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Solemnity of Our Lady of Arabia

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Solemnity of Our Lady of Arabia

Readings: Zeph 3: 14-18/ Is 12: 2-6/ Gal 4: 4-7/ Lk 1: 39-56 “MY SOUL PROCLAIMS THE GREATNESS OF THE LORD.” A Priest once while traveling by train, was not wanting to enter into any conversation with passengers. To do … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of the Lord – B

Readings: Isaiah: 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 EVERY NATION ON EARTH WILL ADORE THE LORD Introduction The word Epiphany, which means appearance or manifestation or showing forth, marks Jesus’ first appearance to the Gentiles. “Epiphany” refers to God’s Self-revelation … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Readings: Num 6: 22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4: 4-7; Lk 2: 16-21 Mary, Mother of God, help me to walk with God this Year “Mary, the all holy ever virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of … Continue reading

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Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Readings: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12; Tit 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20 “LET’S GO! LET US GO TO BETHLEHEM…” There is a story told of a young man who sent his parents a microwave oven for Christmas. They were very excited … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38 “BEHOLD, I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD. MAY IT BE DONE TO ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD.” A Persian legend runs that a certain … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is 61:1-2, 10-11; Lk 1:46-50, 53-54; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 “REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS, AND AGAIN I SAY REJOICE! INDEED, THE LORD IS NEAR.” There is joy in retrospect, as we look at the past; there … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9-14; 2 Pt 3:8-14; Mk 1:1-8 “PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS.” Once, when a conference of ministers was held in a certain town, a certain old preacher had sat quietly … Continue reading

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Readings: Gen 3:9-15, 20; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Lk 1:26-38 “HAIL, FULL OF GRACE!” On June 22nd 1998, the Church of Corpus Christi in Moyross in Limerick was destroyed by fire causing an estimated £250,000 worth of damage. At first it … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Advent – B

Readings: Is 63: 16-17. 19b; 64: 2-7/ Ps 80: 2-3. 15-16. 18-19/ 1 Cor 1: 3-9/ Mk 13: 33-37 “BE WATCHFUL, BE ALERT! FOR YOU DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE TIME WILL COME.” Today is the First Sunday of Advent … Continue reading

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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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Pentecost Sunday – A

Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104:1,24,29-31,34; 1 Cor 12:3-7,12-13; Jn 20:19-23 “Come, Holy Spirit! Live in me and in all of us as you lived in Mary and the Apostles.” Today is “Pentecost Sunday,” the fiftieth day after the Resurrection. On … Continue reading

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Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord – A

Readings: Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Eph 1:17-23; Mt 28:16-20 His Ascension is not His Separation from His People, but the Ascension of His Throne and the Beginning of His reign as Head of the Church. When you try … Continue reading

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Sixth Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20; 1 Pt 3:15-18; Jn 14:15-21 ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT Speaking to a large audience, Bishop Fulton Sheen, held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 6:1-7; Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; 1 Pt 2:4-9; Jn 14:1-12 “I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. NO ONE CAN COME TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.” During the 2nd World War, in Malaya, a … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41; Ps 23:1-6; 1 Pt 2:20-25; Jn 10:1-10 GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY “The Lord is your shepherd; don’t ever say “I am lost”. He leads you to green pastures; don’t ever say “I am broke”. Let the weak … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Easter – A

Readings: Acts 2:14,22-28; Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-11; 1 Pt 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35 THE EMMAUS JOURNEY: Talking, Walking, Sharing and Knowing. I read about a minister who was given the honor of preaching at an important meeting of his denomination. Just … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) – A

Readings: Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; 1 Pt 1:3-9; Jn 20:19-31 He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God. As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of the Lord

Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED, TO DIE NO MORE! ALLELUIA! Today is Easter Sunday, and on this feast day we joyfully celebrate the glorious Resurrection … Continue reading

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Good Friday – A

Readings: Is 52:13—53:12; Ps 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25; Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9; Jn 18:1—19:42 HIS DESTINY WAS THE CROSS HIS PURPOSE WAS LOVE HIS REASON WAS YOU “It is finished’; and he bowed his head and handed over his … Continue reading

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Holy Thursday – A

Readings: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn 13:34; Jn 13:1-15 LOVE cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning. LOVE has to be put into action and that action is SERVICE – Mother Teresa- Evening … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday – A

Readings: Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mt 27:11-54 HOSANNA TO THE KING OF KINGS! After five and a half weeks of preparation, we now enter into the climax of the Lenten season viz. Holy Week, the chief … Continue reading

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Fifth Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: Ezek 37:12-14; Ps 130:1-8; Rom 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 Everybody has troubles but not everybody has JESUS. JESUS MAKES THE DIFFERENCE I dreamed that I went to heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a … Continue reading

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Fourth Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: 1 Sam 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Ps 23:1-6; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 Little Faith will bring your Soul to Heaven, But Great Faith will bring Heaven to your Soul. The Fourth Sunday of Lent customarily is called “Laetare Sunday,” and it takes … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Lent – A

Readings: Ex 17:3-7; Ps 95:1-2, 6-9; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; Jn 4:5-15,19-26,39-42 LIKE THE WOMAN AT THE WELL, WE ARE SEEKING- FOR THINGS THAT CANNOT SATISFY Many of you might still remember the hollywood Marilyn Monroe of the 1950s? Monroe had … Continue reading

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