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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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Sunday Scripture readings, April 30, 2017

April 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 2:14, 22-33

            Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11

            2) 1 Peter 1:17-21

            Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

 

I once served on a parish committee that was tasked with developing a comprehensive design for the interior of our new sanctuary. The idea was to plan the entire decor so that all the artistic elements combined — stained glass, statuary, wall decoration, crucifix — would create a meaningful space to enhance worship.

During our discussions, some committee members observed how the atmosphere in certain churches seemed to enliven the presence of God. Our design consultant, an accomplished artist in a variety of media, also reminded us about the quality of art to both teach and transport. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 23, 2017

April 20th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

 

Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 2:42-47

            Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

            2) 1 Peter 1:3-9

            Gospel: John 10:19-31

 

We all know people who endure hardships and trials but who never seem to complain or grumble. They manage to remain positive and joyful through it all. I wish I could count myself among those people, but I admit to being sometimes a bit slow to see the silver lining in the cloud. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 16, 2017

April 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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The Resurrection of the Lord

 

1) Acts 10:34a, 37-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

2) Colossians 3:1-4

Gospel: John 20:1-9

 

I’ve long wondered why “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad,” was the responsorial psalm chosen for Easter, the most important celebration of the year for Christians.

Not that there’s anything inappropriate in it, but I’ve always taken it to mean each day is a gift from God, so appreciate it. The verse just never seems momentous enough. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 9, 2017

April 6th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

 

Gospel at the Procession With Palms: Matthew 21:1-11

            1) Isaiah 50:4-7

            Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24

            2) Philippians 2:6-11

            Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66

 

What is the difference between Peter and Judas, both of whom denied Jesus? One becomes the rock upon which the church is founded, our first pope and a great saint. The other becomes synonymous with personal betrayal by a kiss and famous as history’s ultimate traitor.

When someone is mad at me, I don’t like it. Why? Truth be told: I don’t like the guilt of being “guilty” … busted, exposed, vulnerable, sinful. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 2, 2017

March 30th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fifth Sunday of Lent

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Ezekiel 37:12-14

            Psalm 130:1-8

            2) Romans 8:8-11

            Gospel: John 11:1-45

 

When it became clear that my mother was not going to survive her cancer, along with the devastation of this news and the heartache I felt, I also realized that I had never been to a funeral.

I was 25 years old and, thankfully, I had not lost anyone extremely close to me up to that point in my life. I did not want my mother’s funeral to be my first, so I started to attend funeral Masses for people from my parish, even if I did not know them well. Read more »

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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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