Gospel Reflections

Ash Wednesday

Published: March 01, 2017

Ash Wednesday is a time of repentance and fasting for 40 days in preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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The Vigil of Christmas

Published: December 24, 2016

One of the great dangers of each Advent is that we tend to look at the liturgical readings as describing a rerun of an old movie.

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Christmas Mass at Midnight

Published: December 24, 2016

Fifty years ago this Christmas Eve, in the context of a Midnight Prayer Service, the following reading was proclaimed by a Sister-friend and it saved...

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3º domingo de Advento

Published: December 11, 2016

Então aqui estamos nós no meio do Advento, um Advento completo de quatro semanas! Esta época, com Natal e tudo, é fantasticamente maravilhosa.

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 11, 2016

Well, here we are in the middle of Advent, a complete four week Advent! This season, with Christmas and all, is just too fantastically wonderful.

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1st Sunday of Advent

Published: November 27, 2016

In the opening prayer for this Sunday’s Eucharistic liturgy we pray that our All-powerful God will increase our STRENGTH OF WILL for doing good…that Christ...

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Feast of Christ the King-c

Published: November 20, 2016

INTRODUCTION Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in his 1925 encyclical letter, Quas Primas, in response to growing nationalism and secularism...

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32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: November 06, 2016

Today’s Gospel tells us that some Sadducees who claimed there is no resurrection asked Jesus about resurrection using the rule which is called Levirate marriage.

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All Souls

Published: November 02, 2016

Yesterday in joy we celebrated the solemnity of all the saints who lived their lives according to the Beatitudes.

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All Saints

Published: November 01, 2016

The Church celebrates the Feast of All Saints on November 1, but sometimes this feast is not a joyful day, as it should be.

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LA FETE DE LA TOUSSAINT

Published: November 01, 2016

Le 1er novembre, l’Eglise célèbre la fête de la toussaint ; mais parfois cette fête n’est pas un jour joyeux, comme elle devait l’être.

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Transfiguration of the Lord

Published: August 06, 2016

I share this reflection with you at a time when our world is being disfigured by war, indiscriminate and discriminate violence, aimed at individuals, nations...

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13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: June 26, 2016

Today's Gospel places us in the shoes of those who are marginalized, excluded, impoverished, misled, and despised: the peasants struggling for a piece of land,...

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13º DOMINGO COMUM

Published: June 26, 2016

O Evangelho de hoje nos coloca na pele dos povos marginalizados, excluídos, empobrecidos, e desprezados: os camponeses que lutam por um pedaço de terra, os...

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ELFDE ZONDAG DOOR HET JAAR C

Published: June 12, 2016

De Farizeeër heeft Jezus uitgenodigd voor een maaltijd.  Onmiddellijk wordt de rust verstoord door het bezoek van een ongevraagde gast, een vrouw.  Ze had vernomen...

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10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: June 05, 2016

This Sunday we have two narratives that mirror each other. The Hebrew Scripture and the New Testament story are particularly relevant during this Jubilee Year...

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Pentecost Sunday

Published: May 15, 2016

Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the official and public descent of the Spirit on the disciples gathered together in Jerusalem.

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7th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 08, 2016

There is great consolation and joy in today’s Gospel as we hear Jesus praying to His Father, not just for the little community gathered round...

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La Fête de l'Ascension

Published: May 05, 2016

Le temps entre PÂQUES et PENTECÔTE ou Jésus Ressuscité disparaît aux yeux des siens. Mystère divin et surnaturel mais sa présence invisible s'intensifie.

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6th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 01, 2016

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told...

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5th Sunday of Easter

Published: April 24, 2016

In these weeks following  our celebration of God’s overwhelming love for us manifest in the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, I find myself singing that...

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Feast of St. Julie

Published: April 08, 2016

Today marks the anniversary of the death, in 1816, of Saint Julie Billiart, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

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Easter Sunday

Published: March 27, 2016

I have often thought how lucky I am to have been born in a country where Easter coincides with Spring.

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Good Friday

Published: March 25, 2016

The Paschal Mystery… is a process of transformation within which we are given both new life and new spirit.

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Feast of St. Joseph

Published: March 19, 2016

What aspects of God’s Goodness does Joseph mirror?What questions of our time does the pattern of his life help us to live in love?

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4th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 06, 2016

A powerful theme running through the Gospel readings of recent weeks is that of JOURNEY, with the Epiphany journey of the Magi (forever memorable in...

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Published: February 28, 2016

“In the first century it was common to believe that misfortune was a sign of God’s disfavor.” Even though Jesus clearly denies the legitimacy of...

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1st Sunday of Lent

Published: February 14, 2016

Was Jesus' post-baptism retreat the consequence of the voice heard at that event: "You are my beloved Son.  On you my favor rests?"  Did he...

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Ash Wednesday

Published: February 10, 2016

On Ash Wednesday a few years ago, I came home after attending an evening Mass in my parish church.

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Published: January 03, 2016

We must regain the conviction that we need one anotherand share responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth...

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The Nativity of the Lord (Day)

Published: December 25, 2015

The Gospel for the Mass during the Day on Christmas offers us a completely different angle for contemplating the Incarnation than the other Gospels proclaimed...

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3rd Sunday in Advent

Published: December 13, 2015

 “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good...

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2nd Sunday in Advent

Published: December 06, 2015

Of the four Evangelists, Luke portrays himself as a religious historian defined as one who puts history at the service of theology rather than making...

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1st Sunday in Advent

Published: November 29, 2015

The neighborhood is Soho in lower Manhattan. The location is Spring Street, a block from our house. The time is early morning.

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Feast of All Souls

Published: November 02, 2015

Today we remember to pray for the dead, especially for our relatives and friends and many others who may not have reached the perfection of...

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Feast of All Saints

Published: November 01, 2015

In the first reading of today’s Liturgy of the Word, an angel carrying “the seal of the living God” impresses it on the foreheads of...

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Transfiguration of the Lord

Published: August 06, 2015

“Become what you are.” This phrase keeps running through my thoughts as I consider the experience of Jesus and his closest followers on Tabor’ high peak.

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Pentecost Sunday

Published: May 24, 2015

In the Jewish tradition, Pentecost celebrates the beginning of harvest, a time when the first fruits of the year are gathered up and shared.

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Feast of St. Julie

Published: May 13, 2015

On this anniversary of her Beatification in 1906, one hundred nine years ago today, St. Julie Billiart made her formal debut in the Universal Church.

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5th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 03, 2015

In the Farewell Discourse of John’s Gospel (Jn 13-17) Jesus’ words offer a vision of the new life for all who are his disciples.

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2nd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 12, 2015

The quality of mercy is not strain'd,It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath...It is an attribute of God himself...--The Merchant of...

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2nd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 12, 2015

Today we celebrate the encounter of Thomas and Jesus. I am sure we have all had the experience of being called a “doubting Thomas.” Generally...

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4th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 15, 2015

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” — The Little Prince by Antoine...

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 08, 2015

In today’s Gospel, we see a very angry Jesus overturning tables, with a whip, and driving the money sellers out of His Father’s house.

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1st Sunday of Lent

Published: February 22, 2015

Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. Lent recalls for us our Baptism, or the renewal of our baptismal promises.

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Premier dimanche de carême

Published: February 22, 2015

Aujourd’hui nous célébrons le premier dimanche de Carême. Le Carême est une marche vers le baptême, ou encore marche vers la rénovation des promesses de...

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Ash Wednesday 2015

Published: February 18, 2015

As the ashes mark each forehead we hear: ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’ or ‘Repent and preach/believe the Gospel.’ The...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 14, 2014

I am reminded of a hauntingly beautiful song, “How can I keep from singing?” that seems at home on this 3rd Sunday of Advent, this...

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 07, 2014

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.It is written in the Book of Isaiah,"Look I am going to send...

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Feast of All Saints

Published: November 01, 2014

The Gospel for this Sunday, the Feast of All Saints, begins as follows: "When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after...

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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 07, 2014

In preparing this reflection, three questions emerged: How do we handle disagreements and conflicts in our personal, professional, and communal relationships? Do we deal with...

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