March 3 - Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C : Each tree is known by its yield

February 28th, 2019

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First Reading Sirach 27:4–7
In his conversation is the test of the man.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 92: 2–3,13–16
The just shall flourish like a palm tree.

 

Second Reading  1 Corinthians 15: 54–58
Thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 6:39–45

 

The third and final section of Luke’s Sermon on the Plain begins: And he told them a parable. There are actually four parables, three of which we read today. They are all about how to be a good disciple.

The blind cannot lead the blind. And a disciple cannot be a good disciple unless he or she has learned from the teacher. Everyone who is fully trained is like the teacher who knows how to cure the blind. Before you can be a good disciple and teach others you must take care of yourself. Do not try to take a speck out of your brother’s eye until you have taken the board out of your own. Finally, only when you have purified yourself can you produce the good works that the teacher requires. Discipleship asks us to produce good deeds. But to produce them requires the integrity and purity of heart found in the teacher. When people see your good deeds they will know that this is because you have a good heart. 

February 24 - Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C: Be merciful as God is merciful.

February 21st, 2019

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First Reading  1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9,12-13,22-23
David does not kill Saul.

 

Responsorial Psalm  Psalm 103:1-4,8,10,12-13
A song in praise of God's mercy

 

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
As we bear the image of Adam, so we will bear the image of the one from heaven.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 6:27-38

 

Today's gospel reading is a continuation of the teaching that began in last Sunday's gospel. We continue to hear Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. Recall that in Luke's Gospel, this teaching is addressed to Jesus' disciples. This is in contrast to the parallel found in Matthew's Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus' words are addressed to both the disciples and to the crowds.

These words from Jesus' teaching are familiar to us. They constitute the crux and the challenge of what it means to be a disciple: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, give to those who ask, do unto others, lend without expecting repayment, judge not lest you be judged.

February 17 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C: The way to happiness

February 14th, 2019

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First Reading Jeremiah 17:5-8
Put trust and hope in the Lord, not in human beings.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 1:1-4,6
Blessed are those who follow the law of the Lord.

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20
Our hope for resurrection is sure because Christ has been raised from the dead.

Gospel Reading
Luke 6:17,20-26
 

Last Sunday we heard Jesus call Peter to be his disciple. Jesus then travels with Peter and the other disciples. Luke reports acts of healing (a person with leprosy and a paralytic man) and the call of Levi, the tax collector. Jesus also replies to questions from the Pharisees regarding fasting and the observance of the Sabbath. In the verses immediately before today's gospel reading, Jesus is reported to have chosen 12 men from among his disciples to be apostles. Apostle is a Greek word that means “one who is sent.”

Today's gospel reading is the beginning of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. We find a parallel to this passage in Matthew 5:1-7,11 that is often called the Sermon on the Mount. As these titles suggest, there are differences and similarities between these gospel readings.

 The Beatitudes are often described as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. We are challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.

February 10 - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time :Disciple’s Call

February 7th, 2019

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First Reading Isaiah 6:1-2a,3-8
Isaiah describes his vision and call from the Lord.

 

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 138:1-5,7-8
A song of thanks to God who saves us

 

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Paul reminds the Corinthians of the gospel that he announced to them.

 

Gospel Reading
Luke 5:1-11

 

In today’s Gospel Peter trusts and obeys God's word: "at Thy Word I will lay my nets". In doing so he experiences God's power in the great catch of fish. Because Peter accepts his own inadequacy and sinfulness God is able to change him. The scratches in our lives could become beautiful opportunities for God to turn a negative into a positive, a minus into a plus.

 

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