Palm Sunday

April 14, 2019 Today we celebrate the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion. Mass begins with joy as we sing Hosanna to the Son of David. We commemorate the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But that joy diminishes quickly as we enter the Liturgy of...

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5th Sunday of Lent

April 7, 2019 Today we celebrate the Fifth Sunday of Lent. We are nearing the holiest week of the entire Church year as we celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Next Sunday will be Palm Sunday. In today’s Gospel scene of forgiveness of the woman “caught...

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4th Sunday of Lent

March 31, 2019 Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent. On this Sunday we are given one of Jesus’ famous parables, “The Prodigal Son.” It is a good Lenten story that speaks to us in different ways. It could easily be also the “Parable of the Prodigal older brother,”...

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3rd Sunday of Lent

March 24, 2019 Today we celebrate the 3rd Sunday of Lent. As the journey continues, we are challenged to look at our vision; how we see things. We all operate from a basic view of life. The way we view God, others, and life guides most of our actions. Lent...

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2nd Sunday of Lent

March 17, 2019 Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Lent. On this Sunday we normally hear the story of the Transfiguration on Mt. Tabor. (Several parishioners and I will be celebrating Mass there on our pilgrimage.) This amazing manifestation to Peter, James, and John occurs as Jesus is heading...

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1st Sunday of Lent

March 10, 2019 Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent, within our annual journey to the cross and to the empty tomb. These next 40 days are an annual opportunity to relive the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death, and Resurrection with mind and heart renewed. The ashes are...

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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

March 3, 2019 Today we celebrate the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time. This will be the last Sunday of this brief season of Ordinary Time as Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. Today’s first reading is from the Book of Sirach, also known as Wisdom. A recurrent theme in...

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 17, 2019 Today we celebrate the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today we hear St. Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. Unlike the familiar ones from Matthew, Chapter 5 and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, Luke balances the “blessed” sayings with others, beginning with the word, “woe.” Today’s lesson from...

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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 10, 2019 Today we celebrate the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time. All three of our readings this Sunday depict ‘call stories.’ Scripture scholars recognize that the type known as a call story has several unique elements. First, there’s an encounter with God or His messenger. Second, the would-be prophet...

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4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 3, 2019 Today we celebrate the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We hear this weekend of the job description for the prophetic vocation, in both the Old Testament Lesson from Jeremiah, the reluctant prophet, and from the Gospel Lesson where Jesus prophesizes in His native town of Nazareth. Jesus...

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