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Jesus Walks on the Water

Posted by Thaddaeus Matthew 14:22-33   After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.  After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.  When it was evening he was there alone.  Meanwhile the […]

The Pearls of Great Price

Posted by Thaddaeus Matthew 13: 44-46   Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant […]

Parable of the Darnel

Posted by Thaddaeus Matthew 13: 24-30   Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.  While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.  When the crop grew and […]

The Parable of the Sower

Posted by Thaddaeus Matthew 13: 1-9   On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.  Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.  And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: […]

Farewell Discourses – Part II

Posted by Thaddaeus. John 14: 15-21   Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him.  But […]

Farewell Discourses

Posted by Thaddaeus. John 14: 1-12   Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place […]

Good Shepherd Sunday

Posted by Thaddaeus John 10: 1-10 Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.  But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear […]

The Road to Emmaus

Posted by Thaddaeus Luke 24: 13-35 That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.  And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near […]

Appearance to the Disciples

Posted by Thaddaeus John 20: 19-31 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When he had said this, he showed them his hands […]

The Resurrection

Posted by Thaddaeus John 20: 1-10 On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, […]

Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread

Posted by Thaddaeus   The Sixth Sunday of Lent 2017 Matthew 26: 14-27 On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?”  He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher […]

The Temptations of Jesus

Posted by Thaddaeus on March 2, 2017 Readings for the First Sunday of Lent Matthew 4: 1-11 At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, […]

Messengers from John the Baptist

Posted by Thaddaeus on December 9, 2016 Matthew 11: 2-11 When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”  Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you […]

The Preaching of John the Baptist

Posted by Thaddaeus on December 1, 2016 Matthew 3: 1-12 John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”  It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the […]

Be on the Alert

Posted by Thaddaeus on November 24, 2016 Matthew 24: 37-44 Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.  In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that […]

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Posted by Thaddaeus on November 17, 2016 Luke 23: 35 43 The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.”  Even the soldiers jeered at him.  As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of […]

The Destruction of the Temple Foretold

Posted by Thaddaeus on November 10, 2016 Luke 21: 5-19 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”  Then […]

The Question About the Resurrection

Posted by Thaddaeus on November 3, 2016 Luke 20: 27-34 Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his […]

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector

Posted by Thaddaeus on October 27, 2016 Readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Luke 19: 1-10 At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town.  Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; […]

The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Posted by Thaddaeus on October 20, 2016 Luke 18: 9-14 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.  “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.  The Pharisee took up his position and spoke […]