Readings:  Acts 13:14, 43-52; Ps 100: 1-2, 3, 5; Rev 7:9, 14b-17; Jn 10: 27-30 The Good Shepherd “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Not long ago, the archdiocese of New York celebrated the opening of its bicentennial anniversary (15 April 2007) at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Cardinal Egan […]

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Readings:  Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41; Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-4 The Appearance to the Seven Disciples  “Simon, son of John, do you love me?  Feed my sheep.” Perhaps some of you heard the news days ago about the horrific massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  Images of grief and […]

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SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (or DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY) Readings: Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Rev 1:9-13, 17-19; Jn 20:19-31 “Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.  As the Father has sent me, so I send you.  And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, Receive […]

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EASTER SUNDAY The Resurrection of the Lord Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; or 1 Cor 5:6b-8; Jn 20:1-9; or Lk 24:1-12[1] “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” We have reached the climax of our intense encounter with the power of Easter experience […]

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Celebration of the Lord’s Passion “My kingdom does not belong to this world.  If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants [would] be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.  But as it is, my kingdom is not here.  So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”  […]

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Evening of the Lord’s Supper Readings:  Ex 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18; 1 Cor 11:23-26; Jn[1] 13:1-15 The symbolic act of foot washing “Now that I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” The legendary principle that brings light to our seasons of awareness tells us […]

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The Suffering Servant of Israel – Christ Readings:  Is 50:4-7; Ps 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Lk 22:14-23:56 For centuries this sacred time of the year in our faith tradition has been a great deal about what we have been preparing for — as we enter the holiest week in our Church calendar, the Palm […]

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Jesus and a Woman Taken in Adultery[1] “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” There is a famous saying in French that goes, “Tout comprendre, c’est tout pardonner”[2] (To understand all is to forgive all).  That sounds difficult, doesn’t it?  But in many stories […]

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Our readings today are beautiful, especially the gospel.  It is part of Luke’s masterpiece – The Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  Given the main highlight in the story, the father himself initiates his gift of restoring his younger son back to whole again – to his full privilege […]

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Readings:  Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15; Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7,8, 11; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Lk 13:1-9 The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree “Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.  If not you can cut it down.” While […]

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