Author: Jason King

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Greater and Deeper Reality is God’s Love

Reading 1:Amos 7: 12-15 Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 85 Reading 2: Ephesians 1:3-14 Gospel: Mark 6: 7-13 Every morning, I wake up, pour myself some coffee, and read the news. Lately, this has proven to be a descent into despair.  The international community, the economy, our public discourse, everything seems to be breaking down.  It’s even bad locally.  This morning I read about how a man attempted to burn a gay pride flag.  What was shocking about it was that it did not seem to be any planned endeavor but rather just casual violence, something to do when one is bored...

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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: God’s Way

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1:Genesis 3:9-15 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 130:1-8 Reading 2: 2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1 Gospel: Mark 3:20-35 In the first reading, God asks a peculiar question, “Where are you?”  Not only is God omniscient, but he is looking for the only two people that exist in one tiny garden.  Even though they were hiding, my guess is God could still have found them.  After Adam unintentionally admits that they have eaten of the tree of good and evil, God then asks why they would do such a thing. This questioning and perplexed God is not seeking...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter: Levels of Bearing Fruit

Reading 1: Acts 9:26-31 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 Reading 2: 1 John 3:18-24 Gospel: John 15:1-8 This Sunday’s gospel reading focuses on bearing fruit.  God “takes away every branch . . . . that does not bear fruit.” People must remain in Christ because they “cannot bear fruit” on their own.  “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.”  Those who don’t bear fruit “will be thrown out like a branch and wither” and disciples will be known because they “bear much fruit.” On a rudimentary level, these statements can be taken in...

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