SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 16, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ December 3, 2018
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Luke 3:10–18 In this Advent Gospel, John the Baptist answers some specific questions about preparing for the coming of the Messiah. He urges the sharing of food and clothing. He asked tax collectors to be fair and soldiers to be satisfied with their wages. Most of all, John pointed to the one who is to […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 25, 2018 – Solemnity of Christ the King

Author: David Dziena ~ November 28, 2018
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John 18:33b–37 The Gospel for this great feast is the story of Jesus before Pilate. In this Gospel, Jesus explains that his Kingdom is not of this world. Jesus came into the world to give witness to the truth. The Gospel and the feast give all an invitation to build up God’s kingdom in their […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 2, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ November 27, 2018
362

Luke 21:25–28, 34–36 The Advent Sundays pave the way for the celebration of Jesus’ first coming at his birth in Bethlehem, his Second Coming at the end of time, and his continued coming to all who gather in his name. This Sunday’s Gospel describes that Second Coming and the fulfillment of the human race at […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 9, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ November 27, 2018
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Luke 3:1–6 In Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist urges people to prepare the way of the Lord and to make straight his path. Saint John quotes the prophet Isaiah who also states that the mountains and hills will be made low, the winding roads made straight, and the rough ways smooth. The prophet also says […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 18, 2018 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ November 13, 2018
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Mark 13:24–32 During the next three Sundays before the end of the Church year, the Gospels tell of Jesus’ Second Coming. Although the readings may be difficult for the younger children, the message is clear—Christ is the culmination of history. Children of all ages understand that events often change their world. The Gospel for this […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 11, 2018 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ November 6, 2018
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Mark 12:38–44 This Sunday’s Gospel is a call for us all to share ourselves with others. The widow gives to the Temple two small coins that are significant to her livelihood. Jesus contrasts that with the showy gifts the rich and learned gave to the Temple treasury. They gave something of their great abundance. The […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 4, 2018 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ October 30, 2018
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Mark 12:28b–34 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus gives us his New Law: Love God and love your neighbor. This Great Commandment sums up Jesus’ teaching that love is what connects us to God and all other people. It sounds easy, but living the Law of Love takes great effort and prayer. With the help of […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—October 28, 2018 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ October 23, 2018
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Mark 10:46–52 In Sunday’s Gospel, the blind Bartimaeus had to make up his mind about Jesus without the benefit of seeing him. He asked Jesus for the gift of sight. His faith was rewarded with vision. We all learn about Jesus from what we hear of him from those who teach us and from what […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—October 21, 2018 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ October 16, 2018
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Mark 10:35–45 James and John ask Jesus a question that reveals common human ambitions—to be special, to be recognized, and to have privilege. They want to know if they can be at Jesus’ side in the Kingdom. Jesus’ response contains a simple and direct prescription for his followers: If you want to be first, you […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—October 14, 2018 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ October 9, 2018
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Mark 10:17–30 In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares the rich man to an overloaded camel—so weighed down with possessions that it cannot squeeze through a narrow city gate. The rich man sadly walks away when Jesus calls him to shed his possessions and give the money to the poor. The Gospel is a reminder about how […]

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