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Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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In many ways, the Gospel of Mark is quite mysterious. Even a superficial reading often leads to many questions. A deeper reading may give some answers, but reveals many more puzzles.

During Holy Week, as we reflect on the passion narratives presented in the Gospels, we may notice that, although Jesus surely went to Jerusalem many times throughout his life to observe the Jewish feasts, Mark recounts only one visit (Mk 11:1-10). Why would that be? Read more »

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Holy Week: The week we live at church

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Spiritual writer, Kathleen Norris, in her book, “The Cloister Walk,” shares her Holy Week schedule. It includes morning prayers, choir rehearsal, evening liturgy services but what I really noticed, was right smack in the middle of her afternoons, she wrote “NAP!!!” Yes, in capital letters and extra exclamation points. 

I was grateful to read this, as if Norris gave me permission to admit the exhaustion of Holy Week. As we walk through the story of Christ’s passion, I feel it in every atom of both my body and my soul.  Read more »

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Stories of Palm Sunday

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The Palm Sunday cry of Christians, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” was heard many centuries ago in Jerusalem’s streets. It still is heard today.

The words of this cry are so familiar that their meaning risks being overlooked or taken for granted. They hold a great challenge, however. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Palm Sunday

March 19th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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The Palm Sunday cry, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,”

A boy portraying Jesus rides a wooden donkey in the procession during Palm Sunday Mass at Sts. Philip and James Church in St. James, N.Y. Although Jesus would have traveled to Jerusalem many times throughout his life, Mark’s Gospel details only one journey to highlight Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city as messiah-king, and to emphasize the events that lead up to and culminate in his death and resurrection. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) 

 

challenges every Christian and every Christian community.

During Holy Week, we relive and review our personal walk with Christ. 

Mark’s Gospel is oriented toward the death and resurrection of Jesus, and this climax begins with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 18, 2018

March 15th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Cycle B

1) Jer 31:31-34

Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15

2) Heb 5:7-9

Gospel: Jn 12:20-33

 

Having God as Father

What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.

But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God.  Read more »

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A litany of humility for the everyday

March 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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A litany is a series of petitions made in prayer. The Litany of Humility is a popular — if challenging — devotion today. 

Lent offers the perfect opportunity to pray for and work toward growing in humility. While the traditional Litany of Humility is a powerful “gut check” in prayer, Catholics can craft their own litanies to suit their specific needs. Read more »

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Happily humble: Virtue in a competitive world

March 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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To me, two of the most striking and humbling passages in the Bible are from Mark 14:53-65 and Mark 15:1-5, where Jesus is grilled first by the Temple hierarchy and then by Pilate about his identity.

By this point in Scripture, Our Lord has cured the sick and lame, and expelled demons. He has multiplied loaves and fishes. He has walked on water. And he stands before his accusers, undoubtedly knowing he could take one breath and destroy them and free himself. Read more »

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How to grow in humility in the social media era this Lent 

March 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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When I was in college, a classmate posted on Ash Wednesday that she was giving up Facebook for Lent. Thursday, she joined Twitter. Funny? Yes. Inconceivable? No.

This begs the question, What was she hoping to get out of giving up Facebook for Lent? Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Lenten series: Humility

March 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Humility seeks to put others first and ourselves last. For the Christian, it is about putting

A woman prays during a Jan. 3 Mass at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Houston. Lent offers the perfect opportunity to pray for and work toward growing in humility. (CNS photo/James Ramos, Texas Catholic Herald) 

Christ first.

Mindfulness of others, gratitude, our constant need for growth and improvement — these help us to balance the uneasy coexistence of moving about in this competitive world while striving to live our faith.

Lent offers the perfect opportunity to pray for and work toward growing in humility.

 

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 11

March 8th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Lent
Cycle B
1) 2 Chr 36:14-16, 19-23
Psalm 137:1-6
2) Eph 2:4-10
Gospel: Jn 3:14-21
 
The Gospel in a nutshell
 
Looking for a summary of the Christian faith? This Sunday’s Gospel is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). 
St. John brings us to the heart of the Gospel and the heart of Christian faith. 

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