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Sunday Scripture readings, July 23, 2017

July 17th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16

2) Romans 8:26-27

Gospel: Matthew 13:24-33

 

I had a conversation with a group of colleagues who also happened to be parents of young children, and we were sharing stories of various parenting techniques that we observed. A couple of techniques and characteristics stood out as both exemplary and very effective. “The Look” was high on our list. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 16, 2017

July 13th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Isaiah 55:10-11

            Psalm 65:10-14

            2) Romans 8:18-23

            Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23

 

It seems as though every time I turn on the news another horrible event has occurred. One day it is war in Afghanistan or elsewhere, another day it is one more EF5 tornado tearing through one or more states, another day it is mighty rivers cresting from an overabundance of rain or wild fires because of too little. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 9, 2017

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings

1) Zechariah 9:9-10

Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14

2) Romans 8:9, 11-13

Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30

 

When in England, I went to visit my nephew Dominic. He lives in a group home with several other mentally challenged young adults. Dominic, with severe Down syndrome, has no speech. On this visit it was clear that Dominic recognized me and even reached out to touch me, something he never had done before. I was deeply moved. Walking back to the subway my memory took me back to the time when he was born. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 2, 2017

June 29th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19

2) Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42

 

One winter morning I awoke to the sound of wind rattling loose windows and making a sorrowful sound that can only be experienced on the windswept Colorado prairie. I was an only and often lonely child in a world of adults, watching the light, sifting snow accumulate in the interior corners of my windowsill. As this particular day progressed, I realized that the storm I was observing was unlike any I had witnessed in my young life. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 25, 2017

June 21st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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June 25, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings

            1) Jeremiah 20:10-13

            Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35

            2) Romans 5:12-15

            Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33

 

By mid-June, school vacation days have begun across most of the country. Breakneck schedules for families subside. During this blessed time, travel is usually on the agenda. Those of us who live where it is hot long to go to some place cool. On the other hand, those who have endured months of living in a deep freeze often plan trips to sunny realms.

No matter what direction the compass may lead us, the summer itinerary of most vacationers will include a visit to at least one historical site. Walking the same ground where our fellow human beings have been put to the test often mesmerizes us. Their past becomes part of our past, and their stories become part of our own. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 18, 2017

June 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a

            Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20

            2) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

            Gospel: John 6:51-58

 

My grandfather had been away from the church for more than 50 years. I only saw him a handful of times in my life because we always lived on opposite sides of the country.

I have a few memories of him though. When I was 16, he came for a visit, and I shook his hand with a rather limp effort. He looked me in the eye and proceeded to teach me how to shake another man’s hand: with a firm but not too powerful grip. I have put that into practice ever since. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 4, 2017

May 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday
Cycle A. Readings
          1) Acts 2:1-11
          Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31, 34
          2) 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
          Gospel: John 20:19-23
Tornado season is part of the landscape of spring. It brings with it images of the wind’s awesome power and autonomy. Alongside tragic stories of devastation there are incredible tales of straw driven through telephone poles and of beds, complete with sleepers, lifted out of houses and deposited unharmed, hundreds of feet away. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 21, 2017

May 18th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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May 21, Sixth Sunday of Easter

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

            Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-7a

            2) 1 Peter 3:15-18

            Gospel: John 14:15-21

 

I love the progression of this week’s Old Testament and New Testament readings, and how they speak to the “communication” of the Holy Spirit among believers.

The first reading tells about the apostles laying hands on new believers who then received the Holy Spirit. The Gospel talks about the Father sending an Advocate, “the Spirit of truth,” to those who love him, to live in them and reveal God to them (one might add, again and again). Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 14, 2017

May 11th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Easter

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 6:1-7

            Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19

            2) 1 Peter 2:4-9

            Gospel: John 14:1-12

 

I was 19 when my cousin came to live with my family. He was just out of the Marines. He was not doing very well and was lost in many ways. When we were children we had been close, but it had been a few years since we had seen each other, and trying to re-establish our friendship was hard. To complicate things, my faith was becoming very important to me, and he rarely darkened the door of a church. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 7, 2017

May 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

            1) Acts 2:14a, 36-41

            Psalm 23:1-6

            2) 1 Peter 2:20b-25

            Gospel: John 10:1-10

 

I clearly remember Captain Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” looking at a contraption on a wall and saying, “Tea, Earl Grey, hot.” The machine would beep, then magically a steaming mug of tea would appear on a shelf. The first time I saw this, I was amazed that all he had to do was say what he wanted and it appeared. Now, voice recognition software is a part of most smartphones and many computers.

If I push a button on my phone and say, “my hot wife,” a few seconds later I am speaking to my wife. I can also say, “Play Beatles,” and the next thing you know my phone is playing music. Sometimes modern technology really blows my mind. Read more »

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