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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 1st, 2017 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
The phrase “my friend Jesus” brings up memories of the 70s and playing folk music at Mass. But what can Jesus teach us about friendship? Last week we looked at a very important quality of friendship: Faithfulness. A good friend sticks with you through thick and thin. They may not be able to help you ...read more
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 3rd, 2017 Today’s Gospel from Matthew 16:21-27 presents us with the first prediction of Jesus’ passion. It follows the story told in Mark 8:31-33 and serves as a corrective to the misunderstanding of Jesus’ Messiahship as solely one of glory and triumph. Matthew’s account of the ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – July 30th, 2017 Solomon seeks wisdom It is important to know the historical background for today’s first reading from the First Book of Kings 3:5-12. Solomon had just been installed as the third king of Israel. The lot of leadership fell to him, the favoured son of ...read more
Solemnity of Pentecost – Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter that signals the start of the universal mission of the Church – a mission that overcomes human obstacles and has the Spirit as its driving force. The mighty breath of God and the fire of the Spirit’s presence engulf the ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A – May 21st, 2017 The first six Chapters of Acts tell the story of the foundation and building up of the Church in Jerusalem. In today’s first reading (Acts 8:5-8, 14-17) and again in Acts 10:44-48 and Acts 19:1-6, Luke distinguishes between baptism in the name of the Lord ...read more