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Advent’s challenge: Coming to God each day and not just at the end of time

Father R. Michael Schaab

Living the Word l Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Advent l Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 Advent comes from two Latin words that mean “to come to.” They are applied in two different ways — God comes to us and we come to God. These applications have different dimensions, […]

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Christ the King rules all of creation with power and love in ‘covenant fidelity’

Shawn Reeves

Living the Word l Shawn Reeves Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe l Nov. 20 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 Self-preservation is one of the most powerful forces of human nature. When we (or those we love) are threatened, we find ourselves doing things we otherwise would not […]

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Despite the reality of death, we share in the endurance of Christ

Shawn Reeves

Living the World l Shawn Reeves Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time l Nov. 6 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 Few things force us to face our mortality more than illness. Suddenly, we lose something of ourselves. Our bodies do not live and breathe as they did before. Our concentration […]

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When we pray, do we praise God or self?

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 23 Sirach 35:12-14,16-18; Psalm 34:2-3,17-18,19,23; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14 This Sunday’s Gospel presents a vivid portrait of two people at prayer. Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. In it we see two people praying in vastly different […]

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Mass, Eucharist provide healing we need

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

Living the Word l Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 9 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Today’s Gospel presents the familiar story of Jesus healing 10 lepers. Jesus performed dozens of miracles, but his curing of lepers holds a special place in the Christian imagination. One reason for […]

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What would Lazarus look like at our ‘door’ . . . and would we notice him?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sept. 25 Amos 6:1a,4-7; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31 Abou Adam was wealthy according to every earthly measure. At the same time, however, he sincerely strove to be spiritually wealthy as well. One night he was aroused from his sleep […]

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Jesus rejoices in finding the lost – do we?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Sept. 11 Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 Not unlike other passages in Luke’s Gospel, today’s Gospel begins with a short discussion between the Pharisees/scribes and Jesus. The Pharisees are a bit disturbed that Jesus would eat with them, […]

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Seek affirmation from God, not the world

Kim Padan

  Living the Word / Kim Padan Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 28 Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Psalm 68:4-5,6-7,10-11; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24a; Luke 14:1,7-14 This weekend’s readings speak to us about the importance of humility. A quick glance at the culture, and we can readily see that the virtue of humility is sorely lacking. Ours is a culture fueled by […]

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Follow Christ, and lead others to Him

Kim Padan

Living the Word / Kim Padan Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 14 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 Looking at the readings for this weekend, I am reminded of how difficult it can be to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but also how comforted I am to know He makes firm my steps. […]

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What are we desiring more of in life? Things? Success? How about Jesus?

Carla Oliver

Living the Word / By Carla Oliver Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 31 Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14,17; Colossians 3:1-5,9-11; Luke 12:13-21 I always find there to be a little bit of humor in thinking about what it must have been like for members of the early church to process what Jesus meant when […]

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