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The modern world needs Christians to be credible witnesses, lights to the nations

Father Timothy Hepner

By  Father Timothy Hepner Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Aug. 29 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 the school year has begun, teachers are rediscovering that kid. You know: The kid who is always ready to prove how smart he is by blurting out the answer or going so far as to […]

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Living the Word: Mary is a loving mother in whose arms all are safe

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Aug. 15 Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a,10ab; Psalm 45:10,11,12,16; 1 Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56 I will not be preaching to my parish this year on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and ordinarily I would see that as a missed opportunity. […]

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Are we too satisfied to accept what Jesus asks?

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 1 Exodus 16:2-4,12-15; Psalm 78:3-4,23-24,25,25,54; Ephesians 4:17,20-24; John 6:24-35 One of the worst things that can happen to us is that we become satisfied. In the first reading the Israelites complain to Moses, “Would that we had died at the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, […]

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Jesus alone supplies lasting wholeness

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 18 Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23:1-3,3-4,5,6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” This is pasturing language. Using a word often translated in the Bible as simply “the wilderness,” Jesus calls […]

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We must keep eyes fixed on Lord in radical dependence

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / July 4 Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalm 123:1-2,2,3-4; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6a Many of us rebel against being dependent on others. But once released from certain reliances, we discover our own insufficiencies, and the appeal is less than envisioned. Radical independence is supremely alluring until faced with its […]

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We only benefit when we consider Jesus’ risen glory and our own deficiencies

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time/June 20 Job 38:1,8-11; Psalm 107:23-24,25-26,28-29,30-31; 2 Corinthians 5:14-17; Mark 4:35-41 My wife and I have five children, which means neither of us gets enough rest. Our home is filled with the effervescence of laughter and life but also long nights, early mornings, endless tasks, and less than adequate […]

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Eucharist as divine food for our journey of transformation to eternal happiness

Tim Irwin

Living the Word / By Tim Irwin Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 6 Exodus 24:3-8; Psalm 116:12-13,15-16,17-18; Hebrews 9:11-15; (Sequence) Lauda Sion; Mark 14:12-16,22-26 Christians universally recognize the promise of eternal happiness in the celebrations of Christmas and Easter. This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi — the […]

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Why do we need the Holy Spirit?

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Pentecost/May 23 Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; Veni Sancte Spiritus; John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church. Jesus promises the Paraclete in the Gospel according to John. St. Luke does more than any of […]

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Conversion to Christ is a Divine gift

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 9 Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 All the readings chosen for this Sunday reinforce the fundamental principle that in matters of faith, first God acts and then we freely respond. Even in conversion, first God gives a person the grace needed to convert, […]

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Service is real key to our salvation

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Easter/April 25 Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118:1,8-9,21-23,26,28,29; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Just as the eight days from Easter Sunday to the Second Sunday of Easter are celebrated as one joyful Easter Day, so also the Eight Sundays from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated as one joyful […]

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