"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 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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Gospel for Twenty Second Sunday (31 August 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelFrom that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.

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Gospel of Twenty First Sunday (24 September 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelNow when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"

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Gospel of Twentieth Sunday (17 August 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelJesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon." But he did not answer her at all.

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Gospel for Nineteenth Sunday (10 August 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelImmediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. 

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Gospel for Eighteenth Sunday (3 August 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelNow when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.

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Gospel for Seventeenth Sunday (27 July 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

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Gospel for the Sixteenth Sunday (20 July 2014)

Gospel notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelHe put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?'

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Gospel for the Fifteenth Sunday (13 July 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelThat same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow.

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Gospel for Saints Peter and Paul (29 June 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" And they said, "Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

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Gospel for Corpus Christi (22 June 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospel"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh."

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Gospel for Trinity Sunday (15 June 2014)

Notes by Michael Whelan SM

JGospelFor God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. (John 3:16-18 – NRSV)

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Reading for Pentecost (8 June 2014)

JGospelWhen the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

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Gospel for the Ascension of the Lord (1 June 2014)

JGospelNow the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

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Gospel for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (May 25 2014)

JGospel“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 forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

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Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (May 18 2014)

JGospel"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going."Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"

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Fourth Sunday of Easter (May 11 2014)

Notes on the Gospel

JGospel“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

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