To Hear the Word of God: Homilies at Mass

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ASCENCION TIME

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

ACTS 1, 1-11; MK. 16, 14-20.

THEN he said to them, "Go into the whole world, and proclaim the good news to the whole of creation . . . Then, after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven, and took h is seat at God's right hand. But they went forth and preached everywhere."

The Greek word commonly translated "gospel" means "good news." Is the gospel of Jesus Christ really that? It is nearly twenty years ago now that two French priests wrote a book called The Parish a Missionary Community. In it they said that you had to be an incurable optimist to hear "good news" in our parishes at the Sunday Masses. It is more realistic to call it stale news, they said, dated, "old stuff." You get the idea that every- thing about it is stereotyped, dull, has been trotted out hundreds and hundreds of times; has been endlessly repeated, endlessly listened to, endlessly ignored.

What record did they play in your parish? In Red Bank we always prayed for the sick, "at home or in the various hospitals," and our C.D.A. was named court Isabella, No. 999. I was never attracted to it, somehow.

There is something that ten thousand Catholic churches have in common, and that is that they all smell alike inside. They may

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Temporal Cycle 17
  • Christmas Time 34
  • Time of Epiphany 44
  • Time After Epiphany to Septuagesima 50
  • Time of Septuagesima 61
  • Season of Lent 74
  • Paschal Time - (instruction Preceding Solemn Mass of the Paschal Vigil) 103
  • Ascencion Time 118
  • Season After Pentecost 129
  • Sanctoral Cycle 163
  • Index 298
  • Index of Scripture Citations 301
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