Thoughts on the First Reading for the Feast of all Saints

To Every Saint His Time

“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?” I said to him, “My
lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood
of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:13–14 Until this day a newly baptized person is given a white cloth symbolic of the white robe of baptismal purity. Since God’s Spirit called the Church at Pentecost, Christians are baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), with water in the name of and therefore by the power of God the Blessed Trinity, set free from the familial weakness and rebellion called original sin ...
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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Seeking God's Goodness If you then, being wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give His Holy Spirit to those who ask. Luke 11:13 We know God because He has ...
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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Beyond the Ordinary Mary was sitting at the Lord’s feet hearing his word.
Martha was busy with serving.
Mary has chosen the best part.
Luke 10:39, 40, 42 The short verses of Luke 10:38–42 are among the best-known in Sacred ...
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The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven. Luke 10:18 What happens in the cosmos in time is a mirror and a consequence of what is known timelessly in heaven, where God’s knowledge comprehends all times and all ages, what ...
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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Looking Forward No one who sets his hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is worthy of the Kingdom of God. Luke 9:62 The Lord’s instructions to those who would follow him seem brutal. To one ...
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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many Things in Christ All are sons of God because of faith in Christ Jesus. Whoever has been baptized has put on Christ. There neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female. For all are one in Christ ...
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The Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Uncomfortable Enthusiasms She stood behind Him at His feet weeping And began to wet His feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and anointed then with ointment Your faith has saved you, go in ...
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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Authority of Sight Let me tell you, brothers, about the gospel I preached to you, that it is not from man, nor indeed did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it by ...
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Thoughts on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

This is My Body I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night He was handed over, took bread and, after He had given thanks, broke it and said this ...
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