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“The True Temple” (John 2:13-25)

by Jacob Gerber If we imagined that Jesus would gently ramp into his public ministry with something non-confrontational to please the crowds and (hopefully) to start to win the favor of the authorities, we will be disappointed by the course of action Jesus takes. With the zeal of a Son

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A Final ‘Eureka!’ – Mark 9:2-9

by  Jo Anne Taylor It was no big deal for the guys to go on a hike. Mountain climbing was something they did together quite often. Sometimes their Teacher would take the whole class, sometimes just a few would go. They wouldn’t be gone long – an afternoon, maybe they’d

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus Compassionately Curses the Leper ( Mark 1:40-45) The healing is effortless. The healing is perfect. It is instantly effective. And his desire to touch this defiled outcast shows, again, his yearning for a close relationship with sinners. At the end of this sermon, I’m going to seek to show

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Biblical Commentary on Mark 1:29-39

by Richard Niell Donovan EXEGESIS: MARK 1:29-39. THE CONTEXT It is only the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, but already Jesus is performing miracles—and dealing with crowds who are clamoring for more miracles—and dealing with disciples who do not understand his ministry. Already he is withdrawing to a

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A LESSON ABOUT AUTHORITY (MARK 1:21-28)

The teachers of the law didn’t speak with their own authority. They necessarily prefaced their comments with something like “There is a saying that…” or “Rabbi Such-and-Such said…” Even the prophets rightly attributed their pronouncements to “Thus says the Lord…” But Jesus said simply, “I say to you…” Here was

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The Calling of Simon and Andrew

By John Petty Mark 1:14-20: “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,  15 and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon

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Wanting the Right Thing (John 1:35-42)

by Fr. John Bartunek, LC “If, then, you seek to know what path to follow, take Christ because he is the way.” – St. Thomas Aquinas John 1:35-42: On the following day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there

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A Thrill of Hope (Luke 1:26-38)

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said,

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Advent Joy

By Marcea Paul [RCL] Zephaniah 3:14-20; Canticle 9; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 The Third Sunday of Advent is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday. “Gaudete,”when translated from Latin, means “rejoice”. We know that Advent is a season of waiting and today we are called to be joyful as we await the coming

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A Crisis of Identity (John 1:6-8, 19-28)

From: St. Peter’s Church John 1:6-8, 19-28 Who are you? In a culture obsessed with self-actualisation, we feel the constant pressure to ask ourselves who we are and how we define ourselves. We’re pressured to identify ourselves by our jobs, financial status, successes, family, sexual orientation, gender, appearance, what other

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Third Sunday of Lent

Each Lent, Christians raise the two short and direct questions to Jesus. They are the questions of John the Baptist: “Are you the one? Or should we expect another?” Jesus’ first way to answer that is to show us in an earthly way: he heals the blind, he defeats Evil

Second Sunday of Lent

People utilize Lent for all sorts of mixed motives. Lent may be the season to jump start New Year’s Resolutions. It may be that time of year to reignite prayer, to revitalize relationships, to lose weight, to avoid chocolate, give up whiskey, end the salty language, and get away from

Third Sunday of Lent

Each Lent, Christians raise the two short and direct questions to Jesus. They are the questions of John the Baptist: “Are you the one? Or should we expect another?” Jesus’ first way to answer that is to show us in an earthly way: he heals the blind, he defeats Evil

Second Sunday of Lent

People utilize Lent for all sorts of mixed motives. Lent may be the season to jump start New Year’s Resolutions. It may be that time of year to reignite prayer, to revitalize relationships, to lose weight, to avoid chocolate, give up whiskey, end the salty language, and get away from

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