[They] immediately took counsel . . . to put him to death.

2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME [They] immediately took counsel . . . to put him to death.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus heals a man with a withered hand while his opponents—some Pharisees and Herodians—condemn him for violating the Sabbath. Instead of glorifying God and...

The Spirit . . . rushed upon David.

2ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME The Spirit . . . rushed upon David.  Today’s first reading begins the story of David, the great king who united the twelve tribes of Israel. As we read his story over the next few weeks, we’ll see that David had his work cut out for him. Not...

New wine is poured into fresh wineskins.

SAINT ANTHONY, ABBOT (MEMORIAL) New wine is poured into fresh wineskins. When Jesus talks about new wine and fresh wineskins in today’s Gospel reading, he’s describing the way he will renew our relationship with God through a new covenant. He is telling us that he is...

Your sins are forgiven.

1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Your sins are forgiven.  What a moving scene this must have been! The friends of the paralyzed man are gathered around him. They have known him all his life, and they’ve never dreamed that his condition could change. But now, Jesus says a few...

A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him.

SAINT HILARY, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL) A leper came to him and kneeling down begged him. Under Jewish law, a person with leprosy wasn’t supposed to approach another person without a warning that he was coming. Yet the man in today’s Gospel...

He could not see.

1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME He could not see.  If Samuel’s calling were made into a film, an overhead camera might pan across the land of Israel and zoom in on the shrine at Shiloh, where the priest Eli lay asleep in an exterior room. Meanwhile, a voice-over would say...

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