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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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We will serve the Lord

By: Fr. Dominic Garramone, OSB Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 23 Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b; Psalm 34:2-3,16-17,18-19,20-21; Ephesians 5:21-32; John 6:60-69 A CLEAR THEME emerges from an examination of the three readings: commitment. In the first reading, Joshua renews the covenant and the people of Israel commit themselves to living according to the Mosaic Law. Husband […]

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‘Lord, we are not worthy’

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 9 1 Kings 19:4-8; Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 4:30 — 5:2; John 6:41-51 This week we continue our program of renewing our devotion to the Eucharist by looking at the concept of worthiness, and its silent corollary, judgment. We are often […]

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Showing reverence

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Aug. 2 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 The Gospel of Mark, which is used in liturgical Year B, is too short to fill all 34 Sundays of Ordinary Time, so we switch to the Bread of Life Discourse from Chapter 6 […]

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The importance of leisure

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 19 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 “Come away by yourself to a deserted place and rest awhile” (Mark 6:31). “For he (Christ) is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives […]

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When weakness can be a strength

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 5 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6 My studentsknow that I am fond of saying “sleep is for the weak.” This expression was drilled into me while I was in training at the Naval Academy. Sleep seemed like a luxury then […]

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