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Risen indeed!

By: By Father Douglas Grandon Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord, April 12 Acts 10:34a,37-43; Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 or (at an afternoon or evening Mass) Luke 24:13-35 Harry Houdini, the famous magician and escape artist, died from peritonitis on Oct. 31, 1926. Prior to […]

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As a humble human

By: By Barbara Roedel Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 5 (At the procession with palms) Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16. (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 14:1–15:47 The four Gospels paint different pictures of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. The Gospel of […]

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Broken hearts and God’s word

By: By Barbara Roedel Fifth Sunday of Lent, March 29 Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,14-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33. (When the Third Scrutiny is celebrated with the elect, these readings may be used: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-2,3-4,5-6,7-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45) A clear shift takes place in God’s relationship with the people of Israel in our […]

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Inspired by the light

By: By Barbara Roedel Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 22 2 Chronicles 36:14-16,19-23; Psalm 137:1-2,3,4-5,6; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21. (When the Second Scrutiny is celebrated with the elect, these readings may be used: 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41) Spring has finally arrived and we’re beginning to enjoy more sunny days and […]

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Putting ourselves on the line

By: By Barbara Roedel Third Sunday of Lent, March 15 Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:8,9,10,11; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. (When the First Scrutiny is celebrated, these readings may be used: Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 5:1-2,5-8; John 4:5-42) Last week the disciples got a peek at who Jesus was and what he was about in […]

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To mountaintop and back

By: By Barbara Roedel Second Sunday of Lent, March 8 Genesis 22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18; Psalm 116:10,15,16-17,18-19; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark 9:2-10 Mountaintop experiences don’t come all that often and yet we’ve all had some experience of them. I’ve heard Christians talk of having mountaintop experiences while on a retreat or a mission, while reading sacred Scripture or serving […]

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Symbols for Lent

By: By Barbara Roedel First Sunday of Lent, March 1 Genesis 9:8-15; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15 At first glance the temptation scene in Mark’s Gospel appears sparse compared to Matthew and Luke’s versions. But today’s readings are anything but sparse. We begin our Lenten season with a rich mosaic of meaning and […]

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God’s gift of forgiveness

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 22 Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24b-25; Psalm 41:2-3,4-5,13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12 The story recounted in this Sunday’s Gospel is one of the most unusual scenes in the New Testament. A paralytic in need of healing, prevented from seeing Jesus by the huge crowd, is […]

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Suffering in its rightful place

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 15 Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; Psalm 32:1-2,5,11; 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1; Mark 1:40-45 The Book of Leviticus, from which our first Sunday reading is taken, is a collection of regulations and restrictions, many of which deal with ritual purity. Ritual purity is a concept based on […]

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A message of hope

By: By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Feb. 8 Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalm 147:1-2,3-4,5-6; 1 Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39 On most Sundays, the first reading has been chosen because it is somehow connected to the Gospel, either by subject matter, theme or the principal characters in the passage. Similarly, the responsorial psalm […]

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