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Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 3, 2017

August 31st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Jeremiah 20:7-9

            Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9

            2) Romans 12:1-2

            Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27

 

Jesus lets Peter have it

 

“Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly. … Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, ‘God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you'” (Mt 16:21-22).

It has often been pointed out that Peter’s response to Jesus is self-contradictory. He calls Jesus “Lord” but tells him what to do. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 27, 2017

August 24th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A Readings

            1) Is 22:19-23

            Psalm 138: 1-3, 6, 8

            2) Rom 11:33-36

            Gospel: Mt 16:13-20

 

Our one foundation

Surveys and opinion polls are part of everyday life. And while we may or may not agree with their results, one thing is certain — when a survey or poll is taken, people have diverse and even contradictory views about the same issue, event or public figure.

A survey of sorts unfolds in today’s Gospel, but with a difference. For the one conducting the survey is Jesus himself who asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 13, 2017

August 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1) 1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A

Psalm 85:9-14

2) Romans 9:1-5

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33

 

God Speaks in Silence

“God is a friend of silence,” said St. Teresa of Kolkata.

Amid the noise and busyness of each day moments of silence are sacred spaces in which God speaks his love, mercy and wisdom. We grow in friendship with God in times of silence, however brief and fleeting. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, July 30, 2017

July 27th, 2017 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A Readings

1) 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12

Psalm 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130

2) Romans 8:28-30

Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

 

God desires our friendship. So much so that Jesus, the Son of God, willingly accepted suffering and death on a cross to reconcile the world to God.

I know this is the central belief of Christian faith. But do I really believe God wants to be “my” friend? Do I desire God’s friendship as much as God desires “my” love? Read more »

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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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