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Who is the Lazarus lying at our door? Couldn’t every one of us help someone?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Six Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 29 Amos 6:1a,4-7; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; 1 Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31 Once again, this week, St. Luke offers yet another teaching concerning God’s love for the outcast, the perils of arrogance, and our critical need for humility. This story features the other Lazarus, not the man from Bethany who […]

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God’s love for us is never in doubt, but the key question is do we love God?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 15 Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32 St. Luke recounts the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as a proclamation to the outcasts. Just who exactly were the outcasts? This week’s readings, the entire 15th chapter of Luke’s Gospel, recount Jesus teaching to two kinds […]

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Will we be outcasts in God’s Kingdom?

Tim Irwin

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 1 Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Psalm 68:4-5,6-7,10-11; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24a; Luke 14:1,7-14 This summer we have been treated to excerpts from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. Each of the four Evangelists brings a slightly different insight into their proclamation of Jesus. Perhaps, the stories about Jesus have become so familiar some two […]

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How do our convictions, hopes measure against the message and life of Jesus?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 18 Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2,3,4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 We could not have more timely readings from Scripture than for this Sunday. Not only our country but our world seems mired in conflict and lack of compassion. It is difficult to face another day with the […]

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The basis of life and peace is not wealth or possessions, but God alone

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 4 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 Today the stock market is up: “S&P 500, Nasdaq hit new highs Friday ahead of crucial Fed decision.” How many of us have these sorts of headlines for our daily diet? In the Gospel today, there […]

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Martha and Mary: What part does quiet and reflection play in our service?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 21 Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 So what is your better part? For Mary in today’s Gospel it is visiting with Jesus. Martha is not much pleased with that. She feels slighted because she has to fulfill the tasks at hand. So often […]

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The Kingdom of God is not a vision for later, but to be lived here and now

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 7 Isaiah 66:10-14c; Psalm 66:1-3,4-5,6-7,16,20; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20 Recently I was present with several people meeting with state officials about a prison ministry program. Families of prisoners shared stories of their loneliness as a relative of someone in prison. They spoke of the […]

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Remaining true to Christ in the heart of the Eucharist, not trying on our own

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 23 Genesis 14:18-20; Psalm 110:1,2,3,4; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Sequence: Lauda Sion; Luke 9:11b-17 “Give them some food yourselves!” This command of Jesus to his apostles regarding the hungry crowds elucidates the tension that is at the very heart of priestly ministry. […]

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Pentecost reminds we are instruments as God gathers all into union with him

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of Pentecost/June 9 Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Romans 8:8-17; (Sequence) Veni, Sancte, Spiritus; John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16,23b-26 In the ancient Middle East, when all the barrels and barns were filled with wheat from the harvest, it was time to celebrate and give thanks. Like the wheat, the Israelites […]

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Through Holy Spirit, we can do what God wills and experience the peace of Christ

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 26 Acts 15:1-2,22-29; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Revelation 21:10-14,22-23; John 14:23-29 A popular Gravy Train television commercial from 1960 featured a dozen ducklings waddling their way into the food dish of a very benevolent Great Dane. One of the ducklings worries about aggravating the dog. Others respond, “Dog, what dog? I […]

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