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Disciples are called to love even tyrants and those who are the least like Jesus

Tim Irwin

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin  Fourth Sunday of Easter/May 8 Acts 13:14,43-52; Psalm 100:1-2,3,5; Revelation 7:9,14b-17; John 10:27-30 This week’s very succinct Gospel from St. John offers a helpful insight into discipleship. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall […]

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Disciples cannot be cynics, must trust

Tim Irwin

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy) / April 24 Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19; John 20:19-31 Alternative History refers to a type of speculative fiction that asks what if a given historic event had played out differently. What if the encounter between St. Thomas the Apostle […]

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Scenes from Passion account move from conflict to consolation — and hope

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word/By Father R. Michael Schaab Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 10 (At the procession with palms) Luke 19:28-40 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14 — 23:56 This Sunday’s passage from Luke’s Gospel records the last two days of the earthly life of Jesus. The account of the Passion can be […]

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It’s Laetare Sunday — time to rejoice with a joy only reconciliation can bring

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word/By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 27 Joshua 5:9a,10-12; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32 (For Year A readings, visit bible.usccb.org) Normally, it is best to look to the First Reading and the Gospel of the Mass to discover the major theme of the day’s Scripture readings. However, for […]

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Lent’s invitation to ‘put on Christ’

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word / By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Lent/March 13 Genesis 15:5-12,17-18; Psalm 27:1,7-8,8-913-14; Philippians 3:17 — 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36 Before spending time with the readings for any Sunday, it’s important to keep some general principles in mind. First, the First Reading and the Gospel always share a theme or message. Second, […]

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The Divine Teacher instructs with lessons from creation

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Feb. 27 Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3,13-14,15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 God often teaches us through his creation. Indeed, St. Paul insists that “the invisible attributes of God’s eternal power and divine nature have been clearly understood and perceived through the things He […]

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A way to navigate between extremes

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 13 Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1:1-2,3,4 and 6; 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20; Luke 6:17,20-26 This life is full of difficulties. Relationships struggle. Sickness and disease strike unexpectedly. Fortunes shift and wealth is replaced by poverty and want. War and crime disrupt tranquility. Loved ones die. And […]

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We cannot see distinctly until we see God directly in heavenly life

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word / By Shawn Reeves Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 30 Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5-6,15, 17; 1 Corinthians 12:31 — 13:13; Luke 4:21-30 Mirrors never show things as they are. They always display the inverse of how things truly appear. The ancient Corinthians were artisans of mirrors. But they were not the mirrors you […]

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Wedding at Cana offers opportunity to chronicle nature of Jesus’ ministry

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word/By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 16 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 The Scriptures are replete with marital language. Creation concludes with a marriage (Genesis 2:24-25); the poetic drama Song of Songs is pregnant with spousal imagery; the prophets persistently use marriage as a metaphor for divine […]

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Every nation will adore the Lord, but it will take the witness of each of us

Kim Padan

Living the Word / By Kim Padan Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord / Jan. 2 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 As a child, I remember the joy of leaving Christmas decorations up through Jan. 6, the traditional date for the Feast of the Epiphany. Some people thought we were odd, but […]

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