Category Archives: Ordinary Time II

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Readings: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23:1-3, 5-6 1; Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46 ALL GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND KING, NOW AND FOREVER! I would like to begin with a humorous story. Once a priest was giving a … Continue reading

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Prov 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31; Ps 128:1-5 1; Thes 5:1-6; Mt 25:14-30 “COME, SHARE YOUR MASTER’S JOY.” Once upon a time there were two teenagers who were the ninth and tenth person on Mollie Whopi’s basketball team. They were on … Continue reading

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Wis 6:12-16; Ps 63:2-8 1; Thes 4:13-18; Mt 25:1-13 “THEREFORE, STAY AWAKE, FOR YOU KNOW NEITHER THE DAY NOR THE HOUR.” There is an old story of a jester who sometimes made very wise utterances. One day, the jester … Continue reading

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Mal 1:14-2:2, 8-10; Ps 131:1-3 1; Thes 2:7-9, 13; Mt 23:1-12 “THE GREATEST AMONG YOU MUST BE YOUR SERVANT.” There is a story told of a troubled mother who came to Mahatma Gandhi along with her little daughter, and … Continue reading

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All Souls’ Day

THE SUFFERING CHURCH Today is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, more commonly known as All Souls’ Day. While not a day of Holy Obligation like yesterday’s Feast of All Saints, a day focused on the Church in Heaven, … Continue reading

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Solemnity of All Saints

Readings: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12a “LORD, THIS IS THE PEOPLE THAT LONGS TO SEE YOUR FACE!” After a long illness a woman died and arrived at the Gates of Heaven. While she was waiting for St. … Continue reading

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Ex 22:20-26; Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51 1; Thes 1:5-10; Mt 22:34-40 “TEACHER, WHICH COMMANDMENT IN THE LAW IS THE GREATEST?” There is a natural, logical kind of loving that loves lovely things and lovely people. That’s logical. But there … Continue reading

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 45:1 ,4-6; Ps 96:1, 3-5, 7-10; 1 Thes 1:1-5; Mt 22:15-21 “THEN REPAY TO CAESAR WHAT BELONGS TO CAESAR AND TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD.” Once upon a time there was a very generous man who had … Continue reading

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 25:6-10; Ps 23:1-6; Phil 4:12-16, 19-20; Mt 22:1-14 “Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Once upon a time a family had lived on a street for a long time and had no neighbors because the other lots … Continue reading

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 5:1-7; Ps 80:9, 12-16, 19-20; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43 “THE STONE THAT THE BUILDERS REJECTED HAS BECOME THE CORNERSTONE!” George Campbell Morgan, a renowned English preacher and a Bible scholar, was one of 150 young men who sought … Continue reading

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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Ez 18:25-28; Ps 25:4-9; Phil 2:1-11; Mt 21:28-32 “O LORD, WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU AND DISOBEYED YOUR WILL.” In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a … Continue reading

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 55:6-9; Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Phil 1:20-24, 27; Mt 20:1-16 “ARE YOU ENVIOUS BECAUSE I AM GENEROUS?” There was a guy who died and was being given a tour of heaven, and he saw a friend of his … Continue reading

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Sir 27:30-28:7; Ps 103:1-4, 9-12; Rom 14:7-9; Mt 18:21-35 FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS When a drunk driver took the life of his wife, his son, his daughter and his unborn child, he decided to do the hardest thing of all, … Continue reading

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Ez 33:7-9; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 13:8-10; Mt 18:15-20 AM I MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? Am I my brother’s keeper? This question goes back to the very beginning of God’s plan for salvation, and haunts us in a multitude of … Continue reading

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Jer 20:7-9; Ps 63:2-6, 8-9; Rom 12:1-2; Mt 16:21-27 IN DYING WE ARE BORN TO ETERNAL LIFE St. Augustine was born in 354 AD in Africa. His mother, St. Monica, was a devout Christian, who raised her son with … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 22:19-23; Ps 138:1-3, 6, 8; Rom 11:33-36; Mt 16:13-20 “YOU ARE PETER, AND UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH.” When Christian Herter was Governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. … Continue reading

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 56:1,6-7; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Rom 11:13-15, 29-32; Mt 15:21-28 “O GOD, O GOD, LET ALL NATIONS PRAISE YOU!” During the World War II, a small group of soldiers were on a special mission. Their good buddy … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: 1 Kgs 19:9a, 11-13a; Ps 85:9-14; Rom 9:1-5; Mt 14: 22-33 “LORD, LET US SEE YOUR KINDNESS, AND GRANT US YOUR SALVATION.” There is a story told about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had … Continue reading

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord – A

Readings: Dn 7: 9-10, 13-14; Ps 97: 1-2, 5-6, 9; 2 Pt 1: 16-19; Mt 17: 1-9 Transfigure us, O Lord! I’m sure you are familiar with this expression: ‘No pain, no gain; no thorn, no crown; no suffering, no … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: 1 Kgs 3: 5. 7-12; Ps 119: 57, 72, 76-77, 127-130; Rom 8: 28-30; Mt 13: 44-52 “LORD, YOU ARE MY GREATEST TREASURE!” A story is told of a teacher who asked a class of students, “What would you … Continue reading

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Wis 12: 13, 16-19; Ps 86: 5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Rom 8: 26-27; Mt 13: 24-43 “LORD, YOU ARE GOOD AND FORGIVING.” There is the story of a young lady who was a bright student. Unfortunately, she did not have … Continue reading

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Is 55: 10-11; Ps 65: 10, 11-14 (Lk 8:8); Rom 8: 18-23; Mt 13: 1-23 THE SEED IS THE WORD OF GOD, CHRIST IS THE SOWER ALL WHO COME TO HIM WILL HAVE LIFE FOREVER. The First Reading is … Continue reading

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Mt 11:25-30 Know Christ and you will know rest. No Christ and there will be no rest! … In this life or the one to come! A man had a … Continue reading

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: 2 Kgs 4:8–11, 14–16; Ps 89:2–3,16–19; Rom 6:3–4,8–11; Mt 10:37–42 A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION! A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious … Continue reading

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time – A

Readings: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35; Rom 5:12-15; Mt 10:26-33 “Be not afraid! Your Father cares for you!” Biologists say that fear is not only a universal emotion but the first of emotions to be developed in man … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – A

Readings: Deut 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147:12-15, 19-20; 1 Cor 10:16-17; Jn 6:51-58 THE EUCHARIST IS JESUS! “Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, … Continue reading

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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – A

Readings: Ex 34:4-6, 8-9; Dan 3:52-56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; Jn 3:16-18 IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND OF THE THE HOLY SPIRIT The TRINITY is one of the most basic doctrines of our Christian faith. When we … Continue reading

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