Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent (11 December 2022)

We cannot think of John the Baptist without thinking of Jesus. And we cannot think of Jesus, God’s being-in-the-flesh, without thinking of John the Baptist.
Together with his preaching, John’s very existence calls us to recognize the dignity of being a person. “No one has arisen greater than John the Baptist yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he”. I think it is fair to say that, as the messenger of God’s being-in-the-flesh, John also declares the dignity of all being-in-the-flesh.

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Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent (18 December 2022)

In today’s Gospel – Matthew 1:18-24 – we have one of the best known of the biblical stories. It has been acted out in countless nativity plays over the generations. It must also be one of the most frequent scenes depicted in art. Is it fair to say that, typically, in these theatrical and artistic representations, the cute wins out over the harsh and the romantic over the dangerous? Let us see if we can go “inside” this event rather than view it from a safe distance.

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Gospel for Christmas Day (25 December 2022)

Christmas evokes many different reactions and responses. There are those who would happily dispense with it. Others welcome it for commercial reasons. Still others dread it for family reasons. Some love it for the holidays it brings. And so it goes. Listen within: What does your faith tell you? In this Feast we celebrate the most momentous event in the history of the cosmos: “The Word became flesh”! The Divine is united in love with the human, the eternal with the temporal, the infinite with the finite. Utterly incomprehensible, but true. I cannot prove it or even begin to explain it, but I believe it.

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Gospel for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) (15 January 2023)

In John’s Gospel, “seeing” is closely linked with “believing”. The Greek verb pisteuō – “believe” – in various forms, appears more than 100 times in John’s Gospel. It is always as a verb. “Seeing”, “believing” and “witnessing” together are constitutive elements of discipleship. All are embodied in John the Baptist.

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Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) (22 January 2023)

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) (29 January 2023)

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

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