Gospel Reflections

 


DOMINGO DE PÁSCOA

Published: April 05 2015

*Graça: Para ser feliz e se alegrar intensamente por causa de como o Senhor ressuscitado transforma a nossa vida.* *Reflexão:* O Evangelho de hoje conta a historia de,...

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Easter Sunday

Published: April 05 2015

*Grace: To be glad and rejoice intensely because of how the Risen Lord transforms our life.* *Reflection:* Today's Gospel tells the story of Mary Magdalene who is the first...

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Easter Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter

Published: April 04 2015

*The Disciples Reflect: We never thought it would end like this!* By early evening on Friday, not knowing of anywhere else to go, we all trudged our way...

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Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Published: April 03 2015

A Hollowed and Hallowed Cross When I returned to the United States from Rome in 1997, Sister Ann C. Kelly had also come home for a medical...

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Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Published: April 02 2015

*Jesus’ Last Meal with His Disciples* At first sight, this Gospel is about Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, but the evangelist provides also a contrast in the...

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Published: March 29 2015

*WHAT DOES THE MASTER NEED?* The last week of Jesus’ ministry was spent in and near Jerusalem. The first day of the final week, called Palm or Passion...

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Annunciation of the Lord

Published: March 25 2015

The Feast of the Annunciation has been a significant feast day for me for many years. My mother so wanted me to be born on March 25....

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5th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 22 2015

Lent is a time of preparation for Good Friday and the death of Jesus, and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. This period is like a journey for...

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Feast of St. Joseph

Published: March 19 2015

Francis of Assisi once said “Proclaim the Gospel of the Lord always and use words if you have to.” For me, those words describe how St. Joseph...

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4th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 15 2015

*“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”* — The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery Today‘s...

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 08 2015

In today’s Gospel, we see a very angry Jesus overturning tables, with a whip, and driving the money sellers out of His Father’s house. What made Jesus...

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2nd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 01 2015

Today’s account of the Transfiguration is found in all three of the Synoptic Gospels. Jesus in his manifestation to his three apostles briefly shows them his divinity. They...

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Premier dimanche de carême

Published: February 22 2015

Aujourd’hui nous célébrons le premier dimanche de Carême. Le Carême est une marche vers le baptême, ou encore marche vers la rénovation des promesses de notre baptême. Par...

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1st Sunday of Lent

Published: February 22 2015

Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. Lent recalls for us our Baptism, or the renewal of our baptismal promises. By Baptism, we participate in the...

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Ash Wednesday

Published: February 18 2015

*It is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season!* * *Everybody, stop everything! Let our tomb - like hearts and systems be broken open in lament...

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Ash Wednesday 2015

Published: February 18 2015

As the ashes mark each forehead we hear: ‘Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return’ or ‘Repent and preach/believe the Gospel.’ The first assertion establishes...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 15 2015

There is no hard evidence in the world of the Old Testament for Hansen’s Disease or leprosy as we know it until after 333 BCE when Alexander’s...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 08 2015

The readings of this Sunday challenge us to rise from the lethargy of the sameness of life to go out to serve others. How do we see...

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The Presentation of the Lord

Published: February 02 2015

In this story of Simeon and Anna, the scenes which describe the birth of Jesus move significantly from the caves and the open countryside of the shepherds,...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 01 2015

In the synagogue of Capernaum, Jesus makes himself at home. It is Sabbath morning and he gathers with the community for prayer. He begins to teach. We...

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3nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 25 2015

As I read the Gospel for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, I had a sense of being called. Jesus said: “Come after me, and I will...

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 18 2015

Everything in today’s liturgy speaks to us of VOCATION, beginning with the story of Eli and Samuel. God called Samuel when he was still a child –...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Published: January 11 2015

For this Feast, the words of the Gospel that I pray will echo in my heart and will find room in our world and in our daily...

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Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Published: January 04 2015

So many images catch our attention on this Feast Day.  Mangers, big and small, in churches, homes and public places include the statues of three men, three...

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Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Published: January 01 2015

Beginnings are often filled with promise. No wonder we celebrate the coming of the New Year with our hopes and dreams and often our resolutions to “do...

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Feast of the Holy Family

Published: December 28 2014

The star of wonder, star of light, star of royal beauty bright, continues to shine through today’s Scripture message. That star is not mentioned in this Gospel....

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Midnight Mass: The Nativity of the Lord

Published: December 25 2014

Today in the city of David “a Savior is born for us.” Isn’t this child, born for us, a gift, par excellence? This child is a visible...

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Mass at Dawn: The Nativity of the Lord

Published: December 25 2014

Often when we pray, we are drawn to a particular word among the many words in a Scripture narrative.  In this beautiful and familiar Christmas story which...

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Mass during the Day: The Nativity of the Lord

Published: December 25 2014

*"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. and the Word was God." — John 1:1* Did you know that *Dictionary.com* has 14...

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Vigil of the Nativity

Published: December 24 2014

In this Gospel, Matthew offers a *family record of Jesus Christ,* son of David, son of Abraham. Matthew first highlights the journey of the ancestors — a...

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4th Sunday of Advent

Published: December 21 2014

Many years ago I was fortunate to be visiting Florence, Italy in the month of August. A memorable experience was my visit to the Dominican Monastery of...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 14 2014

I am reminded of a hauntingly beautiful song, “How can I keep from singing?” that seems at home on this 3rd Sunday of Advent, this Gaudete Sunday, this...

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published: December 08 2014

It is the season of Advent and Mary is certainly a key figure in the events of the season. So much has been written about Mary through...

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 07 2014

The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the Book of Isaiah, "Look I am going to send...

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1st Sunday of Advent

Published: November 30 2014

*Meditation-Stay Awake* It’s very easy to get stuck in the routine and monotony of life today and even become quite complacent when hearing and seeing all the negative...

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Feast of Christ the King of the Universe

Published: November 23 2014

Today is the feast of the King! Joy! He, King of the whole universe, has all power over all things: persons, systems, nations, peoples, and nature. He...

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Festa de Jesus Cristo Rei do Universo

Published: November 23 2014

Hoje é a festa do Rei! Alegria! Ele, Rei do Universo todo, tem todo poder sobre todas as coisas, pessoas, sistemas, nações, povos, natureza. Ele tudo pode...

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Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Published: November 09 2014

The image of an emotionally-charged Jesus overturning tables of money changers and driving out buyers and sellers of animals from the temple with a whip would be...

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Feast of All Souls

Published: November 02 2014

In 2007, All Soul’s Day came for me on the fourth of July. I was traveling with an interfaith group in the Czech Republic, and three of...

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Feast of All Saints

Published: November 01 2014

The Gospel for this Sunday, the *Feast of All Saints,* begins as follows: "When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had...

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 26 2014

The Gospel of this Sunday gives us an opportunity to reflect on the greatest commandment. It is first cited in the Old Testament: “Hear, O Israel: The...

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 19 2014

“I am the Lord and there is no other. There is no God besides me.” In the first reading and the Gospel for the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary...

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 12 2014

There are many layers to this parable and many historical interpretations. However for those of us reading it today, perhaps there are certain challenges pertaining to the global...

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 05 2014

One Sunday morning when I was leading the children in their celebration of the Liturgy of the Word, a little boy said to me, “It’s not about...

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 28 2014

It is amazing how often we find Jesus drawn to characters who have their minds well and truly made up, who are slow to believe. Sometimes we...

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 21 2014

One morning returning from an 8:00 am Mass in South Africa where I had recently arrived, we passed a large field crowded with men in royal blue...

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Published: September 14 2014

On the birthday of St. Julie Billiart this summer, approximately 100 Sisters of Notre Dame gathered outside the Chapter Room on the campus of Trinity Washington University in...

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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 07 2014

In preparing this reflection, three questions emerged: How do we handle disagreements and conflicts in our personal, professional, and communal relationships? Do we deal with this tension honestly...

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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 31 2014

*What can one give in exchange for one’s life?* As I prepared to reflect for Glimpses of God’s Goodness for this Sunday in August, two experiences came...

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 24 2014

*“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven”* Only last Sunday we heard the words of Jesus - woman, great is your faith! In...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 17 2014

Om goed het leven van Jezus, zijn gebaren en zijn leer te verstaan , moeten wij deze telkens terugplaatsen in hun historische context .Hij leefde in een...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 17 2014

To understand the life of Jesus, his gestures and his teaching, we should always reconstitute a fresh look the historic context. Jesus lived in a time of...

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Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published: August 15 2014

For the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, do you remember when Pope Pius XII declared this to be a dogma of the Church? It was in...

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 10 2014

In both the first reading and the Gospel today, strong violent winds figure. Elijah, discouraged with the unfaithfulness of his people and afraid of their anger at his...

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Feast of the Transfiguration

Published: August 06 2014

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration, August 6, 2014. It is also the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States...

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 03 2014

This Gospel is familiar, perhaps too familiar, and it is always good to slow down and look very carefully at what we think we already know. We...

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 27 2014

*Meditation: God’s limitless love* Today money and power have become the greatest treasure that people wish to possess. We seem to live at a very superficial level thinking...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 20 2014

Today’s Gospel is definitely a three course meal! There is not just one parable on the reign of God to “digest” but three! We have the parable...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 13 2014

It is customary among the Ibo people of Nigeria that, when addressing important community or family issues, the elders often speak to the people in figurative language....

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 06 2014

We hold a treasure…not made of gold…in earthen vessels…wealth untold!  You might recognize these words. They echo the hymn, Earthen Vessels, which resonated in my being as I...

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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

Published: June 29 2014

The Gospel opens with the disciples on the beach. Peter says: "I’m going fishing." One can even imagine what he is thinking or feeling: "That's what I...

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festa dos santos Pedro e Paulo

Published: June 29 2014

O Evangelho abre com os discípulos, e provavelmente as discípulas, nas margens do mar. Pedro diz: “Vou pescar.” Pode-se até imaginar que ele está pensando ou sentindo: “É...

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Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Published: June 28 2014

On Saturday, June 28, we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  While devotion to the Heart of Mary dates back to the 17th century,...

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Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Published: June 27 2014

Thanks to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Julie Billiart was able to walk again and to spread the goodness of God to those...

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Fête du Sacré-Coeur

Published: June 27 2014

Grâce à sa dévotion au Sacré-Cœur de Jésus Ste Julie a pu marcher et répandre la bonté de Dieu aux pauvres. C'est une dévotion importante pour nous,...

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Published: June 22 2014

What a beautiful day to celebrate the anniversary of the Canonization of St. Julie Billiart. The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ brings...

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The Most Holy Trinity

Published: June 15 2014

Nearly sixty years ago, as young teenagers we had a wonderful teacher for Religious Education. Most of our class were given Distinctions in our Certificates of Religious Education....

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Feast of Pentecost

Published: June 08 2014

*Tongues of fire, speaking in tongues, people astounded! *Peter, with a new-found courage standing with the eleven, raises his voice and proclaims! The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells...

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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Published: June 01 2014

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, ‘the hour has come’ when he would be glorified by his Father. To attain this glory, Jesus knew that he had to...

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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published: May 31 2014

Mary takes to the road, to the mountain country to visit her relative. Mary was a very young girl when she made this journey. She was also...

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Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

Published: May 29 2014

Every year I teach an adult formation class for lay ministers in our diocese, for all those involved in pastoral work. In the first class I ask...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Published: May 25 2014

We are in the sixth week of Easter. How quickly the time has passed! We continue with the joy that makes us experience the RESURRECTED ONE and...

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LA SEXTA SEMANA DE PASCUA

Published: May 25 2014

  Ya estamos en la sexta semana de Pascua, guau que rápido se pasa el tiempo,  continuamos con la alegría que nos hace sentir el RESUCITADO y hoy...

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

Published: May 18 2014

“In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to my senses in a dark forest, for I had lost the straight path,” so begins...

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Feast of St. Julie Billiart

Published: May 13 2014

With her *Canonization* in June of 1969, May 13 was set as the feast day of *St. Julie Billiart, the Co-foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame...

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

Published: May 11 2014

The Alleluia verse sets the theme for today’s liturgy:* “I am the good shepherd says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.”* (Jn 10:14) Each...

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TERCEIRO DOMINGO DA PÁSCOAL

Published: May 04 2014

*“Ardia nosso coração quando Ele nos falava no caminho”* Naquele, mesmo dia dois discipulos estavam indo para uma aldeia chamada Emaús , cerca de sete milhas [a] de Jerusalém....

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Third Sunday of Easter

Published: May 04 2014

*"It burned our hearts when He walked along the way..."* Reflection: On the Road to Emmaus Today's Gospel tells the story about two disciples of Jesus, who were...

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Second Sunday of Easter

Published: April 27 2014

“Peace be with you.” How often Jesus greets his disciples with this phrase! Easter is a season of peace which follows the cleansing of Lent. How...

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The Resurrection of the Lord

Published: April 20 2014

*Easter Musings: Life… Death… Resurrection* The Easter story boasts profound topics. The power of the Resurrection errupts into our lives! The author, Ched Meyers, says of conversion that...

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Easter Vigil

Published: April 19 2014

*Reflection: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places…* Many years ago in the United States, there was a popular song with the refrain: “Looking for love...

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Friday of the Passion of the Lord

Published: April 18 2014

One of my favorite sayings is attributed to St. Francis: Preach the Gospel always; if necessary use words. When I was a child, Lent was a family...

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Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Published: April 17 2014

My family chose today’s Gospel, the washing of the feet, for my father’s funeral. Yes, it is true that we saw this story as symbolic of his...

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Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Published: April 13 2014

Today’s Gospel covers many profound events, so I have ventured to contemplate the suffering of Jesus on the cross and the experience of the surrounding witnesses. People shout...

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5th Sunday of Lent

Published: April 06 2014

YOUR WORD O LORD IS SPIRIT AND LIFE. This refrain to a Responsorial Psalm, available in the liturgical repertoire, comes to mind in reflecting on today’s Gospel, while...

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4th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 30 2014

Gifted with healing sight, the man in today’s Gospel refuses to be intimidated, coerced or made to doubt or deny the truth of his own experience of...

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Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord2

Published: March 25 2014

Today’s readings offer us an instructive and beautiful conversation about the “obedience of faith” to which each of us is called by God. They comment on one...

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Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

Published: March 25 2014

Look Listen Pay Attention. What does God ask of you, ask of me this day? Whose voice is God's messenger? And, how can this be?  What part of your life is...

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 23 2014

*“I AM *the one who is speaking to you.” These profound words of Jesus to the woman he meets at the well are spoken at the end...

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St. Joseph

Published: March 19 2014

Perhaps you are familiar with the poem about the less travelled road…The person who took the less travelled road reflects on the experience and realizes the great...

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2nd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 16 2014

In the days preceding the Transfiguration, Jesus had questioned Peter: *“Who do you say I am?”* Peter answered: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!”...

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1st Sunday of Lent

Published: March 09 2014

Adam and Jesus are opponents in the reading of the First Sunday of Lent. We already know Adam does not represent an historical person. He is the...

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Ash Wednesday

Published: March 05 2014

Another Lent begins today! As we begin Lent 2014, we have already lived through so many Lents, have we not? But “even now, says the Lord, return...

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8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: March 02 2014

Today’s Gospel, part of the Sermon on the Mount, can allow us to relax with great confidence, in knowing that we are in the hands of our...

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7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 23 2014

Pope Francis said, “While we see all kinds of intolerance and fundamentalism taking over relations between individuals, groups and peoples, let us dare to live and teach the...

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6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 16 2014

*'I have come not to abolish...but to fulfill/complete....’* Among Christians of Jewish origin the role of the Law of Moses in their lives was a crucial question that...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 09 2014

Today’s Gospel is part of the Sermon on the Mount and follows on after the Beatitudes. For Jesus, these Beatitudes were a way of life for people...

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Feast Day of the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan

Published: February 05 2014

Although I did not know real pain in our lives, it was always my dream when I was a little child to be a martyr. I wanted...

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Published: February 02 2014

The author of Luke-Acts writes about 50 to 55 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Whether he was a Gentile or a Jewish Christian is still being...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 26 2014

The context of today’s reading is the period following the testing in the desert, when Jesus learns of John’s arrest. He leaves Nazareth and goes to Capernaum....

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 19 2014

The Church invites us in the liturgy, both on last Sunday, commemorating the Baptism of the Lord, and today, on Sunday of the Second Week of Ordinary...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Published: January 12 2014

  At the end of 2013, I attended a gratitude party made up of 12 women from different religious traditions.  We prepared for the celebration by listing sixty...

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Published: January 05 2014

Questions? Questions! Do you see what I see? Do you hear what I hear? You may be able to hear the melody of this Christmas carol, as...

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