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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

My Dear People,

The incidence on Caesarea Philippi is a very interesting incident and very important. When Peter, whose words were put in by Mark the Evangelist, indicated the important of the chair of Peter and of the Papacy, Peter spoke on behalf of the apostles. He was the ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

My Dear People,

Jesus is in the Gentile territory. This is the place Isaiah references in the passage of Chapter 8:23 and 9:1: “First, he degraded the land of Zebulon and the land of Naphtali; but in the end he has glorified the seaward road, the land West of ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

My Dear People,

Today both readings deal with following the Law. In Deuteronomy, Moses exhorts the people to follow the law of God, in the gospel Jesus tells the people that we must follow the Law of God from our hearts.

Moses is giving exhortation to the new generation ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

My Dear people,

Jesus has a very emphatic discourse about the Living bread. He says “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”

Those ... Read More »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

 

My Dear People,

Jesus begins the second part of his discourse, in which he explicitly reveals the great mystery of the Blessed Eucharist. Christ’s words have such a tremendous realism about them that they cannot be interpreted in a figurative way: if Christ were not really present under ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

My Dear People,

The reading of Exodus today points out the complaint that the people have toward God. This is due to their lack of faith. God alleviates their need even though they do not deserve it. At the same time, just as Moses and Aaron listened patiently to ... Read More »

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 9/19/18

My Dear People,

The next five weeks, we will read the six chapter of John which deal with the famous discourse of the bread of live. This is the chapter which clearly emphasize the importance of the Eucharist, and the doctrine of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

Today we have the very memorable passage of John where Jesus fed the five thousand people from five barley loaves and two fish.  This miracle is the foreshadowing of the Eucharist. As Jesus said as the heavenly Father gave manna in the desert I will give you living bread. As Jesus took care of the physical need of the people in the desert how much more Jesus will take care of our spiritual needs. For this reason Jesus speaks about the living bread, which is found in the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. There is the main teaching of Jesus in regard the Eucharist.  When Jesus took the barley loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed them. The Eucharistic reference here is obvious. These are the same words which are used during the consecration. The one verb that here is not contained is broke it.  This happened at the last super to indicate that Jesus was going to be broken and sacrificed for us. Jesus took the loaves of ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 7/30/18

My Dear People,

Today we read from Jeremiah. The previous chapters announced the exile to come, and come it did, because of the kings’ failure to keep the Covenant. The kings, in chronological order, were the subject of the various oracles. Now Jeremiah, looking to the future, uses the ... Read More »

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 7/30/18

My Dear People,

When Jesus sent the apostles two by two, he told them to bring no provision. That is, they were not to bring a thing that they needed. Why would Jesus send the apostles this way? Jesus requires them to be free of any form of attachment ... Read More »

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christy .. on 7/17/18

My Dear People, 

In the Reading of Ezekiel, God tells the prophet that Israel is a “Nation of rebels” or, as it is put a little further on in the text a “rebellious house.”  The book defines the people of Israel in this negative way because it sums up the ... Read More »