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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 16, 2015 In chapter six of John’s Gospel (vv. 41-51), Jesus speaks of himself as “the living bread that came down from heaven” and invites his hearers to eat of this bread” — that is, to believe in him. He promises that those who do so ...read more
Mount Tabor, Blessed Paul VI and the Feast of the Transfiguration. ...read more
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 9, 2015 I have always loved reading the Elijah cycle in the Book of Kings. The first book, Chapter 18, portrays Elijah as an invincible prophet who fearlessly stands up to king and prophets, but he remains extremely so human in the process! Today’s first reading ...read more
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – August 2, 2015 We can certainly understand God’s frustration with his people in today’s first reading from Exodus (16:2-4,12-15). The God of Israel has just delivered his people from slavery and has set them on the way to their promised land. Yet after crossing the Red Sea ...read more
On the Feast of Mary Magdalene – July 22 “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” The famous maxim first appeared in the letters of St. Augustine, when he wrote, “With love for humanity and hatred of sins.” Mohandas Ghandi later used it in his autobiography when he wrote: “Hate the sin and not the sinner.” But I ...read more
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 26, 2015 Today’s Old Testament reading from 2 Kings 4:42-44 is a fitting prelude to John’s version of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (6:1-21). The author of Kings tells us about one of Elisha’s servants who doubts that 20 loaves of barley is enough ...read more
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 19, 2015 The themes of sheep and shepherding flow though the Scripture readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B). The moving Gospel story of Jesus having compassion on the crowds that were “like sheep without a shepherd” helps us to focus on his ...read more
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 12, 2015 When the Gospels relate to us the call extended by Jesus to his young disciples and apostles, it is always done in a very compassionate way. Jesus looks upon those whom he calls; he loves them, challenges them and calls them to be something ...read more
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – July 5, 2015 We know today’s Gospel story well, perhaps too well! It would have been customary for Jesus to go to the synagogue each week during the Sabbath, and when his turn came, to read from the scriptures during the Sabbath service. His hometown folks listened ...read more
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 28, 2015 Last week we witnessed Jesus’ divine power at work on the forces of nature (Mark 4:37-41). Today’s Gospel stories reveal his power over disease and death. In these powerful accounts, Jesus reminds us of the importance of faith. Nothing is possible without faith. On ...read more