Road to Emmaus

December 02, 2009

Second Sunday of Advent

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Bar. 5:1-9Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6Second Reading – Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11Gospel Reading – Lk. 3:1-6In 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 Reading – Dan. 7:13-14 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 93:1, 1-2, 5 Second Reading – Rev. 1:5-8 Gospel Reading – Jn. 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. 12:1-3Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11Second Reading – Heb. 10:11-14, 18Gospel Reading – Mk. 13:24-32We 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 Reading – 1 Kgs. 17:10-16 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 Second Reading – Heb. 9:24-28 Gospel Reading – Mk. 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, 9-14Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6Second Reading – 1 Jn. 3:1-3Gospel Reading – Mt. 5:1-12aThis 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 Reading – Jer. 31:7-9 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 Second Reading – Heb. 5:1-6 Gospel Reading – Mk. 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

First Reading – Is. 53:10-11 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 Second Reading – Heb. 4:14-16 Gospel Reading – Mk. 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 “cup” and “baptism” to reference his forthcoming sufferings.   After James and John ask Jesus to be seated at his right and left hand when he...

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October 07, 2009

Twenty-Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Wis. 7:7-11 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 Second Reading – Heb. 4:12-13 Gospel Reading – Mk. 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 prayer of King Solomon for the glorious gift of wisdom, which is part of the Old Testament reading for this Sunday, and it relates directly to the Gospel...

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September 30, 2009

Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Gen. 2:18-24 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 Second Reading – Heb. 2:9-11 Gospel Reading – Mk. 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 the question of the Pharisees about divorce, refers to “the beginning,” that is, what we also hear in this Sunday’s Old Testament reading from...

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September 23, 2009

Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Num. 11:25-29 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 19:8, 10, 12-13, 14 Second Reading – Jam. 5:1-6 Gospel Reading – Mk. 9:38-43, 45, 47-48   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 the Promised Land. The people are whining and complaining the whole time. Moses, fed up with the whole situation, says to the Lord, “I am not able to...

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