"Life is not so much beginnings and endings as it is middles, middles that don't measure up -- and our happiness depends on how we come to terms with the pale reflections of our dreams. (Paul D. Zimmerman, "Middles and Muddles," review of film "Sunday Bloody Sunday," Newsweek, September 27, 1971, 106)

Gospel Notes

Gospel for Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (1 February 2015)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJesus and his companions went to the town of Capernaum. When the Sabbath day came, he went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike the teachers of religious law.

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Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (25 January 2015)

JGospelNow after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

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Gospel for Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (18 January 2015)

Notes on the Gospel by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThe next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, "Look, here is the Lamb of God!" The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.

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Gospel Notes for the Baptism of the Lord (11/01/2015)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJohn the Baptist proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

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Gospel for Fourth Sunday of Advent (21 December 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelIn the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her
and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

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Gospel for Third Sunday in Advent (14 December 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThere was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. .....

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Gospel for Second Sunday of Advent ( 7 December 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThe beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'"

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Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent (30 November 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelBeware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch.

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Gospel for Feast of Christ the King (23 November 2014)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.

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Gospel for Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (9 November 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThe Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

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All Souls Day (2 November 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelAt that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

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Gospel for Fourteenth Sunday (6 July 2014)

Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan

JGospelAt that time Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

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Gospel for the Thirtieth Sunday (26 October 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelWhen the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.

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Gospel for Twenty Ninth Sunday (19 October 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan

JGospelThen the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.

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Gospel for Twenty Eighth Sunday (12 October 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelOnce more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come.

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Gospel for Twenty Seventh Sunday (5 October 2014)

JGospel"Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the arvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce.

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Gospel for Twenty Sixth Sunday (28 September 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel'What d'you think?' he went on. 'Once upon a time there was a man who had two sons. 'He went to the first one and said, "Now then, my boy, off you go and do a day's work in the vineyard." "Don't want to," replied the son; but afterwards he thought better of it and went.

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Gospel for the Twenty Fifth Sunday (21 Sept 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelFor the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.

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Gospel for Exaltation of the Cross (September 14 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

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Gospel for Twenty Third Sunday (September 7 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one.But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

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