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Have you had the encounter that will change your life?

Father Timothy Hepner

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord/April 1 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; Sequence: Victimae Paschali Laudes; John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 Let’s take a test. The only right answer is the honest one. Which of these best describes your encounter with Jesus? A) Mary Magdalene: A sudden encounter, like being […]

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Only heart open to transformation ‘produces much fruit’

By Shawn Reeves Fifth Sunday of Lent/March 18 Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33 When I was a kid, some of my favorite toys were Transformers. I would spend hours reenacting scenes from the popular cartoon. There was something captivating about cars and aircraft transmuting into robots, because there is something captivating about […]

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Only power and wisdom of God endure

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Third Sunday of Lent/March 4 Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8,9,10,11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25 Out of necessity, I’ve become somewhat of a handyman in our home over the past 16 years, and I’m always pleased when I find the repair depends on a standardized part. Standardization has provided industry with a swiftness and […]

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God pursues us, again and again, inviting and guiding us to what is good

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves First Sunday of Lent/Feb. 18 Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 Catholics are often accused of a mentality of “earning” our salvation, of emphasizing our response to God as if we were the singular cause of graces received. However, my observation is that all Christians fall prey to an exaggeration […]

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Jesus offers us healing of eternal significance

Tim Irwin

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Feb. 4 Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147:1-2,3-4,5-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39 The readings for the Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time highlight the tension between our desire for bodily cures and the invitation from Jesus to receive the Gospel and be healed of sin and all of the alienation that sin […]

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The kingdom of God is at hand — literally

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 21 Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 The readings for the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time remind us of the advantage of seeing this life in a more transcendent context. Jonah, perhaps the most reluctant of the prophets, has survived his undersea adventure in the […]

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No need to walk in the dark any longer

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord/Jan. 7 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Each year, on a Sunday between Jan. 2 and 8, there is a special solemnity in Catholic churches in the United States — the celebration of Epiphany. It is a special church festival in commemoration of the […]

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Christmas and the miracle of ‘Yes’

Sister Mary Core, OSB

By Sister Mary Core, OSB Sunday, Dec. 25/Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) At the Vigil Mass Isaiah 62:1-15 / Psalm 89:4-5,16-17,27,29 / Acts 13:16-17,22-25 / Matthew 1:1-25 Mass During the Night Isaiah 9:1-6 / Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,11-12,13 / Titus 2:11-14 / Luke 2:1-14 Mass at Dawn Isaiah 62:11-12 / Psalm 97:1,6,11-12 / Titus 3:4-7 / Luke 2:15-20 Mass During the Day Isaiah […]

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As witnesses to Christ, we must change our lives, prepare the way of the Lord

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)/Dec. 17 Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11; (Psalm) Luke 1:46-48,49-50,53-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8,19-28 This week, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Gospel begins with “A man named John was sent from God.” Who is this John? Why did he come? As we listen, we hear that he came for […]

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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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