Witnesses to joy

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 18, 2012
Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

For the Secular Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) at their semiannual Profession Mass.

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, our Gospel reading today comes from the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to Mark—a chapter sometimes known as the “Little Apocalypse,” for in it our Lord Jesus prepares his disciples for what would be coming. Some of it would be coming just 40 years later, when Jerusalem would be conquered and the Temple destroyed by the Roman Empire, while some of the generation of his time were still living. Some would come beyond that, in the future; indeed, even now it has yet to come. (more…)

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The choice of faith

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 26, 2012
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34; Eph 5:2, 25-32; John 6:51-58

This is our fifth and final week in Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John, and we have come to the time of decision. Our Lord Jesus has done much and said much; and now it is time for his disciples to respond, to choose. Just as we heard in the first reading that Joshua had said to the People of Israel some 1400 years earlier, “Choose you this day whom you will serve”—so our Lord’s disciples had a choice to make.

The chapter began the day before, when our Lord Jesus miraculously fed the crowd of 5000 with just five loaves and two fish. And then, the next day, the crowd came looking for him. (more…)

How can you believe that Christ is risen?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B: April 15, 2012
Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

“These are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name.

On Easter Sunday, and throughout the 50 days of the Easter Season, we celebrate the truth that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The tomb could not hold him. His love conquered death itself, and he rose triumphant, his body transformed and glorified. And he opens the way to us to share in this Resurrection life: partially now, in our souls, through baptism; fully, on the last day, when he raises us up in a resurrection like his. (more…)