Road to Emmaus

September 16, 2009

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Wis. 2:12, 17-20 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 54:3-4, 5, 6-8 Second Reading – Jam. 3:16-4:3 Gospel Reading – Mk. 9:30-37   In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark we have Jesus predicting for a second time his Passion, Death and Resurrection. This second prediction, like the first, is followed by a blunderous reaction by the Apostles.   Jesus speaks of how he will be “delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him” (Mark 9:31). This is what was foretold in the...

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September 09, 2009

Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Is. 50:4c-9a Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 Second Reading – Jam. 2:14-18 Gospel Reading – Mk. 8:27-35   This Sunday’s reading from the Gospel of Mark brings us all the way to Caesarea Philippi about 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus and the disciples are coming from. He brings them here to ask them a very important question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29).   However, before asking the disciples who they think he is, Jesus...

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September 02, 2009

Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Is. 35:4-7a Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 Second Reading – Jam. 2:1-5 Gospel Reading – Mk. 7:31-37   In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from Mark, Jesus journeys to the Decapolis, a district of ten Gentile cities. Right away we know that the mercy of God is being extended not to the Jews alone, but also to the Gentiles.   In Mark 5 we also heard about the Decapolis when Jesus met a man possessed by Legion.  Jesus cast out the demons from this man and then...

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August 26, 2009

Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Dt. 4:1-2, 6-8 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 15:2-3, 3-4, 4-5 Second Reading – Jam. 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Gospel Reading – Mk. 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This Sunday, after having heard from John 6 for the last five weeks, we now return to the Gospel of Mark. In the reading from Mark for the twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary time, coupled with the Old Testament reading from the book of Deuteronomy, we learn that sometimes we just don’t learn. What we hear from the book of Deuteronomy...

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August 19, 2009

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Josh. 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21 Second Reading – Eph. 5:21-32 Gospel Reading – Jn. 6:60-69   In this Sunday’s Gospel reading from St. John, the tension of chapter six, and the Bread of Life Discourse is raised to its climax. Through John 6, Jesus has been more and more explicit in terms of what it means when he says that he is the “Bread of Life,” and the consequences of that truth for humanity.   By this point in the...

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August 12, 2009

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Prov. 9:1-6 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 Second Reading – Eph. 5:15-20 Gospel Reading – Jn. 6:51-58   In last Sunday’s Gospel reading from the extremely important sixth chapter of John, Jesus said, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” (John 6:51). Jesus makes a clear connection with regard to his being the bread of life,...

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August 05, 2009

Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – 1 Kgs. 19:4-8 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 Second Reading – Eph. 4:30-5:2 Gospel Reading – Jn. 6:41-51   In John 6:1-15 Jesus miraculously fed the five thousand by multiplying a mere five loaves and two fish. The very next day the people that Jesus fed come to seek him out. Jesus, however, realizes their true intentions. They just want to be fed with simple bread once again. They are laboring for the food which perishes. Jesus then tells them that they...

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July 29, 2009

Eighteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Ex. 16:2-4, 12-15 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54 Second Reading – Eph. 4:17, 20-24 Gospel Reading – Jn. 6:24-35   Last Sunday we were introduced to the opening section of John 6, when Jesus performs a miracle in order to feed five thousand men. This Sunday’s Gospel continues the narrative of John 6. The people who experienced this miracle want to see more of Jesus, who has gone to the other side of the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum.   Jesus deals with...

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July 22, 2009

Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – 2 Kgs. 4:42-44 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18 Second Reading – Eph. 4:1-6 Gospel Reading – Jn. 6:1-15   Introductory comments   For the next five Sundays of Ordinary Time (Seventeenth – Twenty-First) the Gospel readings will not be taken from the Gospel of Mark, but from the very important sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. This Sunday the Gospel reading is taken from John 6:1-15.   One important point that must be mentioned before commenting...

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July 15, 2009

Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

By Brian Pizzalato

First Reading – Jer. 23:1-6 Responsorial Psalm – Ps. 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 Second Reading – Eph. 2:13-18 Gospel Reading – Mk. 6:30-34   In this Sunday’s Gospel, Mark tells us how Jesus has compassion on a great crowd, and how the people were “like sheep without a shepherd,” and Jesus goes on to teach them, and then feed the five thousand.   (From this point forward my commentary is take from previous comments from the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Cycle B)   In John’s Gospel we encounter...

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