Amid all the Advent celebrations, it can be easy for us to forget a major theme of the Advent season. Each Sunday during Advent, the first reading is drawn from the Book of Isaiah. And for good reason, since Matthew’s Gospel cites Isaiah perhaps a half-dozen times, and the prophet is referenced indirectly another six […]

Peter and Jesus feature in yet another story for the Gospel reading in this twenty-second Sunday in ordinary time. Jesus orders his spokesman to Get behind me, Satan! At the same time, he asks the disciples to take up the cross. This account represents an unusual turn of events, since Jesus had just extended Peter […]