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28 Jun

Gospel June 28, 2020

The First Reading is from the Second Book of Kings. This reading is about the hospitality scripture par excellence. The woman in today’s reading is incredible. As a wealthy and influential woman from Shunem offers the prophet Elisha the hospitality of meals, a bed, a lamp, and a chair on a regular basis. It seems that the prophet has a special place in the home and heart of this woman since Elijah is a man of God. A man who speaks the Word of God. Hospitality in the scripture is a sacred duty. Therefore, her hospitality to the prophet is rewarded by the promise of a son she and her husband have been longing for.

21 Jun

Gospel June 21, 2020

The First Reading is from the Prophet Jeremiah who has often been called a “reluctant” prophet. He was always trying to run away from God because he did not want to be a prophet. Once Jeremiah says ‘Yes’ to God’s call, he speaks what he feels God wants him to say. His message is about repentance of infidelity to their covenant with God. His preaching angers the religious and civil leaders and his own people. Therefore, today’s reading is an excerpt from what is called the “Confessions of Jeremiah” – a revelation of the personal anguish the prophet experiences in his soul as he carries out his ministry. “But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.”
14 Jun

Gospel June 14, 2020

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which, in years past, was known by its Latin name Corpus Christi. The First Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy is intended as a reminder to the people of Israel of how God fed them in the desert with manna, miraculous food which Catholics would later see as a prefiguration of the Eucharist. In this sermon, Moses seeks to remind his people that they are not to live on bread alone but on every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Therefore, Catholics now must continually depend on the Eucharist and the Word of God.

07 Jun

Gospel June 7, 2020

In the Readings at Mass for this Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we honor all three Persons of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From the Book of Exodus we hear the story of the second giving of the Law (The Ten Commandments) after the people of Israel broke covenant with God by worshiping the golden calf. God also reveals himself to Moses as One who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, rich in kindness and fidelity. Every part of that statement stresses God in relationship to humankind, and it emphasizes especially God’s great love for us.