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Sunday Scripture readings, March 26, 2017

March 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Lent

            1) 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a

            Psalm 23:1-6

            2) Ephesians 5:8-14

            Gospel: John 9:1-41

 

In the U.S. there is an eight-month period called daylight saving time. Each fall, we move our clocks back one hour and in the spring we move the clock an hour ahead (“spring forward, fall back”).

Aside from confusing my body’s sleep cycle and causing people to be an hour late for Mass one Sunday out of the year, the manipulation of the clock serves a useful purpose. Taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours during those eight months presumably allows us to use less electricity in lighting our homes and thus conserve energy. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 19, 2017

March 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Exodus 17:3-7

            Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9

            2) Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

            Gospel: John 4:5-42

 

Why are you a Christian? What is it that has causes you to follow a man who walked the earth about 2,000 years ago, never traveled too far from his home and died a criminal’s death? Why do you go to church on Sundays and, for that matter, why are you reading this column? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture Readings, March 12, 2017

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Second Sunday of Lent
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20, 22
2) 2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9
The “mountain” where I recently experienced Jesus transfigured was actually a kitchen table.
My women’s faith sharing group meets only once a month and sometimes not even that often. But we’ve committed to stay together because we love each other and have a deep spiritual connection in which Jesus is always present.
Our last gathering began typically, sitting around Nancy’s kitchen table as women do, eating snacks and chatting about the latest happenings in our lives — catching up on each other’s families and situations. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 5, 2017

March 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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First Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7

            Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17

            2) Romans 5:12-19

            Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11

 

Was the original sin of Adam and Eve a matter of simply disobeying God’s command to not eat of a certain tree when tempted by a snake? Or was it a deeper issue: falling prey to the devil’s false promise that they could attain equality with God by partaking of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 26, 2017

February 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Isaiah 49:14-15
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
2) 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
I will be showing my age and possibly run the risk of losing many Generation X and millennial readers when I use this example, but sometimes when I feel at the end of my rope, or look around at the state of the world or even look at how my day-to-day life can seem out of control, I often think of a 1970s television show called “Hee Haw.” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 19, 2017

February 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2) 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48

 
A grieving mother, speaking to the press after her son was charged with a deadly act of terrorism, is incredulous. “I don’t know where this came from. We have a loving home. Our family always has been respectful and caring,” she says. “Why would he do this? That’s not who we are!” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 12, 2017

February 8th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Sirach 15:15-20

            Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34

            2) 1 Corinthians 2:6-10

            Gospel: Matthew 5:17-37

 

Most people would agree that living an ethical life boils down to our personal choices between “good” and “evil.” Others might use different criteria, such as useful or not useful, pleasurable or not pleasurable, etc. Whatever our standards, we value the freedom to identify our own paths as one of the most treasured aspects of being human, and we resist someone else’s telling us what to do. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Feb. 5, 2017

February 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A. Readings:

1) Isaiah 58:7-10

Psalm 112:4-9

2) 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16

 

When Jesus tells his disciples, “You are the salt of the earth,” his metaphor may have evoked bad memories and feelings of horror. At the least, it may have seemed a puzzling statement.

Under Roman domination, Jewish peasant farmers had to pay several annual taxes. Most burdensome were the Temple tax of half a shekel to Jerusalem authorities and property tax to local magistrates levied at a sizable percent of their agricultural produce. If they refused or were delinquent, Roman soldiers would cruelly salt their fields to destroy their livelihood. The threat was terrifying. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 29, 2017

January 26th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Cycle A. Readings:
1) Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
Psalm 146:6-10
2) 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a
Once a week, I help out at an after-school center in my community. The long-standing program, which provides supervision and enrichment activities for disadvantaged children, is a place of pride for the community because it fills an important need for many struggling families and has become a valuable resource in improving the prospects for their children. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Jan. 15, 2017

January 12th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Isaiah 49:3, 5-6

            Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10

            2) 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

            Gospel: John 1:29-34

 

I went to the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time at age 33 and, as a convert to Catholicism, I was surprised by a palpable sense of relief and gratitude for God’s forgiveness.

Years later, I’m finally coming to the deeper understanding that reconciliation through Christ means he has paid the ransom to free me from my sinfulness. Read more »

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