Thoughts on the Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Come, Lord Jesus

  “From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,
"Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand
                                                       Matthew 4:17        It is not possible to know what Galileans thought of heaven or how deeply the Hellenistic cosmography which saw the earth as nestled at the center of seven spheres had penetrated the Jerusalem Judaism familiar to Matthew; Paul does speak of being caught up to the third heaven (II Corinthians 12:2).    We can know that in the Hebrew Scriptures as in the New Testament Heaven is the dwelling place of ...
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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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The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Apostleship: What Paul Received Apostleship: What Paul Received I handed on to you what I received as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures; that he was buried; that ...
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The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Joy in the Law Ezra read plainly from the book of the law of God, Interpreting it so that all could understand what was read. Then Nehemiah, that is, His Excellency, and Ezra the priest-scribe And the Levites who were ...
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The Feast of The Baptism of the Lord

God's Gentleness He shall bring forth justice to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, not making His voice heard in the Street. A bruised reed He shall not break and a smoldering flax he shall not quench. Isaiah 42:2–3 ...
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The Feast of the Epiphany

His Star We saw His star as its rising And have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2 For the Mediterranean world, Greeks and Romans, Hebrews and Egyptians, life was part of a larger system and our lives were seen as ...
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The Fourth Sunday of Advent

When the New Life Began Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38 The turning of the times from futility to fulfilment may be seen as the ...
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