Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 5th, 2023

INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY: The Christian Life: Light and Salt – Light is the thought that links today’s liturgy of the word.  Its meaning is developed in the first and third readings. Paul teaches that the light of Christ has its own power when preached and does not depend on...

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Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time – January 29th, 2023

INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY: Dependence on God – Two important biblical concepts come together in today’s readings.  These are the remnant of Israel and the anawim of the “poor of God.”  The prophet Zephaniah speaks of the sacred remnant of God’s people and the humble hearts which they are to...

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Third Sunday of Ordinary Time – January 22nd, 2023

INTRODUCTION TO THE LITURGY: The Heart of Discipleship – In Jesus the messianic age has dawned.  Matthew, the gospel to be read during this A cycle, introduces Jesus’ public ministry immediately after the account of the baptism by John (3:13–17) and Jesus’ temptation in the desert (4:1–11).  As in the...

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Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – January 15th, 2023

Introduction to the Liturgy: Christian Baptism: Election, Forgiveness and Mission – Today’s liturgy of the word couples John the Baptist’s recognition of Jesus and his mission with Isaiah’s second song if the suffering servant.  What is said of the mission of Jesus is to be duplicated in the life of...

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Epiphany of the Lord – JANUARY 8th, 2023

Introduction to the Liturgy:  A Call to the Wild – Today’s feast adds a new and central feature to the Christmas message. Epiphany means manifestation – in this case, manifestation to the nations.  Jesus is not solely the Jewish Messiah; he comes for the entire world.  In Christ, all barriers will...

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THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD JANUARY 1ST, 2023

HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – Mary, The Mother of God – From the infancy narratives, which are written from a post-Easter theological perspective, it is impossible to determine how much Mary understood at the Time of...

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THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD DECEMBER 25TH, 2022

HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – Your Savior Comes – These words from Isaiah, read in the mass for Christmas morning, capture the flavor of all the readings selected for this feast. Selections from the book of...

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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 18TH, 2022

HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – Immanuel – “God with Us”– As Advent draws to a close, the church presents three passages of scripture with bear on Jesus’ birth. The Immanuel text from Isaiah has a long...

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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 11TH, 2022

HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – The Messiah as Healer – Jesus was not the type to messiah that was expected.  The puzzled emissaries of the Baptist in today’s gospel pose the question of his identity.  His...

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SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 4TH, 2022

HEARING IMPAIRED? LISTEN TO INTERNAL TRANSMISSION OF THE CATHEDRAL SOUND SYSTEM ON 88.1 FM Introduction to the Liturgy – The Era of Justice and Peace – The reading from Isaiah is drawn from that section of the book known as the book of Immanuel wherein the future messianic king is...

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