Third Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2018 Today we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent. In former days today was known as ‘Gaudete’ Sunday, or “Rejoicing Sunday.” We light the third candle on our Advent wreath which for today is Rose. The purple of Advent and the white of Christmas mingle to give us...

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Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018 Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent. This weekend we are introduced to the precursor of the Messiah, John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin. He was the voice crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His path.’ John was proclaiming a...

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First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2018 Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent. Happy New Year! The green of ordinary time is replaced with purple; not the purple of mourning and repentance, but the purple of expectant joy as we prepare for the nativity of our Lord. But, if all we do...

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Solemnity of Jesus Christ, Universal Lord and King

November 25, 2018 Today we celebrate the final Sunday in Ordinary Time. On what would be the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time. the Church culminates our Liturgical year with the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, Universal Lord and King. This weekend is a fitting conclusion to our celebrations this past year....

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 18, 2018 Today we celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This week we are just a week away from the end of another Liturgical Year of celebrating the birth, life, death, resurrection, and glory of our Lord. Next weekend we will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King....

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 11, 2018 Today we celebrate the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This week two widows feature prominently in our scripture readings and teach us something about putting God first. The widow of Sidon in our lesson from 1 Kings, offers hospitality expected in a culture without convenience stores and...

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 4, 2018 Today we celebrate the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time. The famous poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning asked, “How do I love thee?” In today’s Gospel Jesus answers a similar question posed by a scholar of the law. Jesus simply quotes the passage from Deuteronomy, which every faithful Jew...

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 28, 2018 Today we celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Church year is winding down with just three more weeks before we conclude with the Feast of Christ the King, (Nov. 25th). As we continue our journey of discipleship, learning from Jesus the cost of being disciples,...

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 21, 2018 Today we celebrate the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. When this past year’s class of permanent deacons was ordained this past Spring, there was a headline in our St. Louis Review that I didn’t notice, but a bishop friend of mine saw it. The Headline read, “Ordained...

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 14, 2018 Today we celebrate the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As Jesus encounters a wealthy young man asking what he must do to inherit eternal life, we are drawn into the scene, as Jesus clearly indicates the cost of discipleship. The man has been a devout observer of...

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