 2014 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (v. 32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father ...read more