Road to Emmaus

December 02, 2009
Second Sunday of Advent
By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Bar. 5:1-9

Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

Second Reading – Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11

Gospel Reading – Lk. 3:1-6

In the readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, we have a profound confluence of scriptural texts. Beginning with the Prophet Baruch who spoke during the time of the Babylonian captivity and exile of the southern Kingdom of Judah, we are led across the spectrum of salvation history to the Gospel of Luke, who quotes from the prophet Isaiah. Baruch and...

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November 18, 2009
Our Lord Jesus Christ the King
By Brian Pizzalato

First ReadingDan. 7:13-14

Responsorial PsalmPs. 93:1, 1-2, 5

Second ReadingRev. 1:5-8

Gospel ReadingJn. 18:33b-37

For those of us who live in the United States it is a bit odd to hear about royalty, kings, queens and kingdoms. After all we got our start by rejecting the ways of the United “Kingdom.”

However, as Catholics we are inundated by the language of kingdom. God gave Adam dominion, and thus made him king over creation (cf. Genesis 1:26). God made a...

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November 11, 2009
Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Dan. 12:1-3
Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
Second Reading – Heb. 10:11-14, 18
Gospel Reading – Mk. 13:24-32

We must begin by considering the context of this Sunday’s first reading which is taken from the prophet Daniel. Daniel is a prophet who spoke during the time of the southern kingdom of Judah’s exile in Babylon. The Babylonians had overtaken Jerusalem and destroyed the city, its walls, and most importantly, it’s Temple.

The Kingdom of Judah would...

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November 04, 2009
Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading1 Kgs. 17:10-16

Responsorial PsalmPs. 146:7, 8-9, 9-10

Second ReadingHeb. 9:24-28

Gospel ReadingMk. 12:38-44

In this Sunday’s readings we have two stories of two widows. God has a special concern for widows, as the Responsorial Psalm tells us: “…the widow he sustains” (146:9). Another psalm refers to God as the “protector of widows” (68:5).

The common theme between the Old Testament reading from 1 Kings, and the Gospel reading from Mark, is...

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October 28, 2009
All Saints
By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Rev. 7:2-4, 9-14

Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

Second Reading – 1 Jn. 3:1-3

Gospel Reading – Mt. 5:1-12a

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. The Church, in proclaiming Jesus’ words in the Beatitudes, instructs us on how we can become part of the church triumphant by living a saintly life now.

One point must be made abundantly clear, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “The Beatitudes depict the countenance of Jesus Christ and...

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October 21, 2009
Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

First ReadingJer. 31:7-9

Responsorial PsalmPs. 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

Second ReadingHeb. 5:1-6

Gospel ReadingMk. 10:46-52

In 930 B.C., King Solomon’s reign over the 12 tribes of Israel would end in utter disgrace because his heart was turned to the gods of his 700 foreign wives (cf. 1 Kings 11:1-10). After this, the united twelve tribes would divide – ten tribes to the north (now called the Kingdom of Israel) and two tribes to the south (now called the Kingdom of...

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October 14, 2009
Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

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Responsorial PsalmPs. 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

Second ReadingHeb. 4:14-16

Gospel ReadingMk. 10:35-45


Jesus, in this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark, predicts his suffering for the third and final time. This time, however, he does so in a bit of a different way by using the language of...

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October 07, 2009
Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

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Responsorial PsalmPs. 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17

Second ReadingHeb. 4:12-13

Gospel ReadingMk. 10:17-30


“I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me…I accounted wealth as nothing in comparison with her…all gold is a little sand in her sight” (Wisdom 7:7b, 8b). This was the...

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September 30, 2009
Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

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Responsorial PsalmPs. 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

Second ReadingHeb. 2:9-11

Gospel ReadingMk. 10:2-16


The Catholic Church’s teaching on divorce and remarriage is none other than that of Christ himself. This is precisely what we learn in this Sunday’s Gospel reading.


Jesus, in response to...

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September 23, 2009
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
By Brian Pizzalato

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Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14

Second ReadingJam. 5:1-6

Gospel ReadingMk. 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

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There is an obvious parallel in this Sunday’s Old Testament reading from Numbers and Gospel reading from Mark.  In Numbers, the People of God are making their way from Mount Sinai to...

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