SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 24

Author: David Dziena ~ December 11, 2017
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Luke 1:26–38 In Sunday’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel disturbs Mary with the words, “The Lord is with you…. You have found favor with God.” Mary wonders what those words mean. She wonders, too, how she can become a mother since she is still a virgin. Mary’s yes to God is an act of faith. The […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 17

Author: David Dziena ~ December 4, 2017
157

John 1:6–8, 19–28 During Advent, we prepare for Christmas by listening to the people who prepared the way for Jesus’ coming. In this Sunday’s Gospel, people ask John the Baptist who he is—the Messiah or a prophet. John answers by identifying himself as a voice in the desert, crying out, “Make straight the way of […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 10

Author: David Dziena ~ November 27, 2017
151

Mark 1:1–8 In Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist urges people to prepare a smooth, straight road on which God can come to us. Isaiah’s words of comfort to the exiled Israelites assure them and us that we can count on God’s forgiveness. Jesus’ words call for us to turn our lives around and make sure that […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 3

Author: David Dziena ~ November 21, 2017
146

Mark 13:33–37 The Church’s three-year cycle of Lectionary readings begins again on the First Sunday of Advent. We start reading from Cycle B, which is organized around Mark’s Gospel. Throughout Advent, we also hear the prophet Isaiah’s words in the First Reading. On this first Sunday of the Church year, Jesus speaks of his coming in […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — November 26, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 14, 2017
142

  Matthew 25:31–46 This Sunday, we hear Jesus’ great parable of judgment. The parable clearly states that all will be judged on the Works of Mercy described in it. We are called to build God’s reign on Earth and to share in that reign forever. But to do so, we need to care for the […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – November 19, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 7, 2017
139

  Matthew 25:14–30 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells a pointed story about three servants. Their master entrusts them with varying amounts of money. Two of the servants double their money, but fear gets in the way of the third servant. All he can do is preserve what he has. The challenge for all of […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – November 12, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 1, 2017
132

Matthew 25:1–13 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the bridegroom and 10 girls to tell his disciples to remain vigilant. The parable describes some of the girls as foolish and some as wise. Those who were ready for the bridegroom went into the wedding feast. The bridegroom, however, didn’t even acknowledge those […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – November 5, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ October 24, 2017
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Matthew 23:1–12 In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Pharisees take the best seats in the house to show how important they are. They act only if it benefits them, but Jesus tells his followers to follow only what the Pharisees preach, not what they do. They burden others and do not help. Jesus, however, teaches his […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 29, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ October 17, 2017
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Matthew 22:34–40 In this Sunday’s Gospel, the Pharisees are again trying to test Jesus. They were well aware that there are many laws in the first five books of the Bible—the books the Jews call the Torah, or the Law. The Pharisees asked Jesus which law was the greatest. Jesus answered at once: To love […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 22, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ October 11, 2017
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Matthew 22:15–21 Nobody likes to pay taxes. That was as true for people in Jesus’ time as it is today. The Pharisees tried to get Jesus to take sides about the taxes the Jews paid to the Romans who occupied their land. Jesus asked to see the coin used to pay taxes, and someone in […]

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