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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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Marriage a prime image of God’s love

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Jan. 20 Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-2,2-3,7-8,9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 This year my wife and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage, and I could not help but celebrate a little already after reviewing this Sunday’s readings. They are rich with marital language. God professes Himself a “bridegroom […]

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How far will we journey to give our hearts and lives to God this year?

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB

By Father Dominic Garramone, OSB Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord/Jan. 6 Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-11,12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Since the 19th century, there has been scholarly debate as to the historical basis of the story of the Magi. Some scholars study the astronomical aspect of the story, trying to determine what the star […]

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Let Christ transform doubting hearts

Father Timothy Hepner

By Father Timothy Hepner Fourth Sunday of Advent/Dec. 23 Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 Broken promises can train us to stop expecting great things — even if the promises were just implicit and our expectations unreasonable. Someone we love and depend on seems to owe us something and, usually because of weakness (rarely […]

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When it comes to proclaiming Christ, trust grace and just start doing it

Father Timothy Hepner

Second Sunday of Advent/Dec. 9 Baruch 5:1-3; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Philippians 1:4-6,8-11; Luke 3:1-6 “All flesh shall see the salvation of God.” The words of Isaiah reverberated and found their fulfillment in the events of John the Baptist’s proclamation. St. Luke, the painstaking historian, tells us specifically when and where these events occurred. This is important, because […]

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