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Boldly proclaiming the kingdom

By: By Sharon Priester The Solemnity of Christ the King, Nov. 22 Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 THIS WEEKEND, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, we celebrate the solemnity of Christ the King. Reflecting on kings or queens, the one I quickly thought of living today was Queen Elizabeth II, ruler […]

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Bringing the exiles home

By: Father Doug Grandon Thirtieth sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 25 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 “BIGGEST THING to happen ecclesiologically since the Reformation!” That’s how my friend, Church of England Bishop Andrew Burnham, described the Vatican’s announcement last Tuesday about “personal ordinariates” for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church. “Desperate bishops invited […]

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Work just begun

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 18 Isaiah 53:10-11; Psalm 33:4-5,18-19,20,22; Hebrews 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45 IN 1782, George Washington became America’s hero after leading his ragtag, Colonial army to victory over the red coats of England. In his farewell address to his men, he pledged that he would leave public […]

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Living and effective

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 11 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 PENNSYLVANIA Hospital in Philadelphia was our nation’s very first medical center. Founded in 1751 by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin, the hospital is home to the nation’s oldest surgical amphitheatre, the “dreaded circular room,” located on the third floor. […]

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Reaffirming marriage

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct. 4 Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5,6; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 LESLIE VAN HOUTEN grew up in a clean-cut, loving family in a comfortable middle-class home in a Southern California suburb. Her father and stay-at-home mom devoted themselves to their four children. Sadly, when Leslie was 13, the Van Houtens divorced. […]

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Encourage one another

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 27 Numbers 11:25-29; Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 IN THIS WEEK’S Gospel, Jesus continues to teach the disciples about what it means to be his followers. The disciples “tried” to stop someone from casting out demons in Jesus’ name. Remember the disciples were unable to cast out a […]

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A servant’s heart

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 20 Wisdom 2:12,17-20; Psalm 54:3-4,5,6,8; James 3:16 — 4:3; Mark 9:30-37 THIS WEEK’S Gospel is similar to last week’s story. Namely, Jesus predicts his death and resurrection, the disciples misunderstand, and Jesus teaches what it means to be a true disciple. Jesus knows there is a plot to silence […]

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Who do you say Jesus is?

By: By Barbara Roedel Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 13 Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 THE DISCIPLES have been with Jesus for some time now. They have witnessed Jesus cleanse a leper (Mark 1:40-45), heal a paralytic (Mark 2:1-12), teach large crowds (Mark 4:1-9), calm a storm at sea (Mark 4:35-41), […]

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‘Be opened’

By: By Barbara Roedel Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sept. 6Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146:7,8-9,9-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37 IN OUR FIRST reading today we hear the prophet Isaiah proclaiming restoration to the Israelites at the end of the exile. He promises God will vindicate and save them at which time the blind will see, ears […]

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Listening actively

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 30 Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,4-5; James 1:17-18,21b-22,27; Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 AS A TEENAGER, I often prayed late in the evening on a secluded bluff overlooking the Rock River in glorious Sinnissippi Park, outside Sterling. The moon and the stars would shine brightly and reflect magically […]

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