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Choose a glorious life in God’s will

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 22 Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2,3-4,5-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 There is a saying — “death is inconvenient.” It comes suddenly and alters all the patterns of our experience. But life, also, is often inconvenient. Doctor visits need to be scheduled. The home needs to be prepared. Car seats need […]

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Advent: reflect in joy and anticipation

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 8 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12 The practice of balance is often associated with Eastern mysticism. The principle of the body and mind poised in disciplined equilibrium pervades our culture’s impression of an Eastern approach to life, tethered to images of meditating Buddhist monks and resolute […]

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In God’s beloved Son, we are given a ‘better and more satisfying kingdom’

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 24 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122:1-2,3-4,4-5; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43 In a time and place forged by the egalitarian ideals of our nation’s founders, it can be hard to see why we should celebrate Christ as King. At the same time, many modern […]

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Seeking ‘everlasting encouragement’ of God’s faithfulness in resurrected life

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 10 2 Maccabees 7:1-2,9-14; Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15; 2 Thessalonians 2:16 — 3:5; Luke 20:27-38 Rarely does someone grow in understanding without asking questions, but not all questions are honest ones. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is encountered with a rather insincere question about a hypothetical situation. The question is insincere […]

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The one goal of all prayer — whether praise, contrition, petition, thanksgiving

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 27 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 — Today’s readings have much to say about prayer. The traditional division of prayer into Praise, Contrition, Petition and Thanksgiving can help us address the topic. The easiest to address is Praise. The Psalm states, “I […]

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A gift from God, faith requires conversion throughout our lives

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 13 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19 Both in the Old Testament, as in today’s first reading from the Second Book of Kings, and in the New Testament, as in today’s Gospel reading, those who are healed and respond in faith are […]

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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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