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World hungers for the ‘Kingdom Fruit’ God asks us to produce in the vineyard

Tim Irwin

By Tim Irwin Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time/Oct. 8 Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:9,12,13-14,15-16,19-20; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43 The Church offers excerpts from the 21st and 22nd chapters of the Gospel according to St. Matthew for the month of October. These passages recount the final teachings of Jesus before his passion, death, and resurrection. Jesus’s relationship with […]

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The generosity of God bears watching

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 24 Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18,18a; Philippians 1:20c-24,27a; Matthew 20:1-16a Most of us have routines — behaviors and exercises that we rhythmically fall into. They comfort us and give us a sense of security, a sense of stability. And this is because they are predictable. We know what to […]

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To conquer sin, look to the divine model’s ‘web of relationships’

Shawn Reeves

By Shawn Reeves Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time/Sept. 10 Ezekiel 33:7-9; Psalm 95:1-2,6-7,8-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18:15-20 We thrive on relationship. There is not a person alive who does not desire on some level a fulfilling relationship with another. Because we believe in a God who is Trinity, we consequently believe in a God who exists […]

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What does it mean to lead God’s people?

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 27 Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,6,8; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 16:13-20 What does it mean to be a leader of God’s people? I am sure we all have our thoughts on that question. After we listen to and reflect on this Sunday’s readings, we may have more to ponder. In […]

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Moving from fear to faith, finding God

Sharon Priester

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Aug. 13 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a; Psalm 85:9,10,11-12,13-14; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-23 In this week’s first reading from 1 Kings, we hear about Elijah, a man many of us would have envied. He had a deep faith in God and was able to face down the prophets who were followers of Baal. He […]

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What are we doing to find the ‘path of life’ and walk it forever?

Sharon Priester

By Sharon Priester Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 30 1 Kings 3:5,7-12; Psalm 119:57,72,76-77,127-128,129-130; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52 For years, my husband and I, especially when we have gone to somewhere in the country that is new to us, visited and explored the local parks or areas. While at the park, we were able to learn […]

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Parable of the Sower: Will we accept the challenge to bear good fruit?

Sharon Priester

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 16 Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 65:10,11,12-13,14; Romans 8:18-23; Matthew 13:1-23 The people of Israel struggled many years while they were in exile. Throughout all these years, God did not abandon them. His power and love for the people were evident. Not only did He bring forth the rain and snow to water […]

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Do the people we encounter feel welcomed?

By Sharon Priester Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 2 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16a; Psalm 89:2-3,16-17,18-19; Romans 6:3-4,8-11; Matthew 10:37-42 Just the other day, a few of us from the neighborhood were standing at the end of our driveway chatting about what was going on in the neighborhood — how the new baby next door was doing, […]

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Embracing Christ, recognized or disguised, in his worldwide family

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)/June 18 Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a; Psalm 147:12-13,14-15,19-20; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Sequence: Lauda Sion; John 6:51-58 The Church has had a beautiful continuum of celebrations these last few weeks — Ascension, Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and Corpus Christi. Each has a story about […]

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Don’t miss the honk of the passionate, noisy Holy Spirit ‘goose’ this Pentecost

Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Solemnity of Pentecost / June 4 Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1,24,29-30,31,43; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7,12-13; Sequence: Veni, Sancte Spiritus; John 20:19-23 The feast of Pentecost traditionally has the central image of a dove. In this image, taken from Scripture, we are reminded of the dove of peace at the flood in Noah’s time, the […]

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