Gospel

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Way to Happiness Today’s gospel reading is the beginning of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. As we listen to this Gospel, the Beatitudes jar our sensibilities. Those who are poor, hungry, weeping, or persecuted are called blessed. This is, indeed, a Gospel of reversals. Those often thought to have been forgotten by God are called blessed. …

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Setting Out into the Deep In today’s Gospel scene, Jesus is teaching by the shore, and the crowds press in on him. Jesus spots the boat of Simon, gets into it, and asks him to launch out a bit from the shore so that he can preach from there. When finished, he tells Simon to take the boat into the …

Gospel

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Jesus’ Words of Challenge In today’s Gospel, we learn that the people of Nazareth are impressed by Jesus’ words, and yet they seem surprised. They still think of Jesus as merely Joseph’s son. They do not expect such words from someone they believe that they know. This Gospel is about who Jesus is and who people believe him to be. …

Gospel

3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Mission of Jesus Today’s Gospel, presenting Jesus’ “inaugural address” in the synagogue of Nazareth and outlining his theology of total liberation, marks a great moment in Jesus’ public ministry. As Jesus stands in the synagogue, he reads from the scroll handed to him; it contains the words of the prophet Isaiah. At this early moment in his ministry, Jesus announces …

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

The Abundance of God’s Kingdom In today’s Gospel, John tells us that Jesus and his disciples were invited to this wedding at Cana, as was Jesus’ mother, Mary. Jewish weddings of those days could last a week. This was a time of grand celebration and Jesus and Mary along with the disciples were part of it. Today’s story is indeed …