Ezekiel

"Ezekiel" (detail) by Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Blessed Are You

The scripture readings during Holy Mass for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Tine (Year B) are Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalms 123:1-2, 2, 3-4; Second Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6. Use the player to listen to the homily or download the mp3 audio file. Jesus said, “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my […]

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Miracles Jesus Could Not Do

Over the last two Sundays, the gospel of Mark has been making it abundantly clear that Jesus is indeed God Almighty, ruler of the world and lord over life and death. But this week we come to a story that leaves us scratching our heads.  Jesus goes to his own native place, and receives a less than jubilant reception.  “They […]

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Encountering the Word — Ezekiel 18:30b-31a

“Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit!” (Ezekiel 18:30b-31a) If you liked this scripture verse, please share it with your friends and family using both the Recommend and Social Media buttons below […]

Admonish the Sinner?

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Year A) Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 I used to think that God’s law was like those dumb rules we had to put up with in grammar school, like “Thou shalt not chew gum in class.”  They are arbitrary laws that bureaucrats came […]