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Pentecost reminds we are instruments as God gathers all into union with him

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Solemnity of Pentecost/June 9 Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13 or Romans 8:8-17; (Sequence) Veni, Sancte, Spiritus; John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16,23b-26 In the ancient Middle East, when all the barrels and barns were filled with wheat from the harvest, it was time to celebrate and give thanks. Like the wheat, the Israelites […]

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Through Holy Spirit, we can do what God wills and experience the peace of Christ

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Sixth Sunday of Easter/May 26 Acts 15:1-2,22-29; Psalm 67:2-3,5,6,8; Revelation 21:10-14,22-23; John 14:23-29 A popular Gravy Train television commercial from 1960 featured a dozen ducklings waddling their way into the food dish of a very benevolent Great Dane. One of the ducklings worries about aggravating the dog. Others respond, “Dog, what dog? I […]

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Living into Christ’s story bring meaning

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Fourth Sunday of Easter/May 12 Acts 13:14,43-52; Psalm 100:1-2,3,5; Revelation 7:9,14b-17; John 10:27-30 People seek meaning. We appear to be the only creatures on the planet who do. We pursue meaning in order to understand our experiences. In so doing, we develop a sense of self and how we should relate to others. […]

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When doubt comes, faith is only option

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Second Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy)/April 28 Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118:2-4,13-15,22-24; Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19; John 20:19-31 This week the Gospel according to John features the endearing story of St. Thomas the Apostle. Endearing perhaps because we can easily see ourselves in the doubting Didymus. The story of his conversion seems especially timely […]

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Palm Sunday: We are to give glory and praise to God even as we carry our cross

Father Michael Schaab

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion/April 14 (At the procession with palms) Luke 19:28-40 (At the Mass) Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22:8-9,17-18,19-20,23-24; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14 — 23:56 There are two Gospels this Sunday. The first is from Luke and is part of the Procession With Palms. As with all familiar Scripture readings, it is easy to […]

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Lent calls us to put God first in our lives

Father Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Fourth Sunday of Lent/March 31 Joshua 5:9a,10-12; Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32 Year A (When the Rite of Scrutiny is held) 1 Samuel 16:1b,6-7,10-13a; Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 There are two options for the sets of readings this Sunday. One is used at Masses with a Rite of […]

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Keeping our eyes fixed on world to come

Father Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Second Sunday of Lent/March 17 Genesis 15:5-12,17-18; Psalm 27:1,7-8,8-9,13-14; Philippians 3:17 — 4:1; Luke 9:28b-36 The first preface for Lent states that we “await the paschal feasts with the joy of minds made pure.” The older translation said, “Each year you give us this joyful season.” It has always struck me […]

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Will we bear good fruit, or bad?

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/March 3 Sirach 27:4-7; Psalm 92:2-3,13-14,15-16; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45 The words “Know Yourself” were carved on the temple of Apollo in the ancient Greek city of Delphi. It was an admonition to enter the portal with an honest understanding of oneself, to recognize that among all creatures […]

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‘Difficult seasons’ yield fruit with God

Shawn Reeves

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 17 Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1:1-2,3,4 and 6; 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20; Luke 6:17,20-26 Author C.S. Lewis once wrote, “We want not so much a Father but a grandfather in heaven, a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’” The […]

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Our unique call must be lived fully

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Feb. 3 Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19; Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5-6,15-17; 1 Corinthians 12:31–13:13; Luke 4:21-30 New beginnings are easy. Carrying them through to their conclusion often is not. My 17-year-old son is a purple belt in karate. He is the only student in his school at that level, and all other students are […]

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