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How will we use what we’ve received?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 19 Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30 The readings for today are a bit confusing. At first glance they seem to praise capitalism. The word “talent” might have us think of the original meaning of the word in English: “a large sum of […]

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Each of us is of unique importance, yet only a part of the whole

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 5 Malachi 1:14b — 2:2b,8-10; Psalm 13:1,2,3; 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9,13; Matthew 23:1-12 Christian Herter was running hard for re-election as governor of Massachusetts, and one day he arrived late at a barbecue. He’d had no breakfast or lunch, and he was famished. As he moved down […]

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What, or who, dominates our lives?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 22 Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21 Jesus navigates treacherous waters during his final days in Jerusalem. The Gospel for the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time recounts the efforts of the Jewish religious authorities to set a trap for Jesus in search of a reason […]

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World hungers for the ‘Kingdom Fruit’ God asks us to produce in the vineyard

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 8 Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:9,12,13-14,15-16,19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43 The Church offers excerpts from the 21st and 22nd chapters of the Gospel according to St. Matthew for the month of October. These passages recount the final teachings of Jesus before his passion, death, and resurrection. Jesus’s relationship with […]

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The generosity of God bears watching

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 24 Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18,18a; Philippians 1:20c-24,27a; Matthew 20:1-16a Most of us have routines — behaviors and exercises that we rhythmically fall into. They comfort us and give us a sense of security, a sense of stability. And this is because they are predictable. We know what to […]

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To conquer sin, look to the divine model’s ‘web of relationships’

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 10 Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 We thrive on relationship. There is not a person alive who does not desire on some level a fulfilling relationship with another. Because we believe in a God who is Trinity, we consequently believe in a God who exists […]

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What does it mean to lead God’s people?

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 27 Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 What does it mean to be a leader of God’s people? I am sure we all have our thoughts on that question. After we listen to and reflect on this Sunday’s readings, we may have more to ponder. In […]

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Moving from fear to faith, finding God

Sharon Priester

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 13 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a; Psalm 85:9,10,11-12,13-14; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-23 In this week’s first reading from 1 Kings, we hear about Elijah, a man many of us would have envied. He had a deep faith in God and was able to face down the prophets who were followers of Baal. He […]

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What are we doing to find the ‘path of life’ and walk it forever?

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 30 1 Kings 3:5,7-12; Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-128,129-130; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 For years, my husband and I, especially when we have gone to somewhere in the country that is new to us, visited and explored the local parks or areas. While at the park, we were able to learn […]

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Parable of the Sower: Will we accept the challenge to bear good fruit?

Sharon Priester

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 16 Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10,11,12-13,14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23 The people of Israel struggled many years while they were in exile. Throughout all these years, God did not abandon them. His power and love for the people were evident. Not only did He bring forth the rain and snow to water […]

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