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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 8, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 11/06/20

Today, Jesus likened the Kingdom of heaven to the ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. The Gospel tells us that among the ten virgins, five of them were wise and the other five were foolish. The parable is very rich with symbolic ... Read More »

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 1, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/31/20

Today is the thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary time of the Churches’ Liturgical Year. Today, we celebrate the Feast of “All Saints.” This celebration is an affirmation of the reality of heaven. It is the triumph of God’s grace through His Saints, Holy Men and Women who lived a Holy ... Read More »

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 25, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/23/20

The theme of today’s Gospel is centered on the Love of God and the Love of neighbor.  We are told in the Gospel that a scholar of the law wanted to test Jesus by asking Him: "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" Then, Jesus sees the opportunity ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 11, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/09/20

In the Gospel of today, we are told, “Many are invited but few are chosen.” One of my favorite parts of the scripture is the wedding story that Jesus tells us today and the wedding imagery of the New Testament.

God is truly like a king who wants to ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 4, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 10/02/20

The parable of Jesus in today’s Gospel talks about a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey…”

The parable is an allegory. The landowner is God. ... Read More »

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 27, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/25/20

The gospel presents us with the parable of the two sons. The two sons represent all human persons. In it, we find two attitudes displayed, namely, obedience, and disobedience to doing the Father’s will. The first son said he wasn’t going to work but afterward he changed his mind ... Read More »

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 20, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/18/20

Once again, the Gospel reading today challenges our sense of justice. It says; “…Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Jesus likens the Kingdom to a landowner in need of laborers for his vineyard. He hired each ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 13, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/11/20

The Gospel reflection today is all about God’s mercy, love, compassion, and forgiveness. Last Sunday, Jesus encourages us with one of the challenging instructions on how to correct our brothers and sisters in love and charity. Today’s readings give us even more challenging and personal instructions on forgiveness.  In ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 6, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 9/04/20

In the second reading, Saint Paul tells us about the debt we owe one another. It is the debt of God’s love. Christ, Jesus having lavished and sacrificed his love for us by the Paschal Mystery, he places an obligation on us to love one another. At the Last ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 30, 2020

Posted by Mary Ann Bernard on 8/28/20

The Christian life is a life of complete surrender, a total commitment and devotion to God. It is the way of the cross with Jesus.

Jesus told us in today’s Gospel; "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever ... Read More »