St. Mark

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 […]

A Lasting Dominion

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The feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is observed on the last Sunday of the Roman Catholic Liturgical Year. It causes us to ponder what sort of authority, kingdom and dominion are truly lasting, and what judgment will be truly final. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of […]

Five Keys to “Set the Lord Ever Before Me”

The readings for this, the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, are filled with what many might describe as horrifying images of the end of times. We must understand these images before we arrive at the end of the liturgical year next Sunday with the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Prophet Daniel speaks of a future time of unsurpassed distress […]

The Final Battle

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The Apocalypse — What does the Bible really teach about the End of the World, Armageddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ and the final battle against the Antichrist? The gospels and the book of Revelation raise many apocalyptic questions for Christians. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Daniel 12:1-3; Psalms 16:5, […]

The Two Widows

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The gospel story of the Widow’s Mite and the Old Testament visit of the prophet Elijah to the Widow of Zarephath are well known bible tales. Two simple but heroic women — who call us to heroic virtue in a hidden way, in the midst of everyday life. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time […]

Keeping the Great Commandment

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Hear O Israel!  Most have heard of the Great Commandment – to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself.  But if God is just and salvation depends upon perfect obedience to this command, who can be saved? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalms 18:2-3, […]

The Blind Beggar with Outrageous Faith

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The story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar who met Jesus on the road to Jericho, is a dramatic event from the Gospel of Mark that illustrates something very important about the true nature of Christian faith. This post on his faith reflects on the readings for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; […]

The Rich Young Man and King Solomon

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Both the Rich Young Man in Mark’s Gospel and King Solomon had a very difficult choice to make. In a similar moment of decision, what would be the desire of your heart? Wisdom and adventure, or comfort and convenience? Where do true riches…and security…lie? The readings for the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalms 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17; […]

Marital Love

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Is annulment just a Catholic Divorce?  This article explains the controversial Roman Catholic position on love, marital intimacy, divorce, remarriage and celibacy. The readings for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Genesis 2:18-24; Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12. The Beatles wrote a song that was the sensation of 1967, “All you need is […]

Surpass the Pharisees — Cut it Off!

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The sham holiness of the Pharisees was hard on others sin but made excuses for its own faults.The sham holiness of the Pharisees was hard on others sin but made excuses for its own faults. We so often condemn the Pharisees that we totally miss a sneaky way that we are often like them.  The hard saying of Jesus “if […]