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The Book of Genesis proclaims the equality of the sexes

A painting of Adam and Eve by Peter Wenzel in the Pinacoteca at the Vatican Museums (CNS)

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16

What truly matters is the love that is found in even the smallest of gestures

Twenty-sixth Sunday of the Year: Nb 11:25-29; Ps 19; Jm 5:1-6; Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

A life of virtue cannot be simply ignored. It must be either embraced or violently rejected

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year: Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54; Jas 3:16-4:1-3; Mk 9:30-37

Even as we commit ourselves to God we often seek to avoid any kind of sacrifice

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 50:5-9; Ps 116; Jm 2:14-18; Mk 8:27-35

Without the Spirit within us we are like the man born deaf and dumb

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time: Is 35:4-7; Ps 146; Js 2:1-5; Mk 7:31-37

It is in prayer that we must discern pure, unspoilt religion

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; Jas 1; Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Commitments are easily made, but not so easily kept

Twenty-first Sunday of the Year: Joshua 24: 1-2 & 15-18; Ephesians 5: 21-32; John 6: 60-69

A banquet in which we share the love that has united Father and Son for all eternity

Twentieth Sunday of the Year: Proverbs 9: 1-6; Ephesians 5: 15-20; John 6: 51-58

The Lord awakens our faith in our darkest moments

Nineteenth Sunday of the Year : 1 Kgs 19:4-8; Ps 34; Eph 4:3 –5:2; Jn 6:41-51

We cannot take Christ to the world unless we have entered his presence in prayer

Jesus and the Apostles are depicted in a mural in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington (CNS)

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85; Eph 1:3-1, or 1:3-10; Mk 6:7-13