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Do we see what our heart longs for?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

Living the Word / By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Oct. 24 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 The Gospel of Mark is genius at describing in succinct ways the healing and miracles of Jesus. His words are often few, but the impact is not to be missed. This […]

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Living the Word: The treasure of eternal life is learned through self-giving

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 10 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 There was once a revolutionary, who when he was young, prayed to God “Lord, give me the energy to change the world.” As he approached middle-age and realized that half his life was gone without changing a […]

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What keeps us from living as disciples of Jesus?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 26 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 This Sunday’s Gospel explores the question: who speaks authentically on behalf of Jesus? It also offers a stern message concerning those things that might stop us from fully accepting the invitation from Jesus to live as his disciples. The […]

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Answer the invitation to take up our cross and be a person for others

Tim Irwin

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 12 Isaiah 50:4c-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 This Sunday’s Gospel gives us a lot to think about. It illustrates how the Evangelists shared the events of Jesus’s life in various ways in order to clarify the message. It also illustrates that people […]

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The modern world needs Christians to be credible witnesses, lights to the nations

Father Timothy Hepner

By  Father Timothy Hepner Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Aug. 29 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 As the school year has begun, teachers are rediscovering that kid. You know: The kid who is always ready to prove how smart he is by blurting out the answer or going so far as to […]

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Living the Word: Mary is a loving mother in whose arms all are safe

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Aug. 15 Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a,10ab; Psalm 45:10,11,12,16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 I will not be preaching to my parish this year on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ordinarily I would see that as a missed opportunity. […]

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Are we too satisfied to accept what Jesus asks?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 1 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 One of the worst things that can happen to us is that we become satisfied. In the first reading the Israelites complain to Moses, “Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, […]

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Jesus alone supplies lasting wholeness

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 18 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” This is pasturing language. Using a word often translated in the Bible as simply “the wilderness,” Jesus calls […]

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We must keep eyes fixed on Lord in radical dependence

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 4 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Many of us rebel against being dependent on others. But once released from certain reliances, we discover our own insufficiencies, and the appeal is less than envisioned. Radical independence is supremely alluring until faced with its […]

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We only benefit when we consider Jesus’ risen glory and our own deficiencies

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 20 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My wife and I have five children, which means neither of us gets enough rest. Our home is filled with the effervescence of laughter and life but also long nights, early mornings, endless tasks, and less than adequate […]

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