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The gift that God most desires is the gift of ourselves

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (Christmas), Jan. 8 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 I once was on a plane trip, sitting behind a young man who seemed to be quite pleased with himself. During the flight he continually left his cell phone on and […]

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Christmas Scriptures present gifts to ponder for many weeks

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Dec. 26 Sirach 3:2-7,12-14; Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5; Colossians 3:12-21; Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 In the missal there are three Masses of Christmas — the Mass at Midnight, another at dawn, and Mass During the Day — each of them with its own set of […]

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Don’t focus on miraculous deeds and fail to see meaning

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 12 Isaiah 35:1-6a,10; Psalm 146: 6-7,8-9,9-10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11 Many times the writing in the Bible is influenced as much by geography as by theology, and in the first reading from the book of Isaiah we have examples of both. The prophet uses […]

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Turn down the volume and listen to Advent readings

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28 Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5,6-7,8-9; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44 The prophet Isaiah is a steadfast companion in Advent. The prophet introduces the season in the first reading by describing the pilgrimage by which we journey to Christmas. He identifies three motivations for undertaking the […]

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Lesson for our ‘older brothers’ meaningful for us, too

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Nov. 14 Malachi 3:19-20a; Psalm 98:5-6,7-8,9; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 My father attended a one-room, country school, in rural Dixon. When his teacher would instruct the students at the various grade levels, his older and younger brothers couldn’t help but overhear each other’s lectures. […]

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What did St. Paul have in mind as he prayed?

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 31Wisdom 11:22 — 12:2; Psalm 145:1-2,8-9,10-11,13,14; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 — 2:2; Luke 19:1-10 The third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization ended last week with dramatic testimony from the 18-year-old daughter of a former assistant to the Communist dictator of North Korea, Kim Jung Il. […]

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Jesus teaches disciples to rely on faith, work for justice

By: By Barbara Roedel Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 17 Exodus 17:8-13; Psalm 121:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; 2 Timothy 3:14 — 4:2; Luke 18:1-8 This Sunday’s Gospel portrays a widow who pursues a judge for justice. The image of a poor, powerless widow relentless in her pursuit of justice is contrasted by a judge who is arrogant […]

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Supplanting hatred, bigotry, with understanding, respect

By: By Barbara Roedel Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 3 Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14; Luke 17:5-10 Jesus’ disciples experienced challenges and difficulties in following him. Thinking they had too little faith, the disciples asked Jesus for more faith. Jesus’ response must have shocked them. He tells the disciples to use […]

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Trustworthy people must know which ‘master’ they serve

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 19Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113:1-2,4-6,7-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13 As I read Luke’s Gospel this week, I found it difficult to understand. How can a dishonest person be commended for “acting prudently”? I consulted a homily aid by Father Charles Irvin, a retired priest of […]

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Cost of discipleship is nothing less than everything

By: By Sharon Priester Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 5 Wisdom 9:13-18b; Psalm 90:3-4,5-6,12-13,14-17; Philemon 9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33 Over the years, many of us have chosen to become members of a certain group or a fan/supporter of a certain person. Why did we do that? Probably we had listened and decided it was something […]

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