Sunday Scripture Reflections with Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Why We Stone Prophets

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The prophets of the Old and New Testaments show us that sometimes love demand that we speak truth that people don’t want to hear.  Jeremiah was thrown into a cistern; Jesus was run out of Nazareth. This shows us that God’s messengers shouldn’t expect honor, respect, and popularity. The Mass readings for the fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) […]

Catholics and Bible Study

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Bible study and prayer with Scripture is absolutely necessary for Catholics.  As St. Jerome said, ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. The Mass readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 15; First Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12; Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21. There is a myth that we must lay to […]

Sign of Transformation

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Everyone knows the story of the first of the Lord’s “signs” — how Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana at the request of Mary, his mother. But there is more to the story than at first meets the eye. The Mass readings for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) — Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalms 96:1-2, […]

Baptism of the Lord and Mission

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The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan closes the Christmas Season. This reflection on the scripture readings for the feast also provide us insight into the sacraments of baptism and Confirmation and give us food for meditation as we say the first luminous mystery of the rosary. The Mass readings for the Feast of […]

Epiphany of the Heart

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Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Epiphany (Years ABC) — Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12. Gold may have been one of the original Christmas presents, but don’t be mistaken—there was never a golden age in the church free of controversy and struggle. Galatians and Acts tell us about a particularly […]

The Holy Family and Piety in the Twenty-First Century

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The Feast of the Holy Family challenges us to grow in the virtues of piety, honor, patience, and forbearance.   And to learn to laugh together. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Feast of the Holy Family (Year C) — Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:41-52. The Passion of the Christ was the most intense movie […]

Mary as a Model of Faith

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The Gospel of Luke presents Mary, mother of Jesus,  as the model of faith, showing us what faith must include to be authentic and effective.  And imitating Mary’s virtue is key to an authentic Marian devotion and an adequate understanding of the deepest meaning of the Immaculate Conception — that it’s all about grace. Reflection on the Mass readings for […]

Gaudete Sunday

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John the Baptist is often thought of as a stern, grim figure.  But as a matter of fact, he could be the patron saint of joy!  Maybe that’s why is is the focal point of the gospel for Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.  Joy comes only through humility and repentance. Reflection on the Mass readings for […]

Season of Hope

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Advent is a season of joy & hope.  Paul says to rejoice in hope.  But what is hope, anyway?  How does this theological virtue differ from faith and what does it have to do with rejoicing? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Second Sunday of Advent (Year C) — Baruch 5:1-9; Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke […]

The Reason for the Season

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The Advent season is more about preparing for the second coming of Christ than for Christmas.  To prepare for his final coming is more about action than end-times speculation. Reflection on the Mass readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year C) — Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; First Thessalonians 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Advent is simply the Latin […]