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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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Do the people we encounter feel welcomed?

By Sharon Priester Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 2 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16a; Psalm 89:2-3,16-17,18-19; Romans 6:3-4,8-11; Matthew 10:37-42 Just the other day, a few of us from the neighborhood were standing at the end of our driveway chatting about what was going on in the neighborhood — how the new baby next door was doing, […]

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Embracing Christ, recognized or disguised, in his worldwide family

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 18 Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a; Psalm 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Sequence: Lauda Sion; John 6:51-58 The Church has had a beautiful continuum of celebrations these last few weeks — Ascension, Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi. Each has a story about […]

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Don’t miss the honk of the passionate, noisy Holy Spirit ‘goose’ this Pentecost

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Pentecost / June 4 Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,43; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13; Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus; John 20:19-23 The feast of Pentecost traditionally has the central image of a dove. In this image, taken from Scripture, we are reminded of the dove of peace at the flood in Noah’s time, the […]

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The life and resurrection of Jesus give eternal significance to our life

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 21 Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 This week’s readings highlight the church’s desire to help us experience the mystery of the Risen Christ, so that we might authentically live the Holy Faith. The resurrection of Jesus transcends our experiences. Everyone I know who has died […]

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The Good Shepherd is calling — will we hear and accept his invitation?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Fourth Sunday of Easter/May 7 Acts 2:14a,36-41; Psalm 34:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; 1 Peter 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10 The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter feature an allegory from the Gospel according to John contrasting the sacrifice of the Good Shepherd with the treachery of the bad shepherds. The first reading from the Acts of […]

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Redemption by Jesus of Thomas, the doubter, offers us a message of hope

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Easter/April 23 Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; 1 Peter 1:3-9; (Sequence) Victimae paschali laudes; John 20:19-31 The Second Sunday of Easter offers us one of most comforting appearances of the Risen Christ — the story of doubting Thomas. These days, when our culture seems to be defined by the plague of […]

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Grace saves our well-intentioned but often weak, impulsive human hearts

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 9 (At the procession with palms) Matthew 21:1-11 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 — 27:66 In every grocery store around the country, there rest rows of candy bars, stacks of magazines, and displays of DVDs all awaiting the eyes of […]

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Better spiritual vision this Lent: clear sight of the soul leads to belief in Christ

Shawn Reeves

Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)/March 26 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 When I was younger, I was fascinated with the biology of the human eye, so much so that I adopted the topic for my junior high science fair project. I was captivated by the precision with which the ocular pigments […]

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Our pilgrimage of Lent requires moving from the familiar to attain the eternal

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Lent/March 12 Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33:4-5,18-19,20,22; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9 The unknown is uncomfortable. We can neither anticipate its outcomes nor prepare for its challenges. It remains undefined and foreign. And so we tend to flee from it as far as we can. But seldom do we succeed in […]

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