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August 17th 2014 – Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen Here! A Foreigner’s Faith 

Readings:
 Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 
Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
 Matthew 15:21-28 
Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies. 

 Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with Israel.

 Jesus tests her faith three times. [...]

June 29th 2014 – Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul

Listen Here! The Apostles’ Church Readings: Acts 12:1–11   Psalm 34:2–9 
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18   Matthew 16:13–19 This Sunday’s celebration of the great apostles Peter and Paul is a celebration of the Church. Peter’s deliverance from jail is compared to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Like Israel he is rescued at Passover from “the hand” of his enemy by an “angel of the Lord” after girding himself with belt, sandals, and cloak (see Ex 3:8; 12:8, 11–12; 14:19) [...]

June 29th 2014 – Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul

Listen Here! The Apostles’ Church Readings: Acts 12:1–11   Psalm 34:2–9 
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18   Matthew 16:13–19 This Sunday’s celebration of the great apostles Peter and Paul is a celebration of the Church. Peter’s deliverance from jail is compared to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Like Israel he is rescued at Passover from “the hand” of his enemy by an “angel of the Lord” after girding himself with belt, sandals, and cloak (see Ex 3:8; 12:8, 11–12; 14:19) [...]

December 29th 2013 – Feast of the Holy Family

Listen Here! Saving Family Readings: Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Colossians 3:12-21 Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 Underlying the wisdom offered in today’s Liturgy is the mystery of the family in God’s divine plan. The Lord has set father in honor over his children and mother in authority over her sons, we hear in today’s First Reading. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the blessings of the family flow from Zion, the heavenly mother of the royal people of God (see Isaiah 66:7,10-13; Galatians 4:26). [...]