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Commentary to the 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

Commentary to the 3rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The story of the call of James and John seems to be a repetition of the previous one. Why  does Mark tell it to us? Because it is an important message for us. Jesus meets with all kinds  of people and therefore, with us too, in the condition in which we find ourselves, with the  profession we are carrying out and it is not that it makes us change our profession, he makes  us live our life in a radically different way.

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today's gospel passage begins with a time indication "The next day." Spontaneously we  wonder what happened the day before. The Baptist was still on stage and it seems that he  was alone, there doesn't seem to have anyone at his side. "Seeing Jesus pass by, he says:  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He was not addressing anyone  in particular because it seems that only he and Jesus were present.

Commentary to the BAPTISM OF THE LORD - YEAR B

Commentary to the BAPTISM OF THE LORD - YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

This Sunday's Gospel text presents Jesus who, having left Nazareth, goes to the Jordan  River to be baptized by John. It is the beginning of his public life; later he will settle down in  Capernaum, he will call the first disciples and will start the journey that will lead him to his  final destination: the gift of life.

Solemnity of the EPIPHANY OF THE LORD – Year B

Solemnity of the EPIPHANY OF THE LORD – Year B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

"When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi  from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw  his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was  greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Commentary to the NEW YEAR BLESSING

Commentary to the NEW YEAR BLESSING

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“The LORD bless you and  keep you!” These are the first words we hear on this first day of the year and I think there is  no better greeting. I would love that my brothers and sisters of the faith give this greeting  back to me on this day: "May the Lord bless you" - beautiful.

Commentary to the FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY – Year B

Commentary to the FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY – Year B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The first message we take for our families: the reference point of this couple who begins  their life together is the Torah, the Word of God. When they have to make decisions or make a choice, they are inspired by the Word of God. They are at the beginning of their life as a  couple and they show that they are in tune with the choices they have to make.

Commentary to the CHRISTMAS – DAY MASS

Commentary to the CHRISTMAS – DAY MASS

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.  What message does he have to bring us this Christmas? He comes to tell us that our weak,  fragile, destined to death existence is involved in an indissoluble love relationship with the  immortal God. Indissoluble, because no infidelity, no betrayal of ours can damage this love. This is the great news of Christmas. And, in the prologue of his Gospel, John tells us the story of this incredible love between God and humanity. 

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Advent - Year B

Commentary to the 4th Sunday of Advent - Year B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The angel tells her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” In other  words, ‘you have entered into the design of his benevolence. God comes to bring you joy and  life; you are going to conceive a child; you will name him Jesus.' This name is important. God  had a name that could not be named, but now God tells us what He wants to be called.

Commentary to the THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR “B”

Commentary to the THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR “B”

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The third Sunday of Advent is ‘Gaudete’ Sunday—“Rejoice!” Sunday. How extraordinary that there are twenty-seven words used in the Bible to express joy! On the other hand of course, there are words of sadness, pain, and grief in the Bible, but they are balanced with the “shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the feasting throng” (Ps42:5), or hymns of thanksgiving “My heart will rejoice on seeing your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.” (Ps 13:6)

Commentary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Commentary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

 Happy feast day to all. On December 8, 1854 in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the  Immaculate Conception with these words: "The Blessed Virgin Mary was preserved from all  stain of original sin by special grace and privilege of Almighty God in anticipation of the merits  of our Savior Jesus Christ." 

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR B

Commentary to the 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR B

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today we will hear the first page of the Gospel according to  Mark. It was written in a dramatic moment for the Christian community of Rome; the  persecution of Nero had just ended and the historian Tacitus told us, on a dramatic page, that  among the victims of this persecution Peter and Paul have also been martyred.

Commentaries to the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR “B”

Commentaries to the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – YEAR “B”

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“Watch!” This is the key word with which the Church raises the curtain for new liturgical year on this first Sunday of Advent. The theme of Advent is waiting. We are reminded that we are also waiting in hope and expectation for Christ who is to come. The early Christians implored: “Maranatha: Come, O Lord!” (1 Cor 16:22). “Come, Lord Jesus” is the invocation which concludes the book of Revelation (Rev 22:20). To internalize the message, we repeat: “Come, Lord Jesus! Come and, with us, renew the world.”

Commentary to the 34th Sunday - Solemnity of Christ the King

Commentary to the 34th Sunday - Solemnity of Christ the King

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

This Gospel passage is generally regarded as a parable, but this is not accurate. It belongs to the genre called judgment scene, found both in the Bible (cf. Dan 7) and in rabbinic literature. The aim of this literary genre is not to inform about what will happen at the end of the world, but to teach how to behave today.

Commentary to the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Commentary to the 33th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

One might wonder about the justice of unequal distribution of the talent among the servants.  However, it is not what one receives that counts, but what one does with what he/she has received.  The Master’s delight and offer of reward are the same towards his servants who doubled their talents.  God looks not at the quantity of our offerings, but at their quality as well as the attitude with which we offer.

Commentary to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Commentary to the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the early Christian communities, there was a widespread belief that Jesus would return very soon to catch up with his disciples and introduce them in the Father’s kingdom. Paul also shared this idea. From where did it come from? How did it begin? It is spontaneous and natural to imagine that one’s generation would be the last and the world ends with us.

Faithful Departed - Year A

Faithful Departed - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the universe we know, the world to which we long for does not exist. To satisfy the need for the infinite that God has put in our heart, it is necessary to leave this land and embark on a new exodus. We are asked for a new exit, the last—death—and this frightens us.

The feast of all saints - Year A

The feast of all saints - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Among the people who appeared in this world, only Christ has possessed the fullness of this force of goodness and only he can be declared saint, as we sing in the Gloria: “You alone are holy.” But we, too, can rise up to him and become partakers of his holiness. 

Commentary on the Readings: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Commentary on the Readings: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Today there are believers, people in the Church, who fulfill all religious practices, but at the same time worship their bank account, social position, honorary titles, career, power and their ambitions. They have indeed a “divided heart”; they do not love with all their heart, as Jesus claims.

Commentary on the Readings: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Commentary on the Readings: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

A human being does not live alone. One is part of a civilized society and should establish collaborative relationships with others. From the need to organize for the sake of coexistence, comes the need to determine the rights and duties to give to institutions, and to set ways and forms to contribute to the common good.

Commentary on the Readings: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

Commentary on the Readings: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The invitation to the banquet of the Kingdom is freely offered to all. Everyone is invited. However, not everyone accepts it. And those who accept must play by the rules of the Kingdom. That is why the one without the wedding garment is thrown out. Sometimes we have an erroneous understanding of God’s mercy – that he forgives everything and therefore, everything goes. It doesn’t.