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In the Passion story, why was the veil ‘torn in two’?

Posted on April 11th, 2014

The tearing of the temple’s veil at the moment of Jesus’ death, which we read in Sunday’s Gospel for Palm Sunday, marks the completion of the outpouring of God’s mercy, not just on Israel but on all people, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.


Readings of the holy Mass – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Posted on April 11th, 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.


Gospel story of Lazarus points to life – now and forever – through Christ

Posted on April 4th, 2014

Msgr. Joseph Prior, reflecting on this Sunday’s Gospel, points out that when Lazarus rises, he is bound by cloths; he will die again. When Jesus rises, he leaves the ties of death behind. Death has no power over him.


Readings of the holy Mass – Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted on April 4th, 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.


Lent is a time to see our own blindness to God’s presence

Posted on March 28th, 2014

Msgr. Joseph Prior reflects on the readings for this Sunday’s Mass and their theme of spiritual sight and blindness. As Jesus heals a blind man, so he helps us to see better with the eyes of faith.


Readings of the holy Mass – Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 28th, 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.


God gives the water we need for eternal life

Posted on March 21st, 2014

The Gospel account of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well draws a parallel to the ancient Israelites’ need for water in the desert, Msgr. Joseph Prior writes in his reflection on the readings for Sunday’s Mass. In both cases, water leads to life and a covenant with God.


Readings of the holy Mass – Third Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 21st, 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.


Jesus tells us, ‘Rise, do not be afraid’

Posted on March 14th, 2014

Msgr. Joseph Prior explains how in Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountain – the place of encounter with God – he instructs his disciples then and now on how to grow closer to him.


Readings of the holy Mass – Second Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 14th, 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.


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