Lectionary Cycle B

On the Second Confession of Saint Peter
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On the Second Confession of Saint Peter

Christ Jesus bestowed upon the Apostle Simon Peter a particular ministry, that he and all those who would succeed him as the Vicar of Christ on Earth would carry out. This reflection concerns the Second Confession of Saint Peter. Attached to that confession is the duty for Simon Peter and his successors in the Peterine Ministry to be the servant, slave, and friend of all creatures of God.

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Jesus is Laid in the Tomb (Good Friday Reflection)
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Jesus is Laid in the Tomb (Good Friday Reflection)

After this, Joseph of Arimathea, secretly a disciple of Jesus for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he could remove the Body of Jesus. And Pilate permitted it. So he came and took His body.

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Understanding Divine Consolations as Gifts from God (The Transfiguration)
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Understanding Divine Consolations as Gifts from God (The Transfiguration)

There many other things that can be said about Divine consolations, especially about the reasons why God decides to give them to us in the first place, but I believe that the most essential treatment that needs to be made here concerns how we ought to respond to them. I say that because Divine consolations will come to many us for whatever reason God deigns, but it is how we respond to them is what is most crucial to know.

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Jesus’ 3 Keys to Resisting Temptation
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Jesus’ 3 Keys to Resisting Temptation

There are three keys to resisting temptation that Jesus offers us to imitate through His successful refute of Satan’s attack. They are 1. Identify, 2. Filter, and 3. React. These are the three things we must unceasingly do throughout the day, even in the midnight hours.

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The Solemnity of Christ the King
in Feast Days, Memorials, & Solemnities, Lectionary Cycle B

The Solemnity of Christ the King

The truth (the person) is right there in his face and talking to him, but he cannot even see Him. Perhaps if Pilate were actually searching for the truth, rather than just musing about it, he might have seen Jesus for who He is, but, as a typical politician, Pilate’s first interests are in himself and in self-preservation.

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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr

The call of this Holy Day is for us to have faith in Christ Jesus coming into our life, to acknowledge how God sees us in our present condition, and to Cooperate with Him in His great work to clean up every aspect of our complete life; all of our thoughts, words, and deeds, so that we might be conformed to the image of Christ Jesus.

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The One Certain Thing Has Not Changed
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The One Certain Thing Has Not Changed

Being that none of us knows for certain the day or hour of our death, we must do all that we can, with the help of God’s grace, to live a life worthy of Him who loved us first, and we must love others as He loved us by sharing with as many people as possible the Good News of a better life In Christ Jesus

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We are Called to Love and Truth, Not Civility!
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We are Called to Love and Truth, Not Civility!

Love is a completely different animal than civility. We never hear in the Scriptures that God is civil. Civility is formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. Civility is tolerance to all types of things, even immorality and sin. Civility consists of making polite remarks in formal conversation.

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The Shame and Honor of Bartimaeus
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The Shame and Honor of Bartimaeus

We who are In Christ are all Bartimaeus. We are all sons and daughters of Honor and Reverence, and what we need to do to truly step into our calling is to throw off our old cloak – throw off those old things that belong to our life outside of Christ, because once we abandon the old, we immediately position ourselves to receive from God the new and better thing He has for us.

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How Do We Know What to Pray For?
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How Do We Know What to Pray For?

What I’ve learned in life is that if I want peace, then I ought to pray for God to grant peace to others as well as to myself. If you want more joy in your life, then pray for God to increase other’s joy as well as your own. If you make your prayer life inclusive of the needs of others as well, what you’ll discover is what you’ve asked God to give to those whom you prayed for will all be given to you.

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On Christ Jesus, Texas Hold’em, and Going ‘All In’
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On Christ Jesus, Texas Hold’em, and Going ‘All In’

The call of today’s Gospel Reading is clear. The choice is not as difficult as fully integrating the choice into our life, but the promise from Jesus is absolute. If we choose we leave all of our attachments to this world behind and live a life devoted to living with, in, and through Him we will have made the only wager that guarantees a big win.

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Jesus’ Teaching on the Indissolubility of Marriage
in Lectionary Cycle B, Reflections on Mass Readings, Relationship, Marriage, Dating, & Sex

Jesus’ Teaching on the Indissolubility of Marriage

What Jesus primarily does three things in His dialogue with the Pharisees in today’s Gospel Reading is: (1) Restore the true definition of marriage by reaching back to God’s original intent; (2) Restore the equality of spouses by raising the dignity of woman in marriage; and (3) By His word He promises to sustain and perfect marriage.

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What Did Jesus Say About Minding Your Own Business?
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What Did Jesus Say About Minding Your Own Business?

There are two things in this life that are spiritually unhealthy; the first thing is meddling in God’s business; the second is meddling in Satan’s business. The latter will frustrated you, while the former will possess you. The best place to be is minding the business that God has given you to mind – tending to the things that God has given you to tend to.

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