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How can we become worthy servants of God?

By: By Father James King Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 13 Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30 It isn’t easy to serve God. In fact, with our fallen human nature, it would be impossible for us to serve God without His help. But through His word, and the grace that He […]

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Faith, hope, and charity are our ‘meat and potatoes’

By: By Father James King Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 16 Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10; 1 Thesssalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21 It is clear from this Sunday’s Gospel what our Lord is referring to when He says, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In this case He […]

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Don’t worry — offer heartfelt prayers to God

By: By Jeff Hedglen, Catholic News Service Editor’s Note — This week our local writers take a break and the Scripture reflection is from the Catholic News Service feature “Word to Life.” —– Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 2 Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:9,12,13-14,15-16,19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43 In this week’s second reading from St. […]

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Who is first, who is last, and does it matter to God?

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 18 Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145: 2-3,8-9,17-18; Philippians 1:20c-24,27a; Matthew 20:1-16a On the first Monday of this month, we celebrated Labor Day, a national holiday for recognizing and honoring laborers with speeches, parades and special picnics. This hasn’t changed too much from the time when I […]

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Jesus makes clear what needs to happen in times of conflict

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 4 Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 Matthew’s Gospel is divided into five books, each of which has two parts — the narrative and the “discourse” or sermon. The Gospel for this week and the one for last Sunday are part of Book […]

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Only with faith, trust can we say who Jesus is

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 21 Isaiah 22:13-23; Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 In this week’s Gospel, Jesus is in Caesarea Philippi, a region north of the Sea of Galilee. It is here that there will be some changes taking place. Jesus is beginning to prepare for his approaching death. He starts by […]

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Faithful Jesus shows us there is no need to fear

By: By Sharon Priester Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 7 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a; Psalm 85: 9,10,11-12,13-14; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33 Fear and doubt. How many times has fear welled up inside of you? Maybe a fear of taking on something new. How about doubt? Have you ever doubted that what you are doing is […]

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Saying ‘yes’ to God no matter what life presents

By: By Father James King Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 24 1 Kings 3:5,7-12; Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-128,129-130; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 “O Lord, my God . . . give your servant an understanding heart” (1 Kings 3:9). This prayer of Solomon in this Sunday’s first reading was pleasing to God and he answered the prayer. […]

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What are we allowing to take root in our lives?

By: By Jennifer Willems Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 10 Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10,11,12-13,14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23 Before the winter wheat is planted in northwest Kansas, some parishes make it a tradition to invite a farm family to bring a container of seeds to church. Not only is God’s blessing sought for these […]

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Jesus’ presence makes every day extraordinary

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 26 Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a; Psalm 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58 Most of our lives are lived in the ordinary. Our responsibilities are before us and we try to meet them each day much as we have done in the […]

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