Gospel Reflections

 


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 irrupts 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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Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Published: January 01 2014

As the New Year approaches, we often wish each other a “Blessed New Year” or “New Year Blessings.” This follows on the season Christmas when we also...

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Feast of the Holy Family

Published: December 29 2013

What are we to think and feel and understand about the following two Gospels with two contrasting messages from angels? In the Christmas Gospel of St. Luke, an...

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Feast of the Nativity Daytime

Published: December 25 2013

Karl Rahner once wrote “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not be at all.” The author of John’s Gospel, especially in this...

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Feast of the Nativity Dawn

Published: December 25 2013

Christmas Blessing! Advent is over – or is today an ongoing call in reminding us of the life to come? In the opening antiphon of today’s liturgy, we...

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Feast of the Nativity Daytime

Published: December 25 2013

Karl Rahner once wrote “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not be at all.” The author of John’s Gospel, especially in this...

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4th Sunday of Advent

Published: December 22 2013

In order to “Glimpse” at God’s Goodness revealed in today’s Gospel, we are guided by St. Paul in his letter to the Romans which is part of...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 15 2013

Les prophètes ont leur franc-parler,même envers les gens qui ont du pouvoir. L’un de ces prophètes est Jean Baptiste. Il a interpellé Hérode au sujet de sa...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 15 2013

Prophets speak straight out, even against people in power. One of those prophets is John the Baptist. He has reproved Herod by referring to his relationship with...

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Feast Day Gospel Reflection

Published: December 09 2013

This feast day precedes by nine months the feast of Mary’s birthday, on September 8th. The tradition of Mary’s Immaculate Conception dates back to the earliest church....

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Second Sunday of Advent

Published: December 08 2013

When I read this Sunday’s Advent Gospel, the image that came to mind was of  a modern-day “John the Baptist” in the middle of one busy, noise-...

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First Sunday of Advent

Published: December 01 2013

As I have reflected on the readings for this First Sunday of Advent, I have been drawn to think about the new understandings of our relationships with...

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Feast Day Gospel Reflection

Published: November 24 2013

Every Wednesday at Evening Prayer, we say the Canticle which is used as the second reading in today’s liturgy. Many of us know almost by heart this...

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: November 17 2013

What’s coming? Fire Uprooting Destruction. Fear of the name opens us to Sun of Justice, Healing relationships with earth, cosmos, systems, communities, races, families, tribes and our very own souls. God comes to rule the earth with right relationships. Along...

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32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: November 10 2013

In spite of the attempted baiting by the Pharisees and Sadducees or simply because the topic was brought up, Jesus gives his hearers a concise and significant...

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31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: November 03 2013

  Reflection Today’s reading is about intentions and the role they play in our lives. Jesus, your intention was simply to pass through the town… Zacchaeus’ intention, in longing to...

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Feast Day Gospel Reflection

Published: November 02 2013

In past centuries, our ancestors who lived without electrified nights marked the changing of the seasons, perhaps more than we do today. In the Northern Hemisphere, where the...

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Feast Day Gospel Reflection

Published: November 01 2013

As we begin to celebrate this Feast, we read in the Gospel of St. Matthew words which speak to us of *joy* and *happiness*. These words are...

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30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 27 2013

When asked in a recent interview, "Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?," Pope Francis responded, "…the best summary, the one that comes more from the inside and I...

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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 20 2013

The disciples of that day listen to Jesus as he tells the story of a widow who appealed to a judge for justice in her case. Neither...

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28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 13 2013

Faith and Gratitude The Gospel shows us a group of lepers who are with Jesus. Through Jesus, they find the mercy and love of God. In their misery...

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Feast Day Gospel Reflection

Published: October 12 2013

Latin-Americans have tremendous devotion to Our Lady. One of our major theologians has called Maria the “maternal face of God” or the most complete expression of God’s...

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27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: October 06 2013

  Disciples in the making! We are often caught off guard by Jesus in the Gospel stories.  Here again, we are surprised by his response to the Apostles’ request...

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 29 2013

Today we reflect on a story we hear often, a story that we encounter every day of our lives. Lazarus, a poor, sick, and homeless man, considered...

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VIGÉSIMO SEXTO DOMINGO DO TEMPO COMUM

Published: September 29 2013

Refletimos hoje uma história que ouvimos muito, uma história com que nos deparamos cada dia de nossa vida. Lazaro pobre, doente, mendigo, considerado igual a um cachorro, um...

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 22 2013

Like many of Jesus’ parables, this one of the dishonest steward leaves us appropriately scratching our heads and wondering what Jesus meant by praising this man. In...

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24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 15 2013

The three parables in today’s Gospel passage depict a similar theme of finding something that was lost and the spontaneous joy and celebration resulting from the recovery of...

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Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

Published: September 14 2013

When we reflect on the two words HOLY CROSS, we are confronted with a paradox. And all essential truths are, of necessity, paradoxes because they touch into...

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23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 08 2013

In today’s world, once an enterprise is identified, the costings begin. There will be other contenders. Each one will set out to undercut the other. The lower...

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22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: September 01 2013

The setting for today’s Gospel is a meal at the Pharisee’s house where Jesus is an invited guest. We are told specifically that these Pharisees were “watching...

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21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 25 2013

Many will attempt to enter and will not be able. Is this statement is discouraging? Not at all. Perhaps these words have the function of recalling that...

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21TIGSTE ZONDAG

Published: August 25 2013

*Velen zoeken binnen te geraken …maar ze mogen of kunnen niet…* Zijn deze woorden ontmoedigend ??? Helemaal niet . Wellicht willen zij er ons aan herinneren dat wij een...

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20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 18 2013

“Contradictions” seems like a significant word for the Gospel. It characterizes these verses in the Gospel for the community of Luke. In the beginning of the Gospel,...

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Feast of the Assumption

Published: August 15 2013

Under the African night sky, a night full of stars, around a blazing bonfire, a large group of Sisters of Notre Dame prayed, sang, danced, remembered, chanted,...

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19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 11 2013

This passage of St. Luke follows the verses 32-34 and helps us to better understand the text. In our youthful over-boldness we have answered the Lord's invitation...

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Negentiende zondag door het jaar

Published: August 11 2013

Deze pericope van de H.Lucas is voorafgegaan door verzen 32-34 als inleiding. In onze jonge overmoed hebben we gehoor gegeven aan Gods uitnodiging. En zonder vrees hebben...

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Feast of the Transfiguration

Published: August 06 2013

  FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGUATION OF THE LORD, August 6th 2013 Sister Joan Mary Brown, SNDdeN I have two memories of the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord....

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18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: August 04 2013

This weekend’s readings call attention to our attitudes and behaviors dealing with LIVING IN the present and LIVING FOR the future. As in the Gospel of last...

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 28 2013

As we read this Gospel, we may remember times, especially as children, when we asked our parents or an older sibling to teach us what we saw...

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16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 21 2013

The hospitality meal is a common motif in the Bible, as extending and receiving hospitality was a traditional Mediterranean value. The hospitality meal was an ordinary meal, made...

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15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 14 2013

We could rename today’s Gospel parable “The Compassionate One.” From its Latin linguistic origins, the word compassion, meaning “to suffer with,” describes the depth of the Samaritan’s commitment....

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14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: July 07 2013

Puccini’s last and some say greatest opera was *Turandot*. He began his masterful work perhaps by thinking it was the summation of his whole musical life but...

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13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: June 30 2013

This Gospel is rich and compelling. First, Jesus turns his face resolutely towards Jerusalem. Then, someone asks to follow him. Next, Jesus asks another to follow him...

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Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

Published: June 24 2013

*In a shared Faith reflection often more than one thought is expressed. Sometimes the reflections may build on another thought and sometimes they are unrelated to each...

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12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: June 23 2013

  “But you, who do you say I am? “ Jesus prays alone in the presence of his disciples. This is the setting for today’s Gospel. Luke’s Gospel...

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Canonization of St Julie

Published: June 22 2013

  How fitting that on the anniversary of the Canonization of St. Julie Billiart on June 22, 1969, there should be the commemoration of two martyrs who also...

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11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: June 16 2013

The last three lines of this Gospel must have been the most astounding for those who heard these words in the first centuries. Perhaps they are even...

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10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: June 09 2013

Our lives are filled with so many experiences of grief. We see people die in tragic circumstances. We lose loved ones who have meant so much to...

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Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Published: June 08 2013

I love the Marian feasts. They hold a special place for us as Sisters of Notre Dame and have a special place in our congregational life. So...

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Feast of the Sacred Heart

Published: June 07 2013

The Gospel for this feast explains the love of our God by using the image of the Good Shepherd. This is a shepherd so good that seeking...

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Feast of Corpus Christi

Published: June 02 2013

The feast of the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (formerly called Corpus Christi), carries with it many of the images, themes and symbols that...

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Feast of the Visitation

Published: May 31 2013

Today on the last day of Mary’s month we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation. This feast might well have been called The Meeting because it is...

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Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Published: May 26 2013

Created in Your Image Planner, maker, creator God,  all that exists is the work of your fingers. We breathe in your goodness and It makes us singers. Word of truth, You...

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Feast of Pentecost

Published: May 19 2013

*“The Spirit of the Lord has filled the whole world and that which contains all things understands what is said.”* The Pentecost event captures God’s dream for...

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Feast of St Julie

Published: May 13 2013

I would like to center the reflection for May 13, when Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur usually celebrate the feast in a faith context each year....

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Béatification de Julie Billiart

Published: May 13 2013

Je voudrais centrer la réflexion de la fête du 13 mai dont nous avons l'habitude de célébrer chaque année dans le contexte de la foi. Car comme...

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7th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 12 2013

This section of the Gospel, before the arrest and Passion of Jesus, helps us to enter into His solemn, final testament. It is as though we overhear...

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Feast of the Ascension

Published: May 09 2013

St. Matthew offers us an Easter apparition story, which mentions a mountain and the nations. As we know, the mountain is the place of divine manifestation: it...

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La Fête de l'Ascension

Published: May 09 2013

Saint Matthieu nous offre un récit d’apparition pascale, dans lequel il est mention de la montagne et des nations. Comme nous le savons, la montagne est le...

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6th Sunday of Easter

Published: May 05 2013

This year, I found that the readings of Holy Week and Easter have touched me differently, because, like you, I am in a very different place than...

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5th Sunday of Easter

Published: April 28 2013

The readings for this Sunday seem especially blended in a similar theme. The central message is about love and our sharing it. In the gospel, Christ says...

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4th Sunday of Easter

Published: April 21 2013

This weekend's liturgical readings mark a shift from Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances to selections that feature the teachings of Jesus on discipleship. This fourth Sunday of Easter which is...

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3rd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 14 2013

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

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TERCEIRO DOMINGO DE PÁSCOA

Published: April 14 2013

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 Annunciation

Published: April 08 2013

Today we celebrate the transferred feast of the Annunciation and we commemorate the death of St. Julie Billiart. This reflection begins a little before today's Gospel text,...

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2nd Sunday of Easter

Published: April 07 2013

In the gospel for the Second Sunday of Easter, we are invited once again to witness the extravagant love of our God in the exchange between the...

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Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord

Published: March 31 2013

As I read the beginning of the Gospel for the Mass of the Resurrection, the question comes to me: has Mary of Magdala had another restless night,...

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Feast of the Vigil of Easter

Published: March 30 2013

The entire liturgy for our Easter Vigil invites us to witness, and to enter into the miracle that is our salvation. The whole history of our salvation...

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Feast of Good Friday

Published: March 29 2013

Good Friday, is it a feast day or a day of mourning? If it is a feast day, then why do we celebrate, since the liturgy of...

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VENDREDI SAINT

Published: March 29 2013

  Le Vendredi saint, est- il un jour de fête ou de deuil ? Si c’est un jour de fête, que  célébrons- nous puisque la liturgie de ce...

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Feast of Holy Thursday

Published: March 28 2013

*“For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace/are all new born.”* (Alice Freeman Palmer) Like all of us, even as we leave...

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Feast of Palm Sunday

Published: March 24 2013

There is celebration and victory in the air this Sunday, but there is also an underside to the happenings that are so visible. Many of those present...

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5th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 17 2013

At the beginning of today’s Gospel, we hear that Jesus has been on the Mount of Olives praying; a very important beginning to his encounter with the...

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4th Sunday of Lent

Published: March 10 2013

*The Prodigal Son* The family business was prospering and later on the sons will be just as successful. Today the father is still the business manager. There is...

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QUATRIEME DIMANCHE DU CAREME

Published: March 10 2013

*L’Enfant prodigue* L’entreprise familiale marchait bien. Plus tard les 2 fils réussiront. Aujourd’hui le père dirige encore. On ne parle pas de la présence d’une mère. Chez Rembrandt, si....

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3rd Sunday of Lent

Published: March 03 2013

In today’s gospel, Jesus responds to some people who were questioning the why of suffering and death, just as Rabbi Kushner today asks, “Why do bad things...

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2nd Sunday of Lent

Published: February 24 2013

On this second Sunday of Lent, we read Luke’s account of the transfiguration of Jesus. More than any of the other evangelists, Luke is at pains to...

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1st Sunday of Lent

Published: February 17 2013

Reflecting on today’s Gospel, I recall a movie which I saw a while ago. “Cast Away” is about a man who was the sole survivor of a...

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5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 10 2013

“Do not be afraid.” How often have we sung those words? How often have we tried to talk ourselves into taking risks or praying about situations that...

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4th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: February 03 2013

“And the greatest of these is love” – the following of Christ is a life of love which has many graces, delights, trials and contradictions. Love is...

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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Published: February 02 2013

The National Museum of Sweden in Stockholm holds one of Rembrandt’s most beautiful paintings of the Presentation of the Lord among its treasures. It is composed of Rembrandt’s...

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3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 27 2013

At the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, we are introduced to Theophilus, a gentleman who had become my special friend during my Scripture studies. Perhaps he has become...

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2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Published: January 20 2013

This is the Sunday when we return to ordinary life after a celebration of great feasts of the Church. In the opening prayer we ask that “…..your...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Published: January 13 2013

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, the day that the heavens opened and Jesus heard a voice from above saying, *“You are my beloved Son,...

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Feast of Ephiphany

Published: January 06 2013

I am a star-gazer, but not the scientific kind. I would not know one constellation from another once you get past the big and little dippers. But...

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Feast of Ephiphany

Published: January 06 2013

I invite you to wonder about Epiphany through two different stories of inaugural events in the life of Jesus. In the western Church, the story of the...

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Feast of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Published: January 01 2013

Today we celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God – Theotokos, in Greek. It is also the World Day of Peace. Mary has been known in...

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La Solennité de Marie

Published: January 01 2013

Réflexion traduite par Sr Marie-Angèle Kitewo, SNDdeN Aujourd’hui nous célébrons la fête de Marie, Mère de Dieu, Theotokos (le mot grec). C’est aussi la journée mondiale de la...

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Feast of the Holy Family

Published: December 30 2012

The Sunday after Christmas is always a celebration of the feast of the Holy Family. The first and second readings provide insight into familial relationships. But like...

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Feast of the Nativity Daytime

Published: December 25 2012

Christmas is a big deal! And it is a big deal beyond Black Friday, finding the ‘right’ gifts, the decorations and wonderful family gatherings with traditional meals....

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NOËL : LA MESSE DE L’AURORE

Published: December 25 2012

Quelle merveilleuse rencontre entre les anges et les bergers! Ce sont deux groupes des messagers appartenant à deux catégories différentes. Les anges: habitants du monde céleste; et les...

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Feast of the Nativity Dawn

Published: December 25 2012

Translated by Sr. Eveleyn McKenna, SNDdeN What a marvelous meeting between the angels and the shepherds! These are two groups of messengers belonging to two different categories. The angels,...

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La fiesta de Navidad

Published: December 24 2012

Hoy, en Belén de Judá, les ha nacido un Salvador, que es el Mesías, el Señor Hoy es un típico día de caminar, trajinar haciendo las últimas compras...

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Feast of the Nativity Vigil

Published: December 24 2012

Translation by Sr. Mary Isabel Kilpatrick, SNDdeN Today in Bethlehem a Saviour has been born, who is Christ the Lord. Today is a typical day of doing the...

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4th Sunday of Advent

Published: December 23 2012

As we approach Christmas, it is difficult not to get caught up in the last minute Christmas rush. I just read that Mary was in a rush,...

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3rd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 16 2012

In this *Year of Faith*, perhaps the challenging question, in this passage, “What shall we do?” takes on a special significance. The crowds, tax-collectors and soldiers all asked...

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Published: December 09 2012

John the Baptist has a clear message. He is a man with a mission, a mission he first heard at the visit from Mary, carrying Jesus, the...

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Published: December 08 2012

The Gospel for the wonderful feast of the Immaculate Conception is Luke’s account of the Annunciation. In rendering the story of the Annunciation, Luke employs the standard form...

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1st Sunday of Advent

Published: December 02 2012

The opening lines of this Gospel which opens the Season of Advent can be compared to a great symphony of music where a full orchestra is playing...

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Feast of Christ the King

Published: November 25 2012

Here is an interesting encounter between Jesus and Pilate. Pilate asks Jesus:“Are you the king of the Jews?” Pilate appears to ask this question with a certain...

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