Lectionary Cycle C

The Solemnity of Christ the King
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The Solemnity of Christ the King

It is something to consider that the life of Jesus of Nazareth began with a King (Herod) trying to kill Him because he felt that the coming of the Messiah threatened his kingship. Then throughout His ministry He has to reject the efforts of His followers to make Him their earthly ‘King’.

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Saint Paul’s Teaching on Keeping Good Company
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Saint Paul’s Teaching on Keeping Good Company

Again, the longer we keep evildoers in our company, the harder it becomes for us to stay committed to doing the right thing. It makes us weary of doing well when everyone around us is having fun doing wrong.

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Jesus’ Definitive Teaching on Resurrection to the Sadducees
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Jesus’ Definitive Teaching on Resurrection to the Sadducees

The Gospel Reading for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time comes from Luke 20:27-38, in which Jesus offers the Gospel’s most definitive and succinct teaching on the reality and nature of resurrection and the communion of saints.

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Jesus’ Teaching on Zacchaeus and the Tree
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Jesus’ Teaching on Zacchaeus and the Tree

The call of today’s Gospel if twofold. The first is for us to be mindful to imitate Zacchaeus and always be anxious to set our eyes upon the Lord; particularly at the Sacrifice of the Mass, during Adoration, in the stranger, and within ourselves. The second call is for to be ever attentive to the Zacchaeus’ in our sphere.

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Saint Paul’s Teaching on the Benefits of Abandonment and Suffering
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Saint Paul’s Teaching on the Benefits of Abandonment and Suffering

The call of today’s Mass is a simple reminder that suffering is never easy, but it is necessary that we learn that God is our only true source of strength and support, and that it is He who places people in our life along the way to help us get to our own Mount Calvary.

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Jesus’ Teaching on Preparing Ourselves Against the Coming of Satan
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Jesus’ Teaching on Preparing Ourselves Against the Coming of Satan

Satan is out to kill, steal, and destroy humanity one person at a time, but to kill and destroy us he must steal himself into our life; that is, he must first work himself into our home, and once he is in there his prime objective becomes to kill and destroy us. Do not be deceived or negligent in remembering this fact!

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Jesus’ Teaching on Being Prepared for His Coming
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Jesus’ Teaching on Being Prepared for His Coming

Therefore, it is by imitating the sacrifice of Christ in carrying our own cross to our own Mount Calvary, that we prepare for the coming of Christ in every way that He comes to us (e.g. in the Holy Eucharist, in the Priest, in Scripture, in neighbor, in self, and in everyday situations).

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Jesus’ Teaching on the Benefits of Persistent Prayer
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Jesus’ Teaching on the Benefits of Persistent Prayer

The call of today’s Gospel is for us to be encouraged to cry to God everyday for those things that trouble our soul; for He is trustworthy, merciful, and always has our best intentions in mind. God will always work it out for you if you trust In Him!

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Jesus’ Teaching on Living in Active Gratitude
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Jesus’ Teaching on Living in Active Gratitude

The First reading (2 Kings 5:14-17) and the Gospel Reading (Luke 17:11-19) at today’s Mass for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time share four common points. The Samaritan leper in the Gospel reading today offers us some practical helps to overcome those things that obstruct the way of living in active gratitude to God. Living in active gratitude of what God has done, is doing, and desires to do is the best way to always be in a position to cheerfully give Jesus away to others. Indeed, this is our Baptismal calling, and the special call for today’s Mass.

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Biblical Teachings on Persevering in Your Calling
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Biblical Teachings on Persevering in Your Calling

The call to be an Unprofitable Servant is all about doing what you are called to, without expecting a pat on the back for it. Clearly, we Christians believe that the reward will come in time, but, for now, it is our hour to faithfully grind it out in all perseverance and trust in Him who sets His laborers to work in the field.

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Sainthood is a Decision
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Sainthood is a Decision

In the context of our present life, we have to make sure that we too are resolutely determined to become saints, because the saints are those in Heaven. To desire something less than sainthood is to desire eternity in Hell. We have to be committed to not letting any obstacle stand in our way of sainthood. We cannot allow the hate and machinations of people stand in our way of holiness. We cannot allow closed doors, closed ears, closed hearts, or closed minds prevent us from the goal of eternal life with God.

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Biblical Teachings Against the Evils of Self-Complacency
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Biblical Teachings Against the Evils of Self-Complacency

There are three progressive degrees of self-complacency in the Spiritual Life. The first degree is directed towards self, the second towards neighbor, and the third towards God. The call of today’s Mass is for us to embrace of attitude of St. Augustine who wrote in his Confessions, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord.”

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Jesus’ Teaching on Trustworthiness & Faithfulness
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Jesus’ Teaching on Trustworthiness & Faithfulness

The Gospel Reading from this 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time is the example story/parable about the ‘Dishonest Stewart’ from Luke 16:1-13. The call of today’s Gospel is twofold. First we must detach ourselves from whatever we have in our life that we are in the process of accumulating dishonestly. The second is that we must do is recommit ourselves to being faithful stewards of those things that we did gain honestly.

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