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Reflection for Mar 19, 2008 - Wednesday of Holy Week

Tradition"

Today's Mass Readings

In Christian tradition, Judas Iscariot is remembered as the great traitor, the one of whom the Lord said, “woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.” The Gospel story of Judas’ betrayal may seem oddly juxtaposed to the Messianic prophecy in the first reading, but the two readings are in fact quite complimentary.

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Reflection for March 18, 2008 - Tuesday of Holy Week

Jesus the Light of the Nations"

Today's Mass Readings

There are many levels that today's first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah can be read. For one thing, we see the affirmation of life in the womb. God knows us from the womb. At another level, we can understand this passage as relating to the prophet Isaiah himself, as the servant called by God. And yet, the passage itself gives this servant a name: Israel.

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Reflection for Mar 16, 2008 - Palm Sunday

The Journey of Human Redemption"

Palm Sunday Readings

Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Every devout Jew of Jesus’ time knew the meaning of him entering the city “riding on a donkey.” Jesus himself knew what he was doing, and his supporters and enemies knew the claim that Jesus was making. Jesus was announcing in the most obvious way his role in the history of human salvation. Jesus was staking his claim as the messiah and redeemer. However, Palm Sunday begins the journey of Jesus into the deepest recesses of human sin. But because he entered the story of human darkness as the messiah, the same journey became the story of human redemption from darkness and death.

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Reflection for Mar 15, 2008 - Solemnity of Saint Joseph

A Righteous Man Indeed"

Today's Mass Readings

Standing at the threshold of Holy Week, the holiest week of the entire year, we pause in our Lenten preparation to celebrate a solemnity – the highest order of celebration in the Church – in honor of Joseph, husband of Mary. Since there may be no solemnities celebrated during Holy Week, the day in honor of St. Joseph is moved to today (normally celebrated on 19 March).

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Reflection for Mar 14, 2008 - Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent

The Lord Will Rescue the Poor"

Today's Mass Readings

Today's first reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah looks forward to Good Friday, next week, when we liturgically celebrate Jesus' passion and death. In this reading, the prophet Jeremiah laments his difficult plight. He is following the Lord, but his preaching has upset the people, so that even his friends wait for him to fall down to have their vengeance.

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