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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Thoughts on the Readings for Trinity Sunday

Ever-living, Informing, Loving “God so loved the world that he sent his Son” John 3:16 So across the expanse of planet earth there are this day many millions who live in civilizations in which in ways often obscure, sometimes evident, ...
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Pentecost

Two Promises The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Romans 8:16 I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my ...
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Thoughts on the Second Reading for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Good Works Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense. To repay each for what he has done. Revelation 22:12 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to ...
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Thoughts on the First Reading for the Sixth Sunday in Easter

Some of our number who went out without any mandate from us have upset you with their teachings…. We have with one accord decided to choose representatives and send them to you. Acts 15:24, 27 The wall of the city ...
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The Fourth Sunday of Easter

All Nations Shall Serve Him I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth Acts 13:47 I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, Which ...
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Palm Sunday

The Day Jesus Was King Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” ...
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The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Whoever is in Christ is a new creation. II Corinthians 5:17 At the heart of Paul’s genius is one grand, all-encompassing idea that is simultaneously a theology of nature, a theology of salvation history, and a theology of everyman’s soul’s ...
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The Third Sunday in Lent

His Name Shall Be Called Jesus If they ask me, “What is His Name?” What am I to tell them? God replied, “I am who am.” Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I am sent ...
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