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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Eucharist in Action Today’s Gospel elaborates further on the teaching that Jesus began in our liturgy last week. In that reading, the crowds wondered about how Jesus could say that he had come down from heaven because they knew Jesus to be the son of Joseph. In this Gospel, some have difficulty with Jesus’ teaching that he is the living …

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Jesus-The Living Bread Today’s Gospel begins with a report that the Jews complained about Jesus’ claims regarding his identity. They knew his family, and they knew he was the son of Joseph. They could not comprehend what Jesus meant when he said that he came down from heaven. Jesus responds to the complaints by saying that only those who are …

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Give us this Bread always In today’s Gospel, there are four exchanges between Jesus and the crowd. In the first, the crowd, having followed Jesus to Capernaum, asks a very matter of fact question: “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus replies by naming their motivation in pursuing him. They have been fed. Jesus acknowledges this, yet challenges them to …

loaves and fishes

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Bread of Life Our Sunday Gospel reading leaves Mark’s Gospel for the next several weeks and continues from the Gospel of John. Today we hear the story of the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes. It is presented as a sign of his authority and divinity. Jesus interprets the meaning and significance of this miracle as a sharing of …

Jesus with crowds

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Jesus took pity on the People In this today’s Gospel, we read the report of the return of the Twelve, who were sent by Jesus to preach repentance, heal the sick, and drive out demons. When the Twelve return to Jesus, he invites them to come away from the crowds and rest. But the crowds will not give them peace. …

John the Baptist

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

The Birth of John the Baptist The first two chapters of Luke’s Gospel alternate between stories of two births. One is the annunciation and birth of John the Baptist, who was, for Luke, the last great prophet of the Old Testament and who prepared the way for someone greater than any prophet—Jesus the Messiah. The annunciation and birth of Jesus …