Opening the Word
Baptism of the Lord (Year A)
Episode 9 • 4m 47s
On this first Sunday of Ordinary Time, we recall the Baptism of the Lord. But, in addition to remembering this historical event, we also are asked to call to mind our own baptism. Why? Because our baptism isn't just an event from the past, but a present reality that impacts every aspect of our lives.
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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
When we say the words of the Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God, during Mass, we are directly quoting John the Baptist.
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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
In today's Gospel, we see Jesus's reaction to the news that his cousin John has been arrested: he goes into seclusion back at home in Galilee, maybe for one last visit home with Mary, and then begins gathering the band of followers who will become his apostles.
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
As we enter the fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we encounter the beautiful but challenging teachings of the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes present us with a paradox. Jesus says that the people who are suffering by the world's standards are actually blessed. In fact, the word blessed in Greek means so...