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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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A lifetime of service

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 25 Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 25:4-5,6-7,8-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20 I recently read an article by Ben Stein, a columnist who has covered the Hollywood scene for years. His biweekly column has kept tabs on the “best” of the glamour world. In his latest article, Stein wrote that he […]

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Call and commitment

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jan. 18 1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19; Psalm 40:2,4,7-8,8-9,10; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a,17-20; John 1:35-42 I suspect that all of us can relate to being called sometime in our life. I think of being called by my mother to help with a project she was undertaking. I also think of being called to […]

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Transforming power of baptism

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jan. 11 Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7 or Isaiah 55:1-11; Psalm 29:1-2,3-4,9-10 or Isaiah 12:2-3,4bcd,5-6; Acts 10:34-38 or 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11 With today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we conclude the Christmas cycle. This feast bridges Jesus’ early life and the beginning of his public ministry. […]

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Light for a dark world

By: By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Epiphany of the Lord, Jan. 4 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 The feast of the Epiphany is one of the most intriguing stories in Scripture. We hear of magi, gifts, tension with authority, flight, star, manger. What do we make of all the subplots — important […]

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Faith-filled ‘tirelessness’

By: By Msgr. Stuart Swetland Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 21 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16; Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Sometimes a wait can seem forever. A traffic jam, long check-out lines, a doctor’s office, the airport — all of these can try one’s patience and make time seem to stand still. For children, the […]

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