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Mercy stories, old and new

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Msgr. Joseph Prior reflects on this Sunday’s readings for Mass by offering the story of two opponents in World War II who found mercy and forgiveness in their lives. Jesus offers a similar image in the Gospel, and to us today.


Readings of the holy Mass – Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 25th, 2014

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.


The last are first, but all are ‘paid’ equally

Posted on September 19th, 2014

Sunday’s Gospel isn’t about fair labor practices, but about the abundant generosity and mercy of God, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on the readings for the Mass.


Readings of the holy Mass – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 19th, 2014

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.


Why we exalt a sign of torture

Posted on September 12th, 2014

The cross of Christ looks to be a sign of oppression but Christians see it as healing, redemptive and the way of love, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on the Feast of the Exaltation of Christ, this Sunday.


Readings of the holy Mass – Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Posted on September 12th, 2014

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.


Loving correction keeps bonds of love strong

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Sometimes on the pilgrimage we call life, we need correction from our companion the Lord, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior in his commentary for the readings of this Sunday’s Mass.


Readings of the holy Mass – Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with the resources below from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.


We have a choice to make

Posted on August 29th, 2014

Our hearts long for peace, contentment and love, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior on this Sunday’s readings for Mass. But we face many distractions and burdens. Will we choose the way of the world, or God’s will for each of us?


How to live our proclamation of Christ

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains how the Gospel readings for the last few weeks culminate this Sunday as Jesus gives Peter the keys to the Kingdom, and to us a model for following the Lord in his church.


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