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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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When we put our trust in Jesus, we belong to the truth

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe/Nov. 25 Daniel 7:13-14; Psalm 93:1,1-2,5; Revelation 1:5-8; John 18:33b-37 This Sunday celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, marking the end of the liturgical year and the second coming of the Lord. Eschatology names the study of the […]

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Love turns the widow’s mite into might

Tim Irwin

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Nov. 11 1 Kings 17:10-16; Psalm 146:7,8-9, 9-10; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 The Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time recounts the story of the widow’s mite. Considering who this woman was and what she did, we might want to call this the story of the widow’s might. The passage begins with Jesus sternly […]

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Are we too impatient to hear God’s call?

Tim Irwin

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 28 Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-2,2-3,4-5,6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52 We Americans are an impatient people. We want what we want and we want it now — instant gratification. I typed “instant gratification” into a browser and got 14,600,000 hits in four-tenths of a second. I wonder why it took so long? […]

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‘Disciple who never was’ still offers lesson on Jesus’ invitation to all of us

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 14 Wisdom 7:7-11; Psalm 90:12-13,14-15,16-17; Hebrews 4:12-13; Mark 10:17-30 This Sunday’s Gospel presents a challenge that seems impossible to follow while acquainting us with the disciple who never was. The story begins just as Jesus and his disciples have begun the journey to Jerusalem that will culminate in […]

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Do we see Jesus as he really is, or more like how we want him to be?

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 16 Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-2,3-4,5-6,8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35 On his 51st birthday, H. Jackson Brown decided to jot down some of the lessons he had learned during his lifetime. He compiled a book after writing his own stories and asking others to do the same. […]

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Finding the strength and courage to put into practice the Christian life

Father R. Michael Schaab

By Father R. Michael Schaab Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 2 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 Today’s readings tell us about three important concepts: divine wisdom, biblical justice and God’s commandment. Together, they explain the Christian life. In the first reading from Deuteronomy, Moses tells Israel that “this great nation is truly a […]

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