13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 27, 2017

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a Second Reading: Romans 6:3-4,8-11 Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42 In an age when people are growing farther apart, there is a greater need for friendliness more than ever before, and the traditional value of hospitality is once more being rediscovered. We have a beautiful story in the first reading. It’s the delightful st...

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6th Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2017

First Reading: Acts 8:5-8,14-17 Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Gospel: John 14:15-21 Today’s readings speak of the promise to send the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit’s coming will be solemnly celebrated on the feast of Pentecost. Besides the promise, today’s gospel spells out how to prepare to receive the Holy Spirit. The second reading from the letter of St. Peter i...

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May 14, 2017

May 13, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Easter First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7 Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-9 Gospel: John 14:1-12 We have beautiful readings today that speak about us, a Church founded by Jesus on the apostles, the Church which is human and divine, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. The second reading from Peter’s letter compares us, as Church, to a spiritual building. The build...

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May 07, 2017

May 07, 2017

Scripture Reflection Fourth Sunday of Easter First Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:20a-25 Gospel: John 10:1-10 The fourth Sunday in the Easter season is “Good Shepherd Sunday,” with the reading coming from John’s Gospel, chapter 10, Jesus’ “Good Shepherd” discourse. Most of us in the twenty-first century America have little or no personal exposure...

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Cast into the Deep (April 16, 2017)

April 15, 2017

Filling Our Emptiness Fr. Rolly Astudillo The only evidence of the resurrection of Jesus was an empty tomb. How did the women who came to the tomb of Jesus feel after finding it empty? It must have been a terrible feeling not finding their loved one in the expected familiar place. There are times when parents look for their teenage child in the familiar children’s games and childhood be...

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Easter Sunday 2017

April 15, 2017

Easter Sunday (April 16) First Reading: Acts 10:34a,37-43 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 Gospel: John 20:1-9 Easter is the greatest celebration of the Church. The resurrection of Jesus reminds us that there is life beyond the grave. The story of the suffering and death of Jesus on Good Friday is the story of the triumph of falsity over truth, of injustice over justice, of evil...

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Palm Sunday 2017

April 08, 2017

Palm Sunday (April 9) First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Matthew 27:11-54 Holy Week begins today with the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. This event is filled with significance in the life of the Lord; its implication is likewise immense with the disciples. It is a life-changing moment, a defining act of submission. Riding a donkey, Jesus ...

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Fifth Sunday of Lent 2017

April 06, 2017

Fifth Sunday of Lent Readings: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Romans 8:8-11 Gospel John 11:1-45 The Bible’s greatest and most powerful image of hope is the resurrection and that is the theme of the readings for the fifth Sunday of Lent. The first reading from Ezekiel is part of the famous vision of the valley of dry bones. He sees the dry bones coming to life again and having flesh restored upon ...

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jan. 22)

January 21, 2017

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jan. 22) First Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13.17 Gospel: John 1:29-34 All of us, by virtue of our Baptism are called to share in the mission of Jesus to be leaven of hope to all and to be a light for others in their darkest moments. In the first reading, Isaiah was prophesying at a time when the Assyrian army overran Zeb...

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Jan. 15)

January 15, 2017

First Reading: Isaiah 49:3,5-6 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Gospel: John 1:29-34 We are still beginning the liturgical season in Ordinary Time after the season of Christmas that ended with the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan on January 9th (Monday). Many images and figures could have been used to define the work that Jesus was to accomplish. He could have been presen...

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