Articles by Michael Marchal

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Third Sunday of Easter through Ascension Sunday

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. Third Sunday of Easter Background: Each year this Sunday has as its Gospel selection a description of a meal that the risen Jesus shares with his disciples, reminding us that the repeatable sacrament of initiation is the Eucharist. In this year’s passage Jesus […]

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Third Sunday of Easter through Ascension Sunday

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday of Lent through the Second Sunday of Easter

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. Fifth Sunday of Lent Background: For the second Sunday in a row, we are presented with a story about a sinner and the self-righteous—who are also sinners but don’t want to admit it. Yet, as Paul says today, all this judgment of

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday of Lent through the Second Sunday of Easter

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The First through Fourth Sundays in Lent

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. First Sunday of Lent Background: To understand this Sunday’s gospel, we need to realize that we are jumping back over the unfolding of Jesus’s ministry in Galilee that we have been reading in the early Sundays of Ordinary Time and returning to his

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The First through Fourth Sundays in Lent

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time to the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Jesus continues his ministry of proclaiming the kingdom/reign of God in Galilee. Today Luke insists that it is the liberating Word of God that draws people to Jesus, not the miracles that he works to support

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time to the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – Epiphany to the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. Epiphany Background: Matthew’s predominantly Jewish audience would have been a bit startled by the three Gentile “wise men” who come to adore the newborn King of the Jews. Yet Second Temple Judaism through the writings of the prophets had inherited a universalist component—as

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – Epiphany to the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 2nd Sunday of Advent to the Feast of the Holy Family

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. 2nd Sunday in Advent Background: We are a work in progress. Even including our catechumens, God’s good work has already been begun in us and is moving on to completion. Yet once again we have to do our part; we must face

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year C – The 2nd Sunday of Advent to the Feast of the Holy Family

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time to Year C – The 1st Sunday of Advent

You can reflect questions for every Sunday of the year by clicking here. 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Having arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus once again finds himself arguing with the scribes, the teachers, and interpreters of the Torah. Like all the other Hebrew prophets who have preceded him, he calls to account those whose actions

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time to Year C – The 1st Sunday of Advent

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 27th to 31st Sundays in Ordinary Time

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Although a less prominent theme than in Luke, Jesus’s final journey to Jerusalem serves in Mark as the framework for his final teachings about what life in the kingdom/reign of God is like. If we are to “follow” him on the way to cross and resurrection, what road must

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 27th to 31st Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 22nd to 26th Sundays in Ordinary Time

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: Back to Mark after several weeks of John’s “bread of life discourse,” which explored the relationship between Jesus and the individual believer. Up until this interruption we had been seeing Jesus and his disciples proclaiming in Galilee the arrival of God’s promised kingdom/reign. Galilee was predominantly Jewish but surrounded

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 22nd to 26th Sundays in Ordinary Time

Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 18th to 21st Sundays in Ordinary Time

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Background: This Sunday’s selection does not follow directly upon last Sunday’s since the crossing of the lake by Jesus has been omitted; that is why the crowd has to get into boats to see if he is on the other side. He had had to escape from them because they

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Reflection Questions for RCIA Seekers: Year B – The 18th to 21st Sundays in Ordinary Time

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