Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Most of us who are fans of the Star Wars movie series remember the 1999 release of the so-called Episode 1, which was, in fact, the fourth Star Wars movie. The idea was to go back in time to events preceding the previous three movies. In Daniel Chapter 7, we have a director’s cut of…

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The Prestigious House of Hillel

Gratia Vobis Ministries, Inc.

The Story of a Family: At the time of Christ, two prominent Rabbinic schools guided the people in understanding the Torah. The two founders of these schools, Hillel and Shammai, were the most influential rabbis of the day. These two academies vigorously debated ritual practices, ethics, and theology. Indeed, Jesus would at times cite and…

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The Cure of the Crippled Man at the Pool of Bethesda

Allegorical Background: The pool of Bethesda, known for its five porticoes, was special in a unique way.Periodically, an angel stirred its waters, and it was known that the first person to enterthe waters would be healed of his affliction. As such, many crippled and infirm peoplesurrounded the pool awaiting the stirring in the hope that…

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James and his Letter of Contradictions

Who Was the Author of the Letter of James? Lokobos Mikros, more commonly known as James the Less, or James the Younger – an apostle and first bishop of Jerusalem wrote the Letter of James. He was also one of the brothers of the Lord, a fact that can be discerned by a careful reading…

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The Healing of the Paralytic

The Setting for the Miracle: The healing of the paralyzed man by Jesus in Capernaum is covered in all three synoptic Gospels. It appears Our Lord had not returned in a public manner but had done so in a private way. Eventually, it became known that He was back in Peter’s house, and a large…

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The Continuing Influence of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe By Jerry DeMelo Jr

Our Lady of Guadalupe is not just a symbol of faith or an accident of history. She has promoted unity without sacrificing cultural identity and her influence still transcends religious boundaries, extending into the realms of social justice thus leaving an indelible mark on the Americas. The Cultural Unifier The story of her apparition to…

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins – a Jewish Insight

The Yom Kippur overlay: The parable of the Ten Virgins is centered around 10 Virgins awaiting a long-delayed Bridegroom who would arrive and open the doors to a Wedding Feast. It was important to be prepared for His arrival, for once he entered the doors would be locked. To fully understand the parable, we must…

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Persistence – Lack of Faith or Hope in Action

Knocking on a Friend’s Door: “Here you go, since you persisted in waking up all of my children to give you bread. Now go home and quit bothering us.” -A paraphrase. Today’s Gospel begins with the parable of a man who at midnight goes to a friend seeking bread loaves to feed a traveler who…

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Christ: Truth and Lord

Preamble – Dear Friends – I prepared a Reflection that I did not really like, so I contacted Richard Jones, former Anglican priest – now fervent Catholic- for his insight. He proposed the following which I Iiked so much that I forwarded it unedited, as he submitted. Here it is: Introduction Although we live in…

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Love the Lord Your God

The Shema Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. Hear O Israel, The LORD is our God, the Lord is One. So begins the prayer that every Jew prays before going to sleep at the end of the day. Believe in One God The Shema holds a central place in both Jewish and Christian Scriptures, declaring…

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