June 22, 2024

Mark 4:35-41 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 23, 2024 “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Job 38:1, 8-11 2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mark 4:35-41 A. Text/Context • So Jesus and his disciples crossed the other side of the lake and there halfway in the journey they were battered by a violent storm • The waves were breaking over the boat and a lot of water is already inside • So with all the pandemonium going on Jesus was sleeping on a cushion all too relax not even thinking that in a few minutes the whole boat could go down into the bottom of the sea • Jesus did not seem to […]
June 15, 2024

Mark 4:26-34 11th Sunday Ordinary Time June 16, 2024 “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”

11th Sunday Ordinary Time Ezekiel 17:22-24 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 Mark 4:26-34 A. Text/Context • Jesus has to tell stories in parables so it stir the minds of the faithful to reflect a little more about what he teaches • Reflection and meditation help us obtain the light of understanding what God wants us to do • In the gospel, Jesus describes how the seed is scattered on the soil and the farmer would sleep and rise and sleep and rise again to find out that the seed has grown • When the seeds of the KOG is just freely scattered […]
June 8, 2024

Mark 3:20-35 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 9, 2024 … And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; … For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Genesis 3:9-15 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35 A. Text/Context • The 1st part of the gospel deals with the confrontation of Jesus on the accusation concerning his power to exorcise demons • It is a spectacle if Jesus would expel demons in front of the public. Jesus would not want to have a show on this but people followed him everywhere and so it opens the minds of critics who also follow him • There are also scribes from Jerusalem following who witnessed the exorcisms done so if you do not have the benefit of […]
June 1, 2024

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Solemnity of the Corpus Christi June 2, 2024 He sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city and a man will meet you, carrying a jar of water. Follow him. Wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” ’ Then he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there.” The disciples then went off , entered the city, and found it just as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover.

Solemnity of the Corpus Christi Exodus 24:3-8 Hebrews 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 A. Text/Context • Today, we are celebrating the Feast of the Corpus Christi. The words are in Latin and it means the Body of Christ • Much of the credit why the Corpus Christi becomes a feast in the Church is through St. Juliana of Liege in Belgium • The Church realized that there is not a single feast in the Church where the body of Christ is commemorated as Christ’s gift of the Eucharist • From the year 1258 onwards, the feast is celebrated in the Church […]
May 25, 2024

Matthew 28:16-20 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity May 26, 2024 “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matthew 28:16-20 A. Text/Context • One of the great mysteries that we have in the Christian faith is the mystery of the Holy Trinity or we call it in Spanish as the Santisima Trinidad • The very simple explanation of the holy trinity is this: the father is present in the son and the holy spirit, the son is present in the father and the holy spirit, and the holy spirit is present in the father and the son • 3 divine persons considered as one and not really […]
May 18, 2024

John 20:19-23 Solemnity of the Pentecost May 19, 2024 “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”

Solemnity of the Pentecost Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 A. Text/Context • Today, we are celebrating the Feast of the Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit came down upon the apostles • In the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Spirit is represented by the sign of the dove because of its calmness, peacefulness, and gentleness • Remember the event when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, a dove came down upon him • In the 1st reading in the Acts of the Apostles about the year 30 to 31 A.D., during the Feast of the Pentecost, the […]
May 11, 2024

Mark 16: 15-20 Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension May 12, 2024 These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 4:1-13 Mark 16: 15-20 A. Text/Context • Here in the gospel of Mark the details of the Ascension of our Lord is described with just a few words: after he spoke to them he was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God • It is not very much elaborated in the gospel today • But what is not mentioned in the gospel is very clear in the 1st reading in the Acts of the apostles • It was a spectacle to behold that in a […]
May 4, 2024

John 15:9-17 6th Sunday of Easter May 5, 2024 This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 A. Text/Context • The gospel today is a part of the farewell discourse of Jesus to his disciples • Jesus will soon leave them that is why next Sunday we will be celebrating the ascension of our Lord • So Jesus has to give very important reminders to the disciples who will soon be left behind • And it is not just any reminder it is a commandment and what did he say in the gospel today? • Jesus said to his disciples: Love one another • […]
April 27, 2024

John 15:1-8 5th Sunday of Easter April 28, 2024 I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.

5th Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 A. Text/Context • Today, we hear 3 metaphors: Jesus alluding himself as the vine, the father in heaven as the vine grower, and those who believe in him as the branches referring to his disciples • And the 4th metaphor is the vineyard. And apparently this is a description of the composition of what comprises the KOG which is the whole vineyard itself • The vineyard is the vast plantation where the vines grow their many branches and so carefully watered and nurtured by the vine grower • Jesus […]