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Joseph — an icon of God’s fatherhood — models strong, silent, sacrificial life

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 18 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2,3-4,5-6 (7c,10b); Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 In Advent, Jesus, Mary, and John the Baptist get top billing. But in this last Sunday of the season, the humble figure of St. Joseph quietly enters the scene. Joseph, husband of Mary, has no words to […]

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Advent calls us to hear, reassure those who ‘cry out

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 Diogenes, one of the founders of the ancient school of philosophy called cynicism, was a crude and disruptive figure whose life was a running commentary on the insincerity of most men. Living in a barrel outside the city […]

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As the Year of Mercy ends, we learn the true meaning of Divine Mercy

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 20 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 The readings for the Thirty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time conclude both the Church year and the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with perhaps the most hopeful of all the Gospel passages. The Church […]

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Heaven: Nothing we have expected and everything we have anticipated

By Tim Irwin Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/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 The readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary time remind us that risen life cannot be understood in the way we make sense of our time in the material universe. The Greek philosopher Aristotle […]

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Pursuit of eternal life requires gratitude, complete trust in mercy of God

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin 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 The pursuit of tangible blessings like wealth, power and honor animate contemporary American culture, and the readings for the Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary time suggest that they were just as popular during biblical times. In the Gospel […]

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All of us need healing light of God’s love

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, 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 readings are about those who are outsiders, people on the fringe. They are about the people in our lives who find themselves in despair and hopelessness, who live on the edge. They also […]

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Have our ‘riches’ blinded us to the kingdom of God?

By 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 William Bausch tells a story of a fox who said that he would provide worms for any bird that would share his feathers. One bird thought that this was a good idea, so it […]

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God’s mercy invites us to look, go deeper, see something larger at stake

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By 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 We cannot observe Sept. 11 without remembering the terrible tragedy of 2001, some 15 years ago. Living through such an experience on so many levels — families who have lost someone in the tragedy, a […]

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Are willing to take the lowest place?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner 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 “Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.” Jesus’ saying in the Gospel goes against the grain of common sense. Why would I be blessed because someone is unable to repay me? Our […]

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What — and who — is our focus?

By Sharon Priester 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 The readings for this week, the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, begin with a passage from Ecclesiastes: “Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth. Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” The expression, “vanity of vanities” is described in […]

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