Gospel April 5, 2020

In the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, the First Reading is from the Book of the prophet Isaiah. This is the third of four ‘suffering servant songs’ found in the book of Isaiah. The servant is entrusted with a special mission on behalf of God’s people. The servant is portrayed as a disciple who listens to God. Morning after morning, the Lord ‘opens’ the ear of the servant that he may hear God’s Word. Because of his faithfulness to God, the servant undergoes all kinds of humiliations and sufferings. In the midst of his sufferings, the servant displays great trust in God. As the early Christians read these passages, they see in them images of Jesus, the suffering servant of God.

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Gospel March 29, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. At the time of this story, the people of Israel are captives in Babylon, living in physical exile from their homeland and in spiritual exile from God. They feel God has abandoned them. But Ezekiel bears witness to the reanimation of the dead Israel in preparation for her return to the Promised Land. He guarantees his community in exile that the Lord will one day bring them back to live in the freedom of the Promised Land. The Lord states, “I will open your graves, have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel.” 

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Gospel March 22, 2020

In the First Reading, from the First Book of Samuel, Samuel, a special servant of the God of Israel, is sent on a mission of great importance, to anoint a new king to replace Saul. Samuel thinks that God’s choice is surely one of Jesse’s seven sons who are present when he arrives, but he is mistaken. God chose the most unlikely candidate, namely, David, the shepherd boy, the youngest son of Jesse. Now Samuels sees what God had in mind, a young man with the confidence and character needed to fill a large role in God's Plan of Salvation.

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