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Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the adopted father of Jesus.  As His earthly father, Joseph likely influenced Jesus Christ in many ways. (more…)

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In the Gospel from the Mass for the 5th Sunday in Lent (John 8:1-11), Jesus demonstrates His Divine Genius (more…)

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When thinking of  the Gospel from the Mass for the 5th Sunday in Lent (John 8:1-11), our first response is often to marvel at the mercy that Jesus offers the woman caught in adultery.

Monsignor Charles Pope offers his typically insightful analysis that highlight’s Jesus’ mercy for His accusers.

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In the Gospel from the Mass for the 5th Sunday in Lent (John 8:1-11), Jesus offers the Pharisees a mulligan.  And boy, do they need it (more…)

Passion of the ChristIn today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 7:40-53), the Temple Guards say something remarkable about Jesus. (more…)

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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 7:40-53), the crowds are buzzing for Jesus has said something absolutely stunning. (more…)

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The Gospel from today’s Mass (John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30) recalls the courage of Christ in the face of the muderous intent of the Jewish leadership (more…)

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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 5:31-47), Jesus offers a blunt assessment of the Jews who would not, or could not, realize that God was in their very midst.   (more…)

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In today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 5:17-30), Jesus makes it absolutely clear that He is the Divine Judge who will judge every person based on the merits of their lives. (more…)

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Today’s Gospel from the Mass (John 5:1-16) recounts the miraculous healing by Jesus of a man who had been an invalid for 38 years.  In John 9:1-41, another miraculous healing of a man born blind is recounted.   Read separately they are, like all parts of the Gospel, full of meaning and blessing; read together, they offer special insights into how important it is to respond in faith to Christ working in our lives. (more…)