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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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Living in the presence of the Lord

By Sharon Priester Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 17 Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 In the Gospel reading last week, a scholar asked Jesus what he must do “to inherit eternal life.” (Luke 10:25) Jesus asked him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” (Luke 10:26) The scholar […]

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To what, or whom, are we willing to commit?

By Sharon Priester Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 3 Isaiah 66:10-14c; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20 Commitment. This word kept popping into my mind as I read and studied the readings this week. I asked myself, “What does it mean to be committed to something and what am I committed to?” Then I decided […]

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Who do we say Jesus is?

By Father Tom Kelly Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 19 Zechariah 12:10-11;13:1; Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,8-9; Galatians 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24 The Gospel writer Luke frequently pictures Jesus as praying, particularly at important times when decisions have to be made. In this Sunday’s Gospel passage, Jesus appears to be praying about his future ministry. He first asks his […]

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Love of God changes mourning to dancing

By Father Tom Kelly Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 5 1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 30:2,4,5-6,11,12,13; Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17 In Sunday’s Gospel, we have the miracle story of Jesus bringing the son of the widow of Nain back to life. In the first reading from the Old Testament, we find a similar story. God, acting […]

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God exists within relationship of love

By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity/May 22 Proverbs 8:22-31; Psalm 8:4-5,6-7,8-9; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15 Of all the things we humans find satisfying, I would wager that relationships are on the top of most of our lists. Food, sports, entertainment, accomplishment — they all have their rewards, but none seem to harness […]

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We must proclaim what we have seen and heard as Jesus’ witnesses

  By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord/May 8 Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23; Luke 24:46-53 For those of a certain age, images of kings and knights pervaded the literature and imaginations of our childhood. Popular cinema had been fascinated with the notion of the noble monarch, […]

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The grace to follow Christ comes from the Holy Spirit dwelling within us

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fifth Sunday of Easter/April 24 Acts 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-9,10-11,12-13; Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a,34-35 The readings for the Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Easter direct the Church to reflect on its own nature in two ways — externally and internally. Externally we face the issue of expansion, and internally we struggle […]

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