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Stop. Watch. Wait. Here is Advent.

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 10 Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalms 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 If nothing else, Advent should remind us of this inconvenient truth: We are people in a hurry. The other day, I was leaving Walmart and noticed a tent set up in the […]

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A reminder that only one King matters

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / By Deacon Greg Kandra Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Nov. 26 Ezekiel 43:11-12, 15-17; Psalms 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25:31-46 Are we here already? Suddenly, we find ourselves at the end of the liturgical year, gazing down the road toward Advent and Christmas (!) […]

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Pay attention, take stock, be prepared

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 12 Wisdom 6:12-16; Psalms 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13 It’s that time of year again. In much of the country, the leaves are falling (or have fallen), nights are lengthening, frost is appearing on the ground — and the […]

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‘Two Greatest Commandments’ are intertwined

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 29 Exodus 22:20-26; Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51; 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40 Anyone who has spent time watching reruns of “Law and Order” knows the first rule of being a good witness in a courtroom: Never answer a question that you […]

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God invites us to his feast of love

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / Deacon Greg Kandra Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 15 Isaiah 25:6-10a; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22:1-14 This Sunday’s scripture is not very helpful if you’re trying to stay on a diet. Again and again, we hear about extravagant dining — “rich food and choice wines” […]

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Be open to the possibility of change

Deacon Greg Kandra

Living the Word / By Deacon Greg Kandra Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Oct. 1 Ezekiel 18:25-28; Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Philippians 2:1-11 (2:1-5 (alternate); Matthew 21:28-32 This Sunday’s Gospel offers us an idea a lot of us need to hear: “It’s not too late. Any of us, if we choose, can follow another […]

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Forgiveness disarms self-centeredness

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sept. 17 Sirach 27:30—28:7; Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18:21-35 This week’s Gospel teaches the Ethic of Reciprocity. We know it as the Golden Rule. It shows up in virtually every culture and religion across human history. When people discover […]

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Power of faith disposes us to compassion

Living the Word l Tim Irwin Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time l Aug. 20 Isaiah 56:1,6-7; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Romans 11:13-14,29-32; Matthew 15:21-28 The Gospel for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time presents an ancient example of a polarized society, perhaps encouraging some Christians who promote this view today. In fact, it is a call to look […]

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Feast of Transfiguration of the Lord calls us to lifelong transformation

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word l Father R. Michael Schaab Transfiguration of the Lord l Aug. 6 Daniel 7:9-10,13-14; Psalm 97:1-2,5-6,9; 2 Peter 1:16-19; Matthew 17:1-9 The Scripture readings for this Sunday are chosen specifically for the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, an event observed by Peter, James and John on a high mountain. The readings […]

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By practicing the faith, we can make light of Christ shine, reveal God’s kingdom

Living the Word l Tim Irwin Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time l July 23 Wisdom 12:13,16-19; Psalm 86:5-6,9-10,15-16; Romans 8:26-27; Matthew 13:24-43 St. Matthew presents five sermons spread throughout his Gospel, the most well-known being the Sermon on the Mount. Beginning last week and concluding next week, the Gospel readings feature the third great sermon — […]

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