March 28, 2020

    As each of the major days of Holy Week draws near, I will add to this post, so please bookmark it. I am a freelance writer in California, where a state law prohibits a media organization like Patheos from publishing more than thirty-four posts per year from a freelance writer. So I am making separate new posts here only about once every ten days.     FOR THE MASS OF THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT   Ezekiel 37:12-14. Romans… Read more

March 14, 2020

  John 4:5-42, for Mass on the Third Sunday of Lent   The savior of the world says salvation is from the Jews. Today in his Gospel the savior is traveling. He, a Jew, is passing through the territory of the Samaritans, who, like the Jews, are offspring of Jacob. However, since the Samaritans had long ago intermarried with pagans, the Jews held their Samaritan kin to be both half-breeds and heretics. The Gospel tells us Christ, a Jew, is… Read more

February 29, 2020

  Matthew 4:1-11. The First Sunday of Lent.   We meet in the Scriptures, the Gospel and the Sacraments not only our salvation, but also God who is to be worshiped. The event we witness in the Gospel today, the event of Christ’s retreat, penance and temptation in the desert, starts right after his baptism at the river Jordan. This two-sided event of Christ’s baptism and his forty days in the desert was the beginning of his public mission. It… Read more

February 15, 2020

  Matthew 5:17-37, the Gospel Reading at Mass on the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time   In his Gospel today, the Lord voices a litany of consequences for sin. you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. you … will be liable to judgment…. answerable to the Sanhedrin…. liable to fiery Gehenna. thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid…. The sins whose consequences today’s Gospel addresses are those against… Read more

February 1, 2020

The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Sunday, February 2, 2020 Luke 2:22-40 When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in… Read more

January 18, 2020

I have previously written about the Lord’s Baptism and posted it elsewhere with the title, “Baptism Made Jesus Dirty.” Last Sunday, January 12, was the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, with the Gospel reading taken from Matthew. This Sunday, January 19, the Gospel reading from John also presents the Lord’s Baptism. I’ll speak here below about the third “epiphany.”   In less than one hundred eighty years after the resurrection of Christ, there was already a yearly festival… Read more

January 8, 2020

Hosanna in the highest! Storm into our hearts! Mark 6:44-52 After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore. Then he saw that they… Read more

January 6, 2020

Ongoing conversion is one of the vows of Benedictine monks, but all persons who are mindful in following Christ also seek their own ongoing conversion. When Christ left the anonymity of Nazareth to start preaching, he began with a call to repentance, conversion, metanoia, a change of mind. The Gospel reading at Mass for today, the Monday after Epiphany, is Matthew 4:12-17,23-25. It tells us: Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”… Read more

January 5, 2020

Epiphany means great revealing, great show or great showing.   The Gospel reading at Mass on the solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord is Matthew 2:1-12.   Next Sunday is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the official last day of the Church’s liturgical Christmas season. Today, the solemnity of Epiphany Sunday, the weekdays after it, and the following Sunday of the Lord’s Baptism are all Epiphany days within the season of Christmas. The word “Epiphany” means… Read more

January 4, 2020

Beginning to Encounter Christ   In the Gospel readings at Mass for the first three days of the year, we do not encounter Jesus speaking any words. Then on January 4 we have the reading of John 1:35-42 where Jesus both appears and speaks for the first time in the Holy Gospel according to John. Several persons in the reading have their first encounter with Jesus. John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk… Read more

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