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Scripture Reflection

  • Called to serve the king

    On this last Sunday of the church’s liturgical year, we focus our attention on Jesus as the king of the universe. What a divine irony there was on Calvary when the cross became his instrument of victory, and a condemned thief was the first to be assured of a place in his kingdom.
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  • His people, living and dead, will be victorious

    Years ago a popular bumper sticker read: “Stop the world! I want to get off!” It reflected the frustration, anger, and helplessness at the insanity in the world. Aren’t we too at times exasperated by the world and national events?
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  • Making room for more of God’s gift

    Ruth Burrows, a little known but noteworthy contemporary author of spiritual books, stresses time and again in her small, powerful books and essays (one thinks especially of her masterpiece “Guidelines for Mystical Prayer”) that God is always looking to share with us as much of his grace as we can receive.
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  • Throwing aside the garment of worldly attachment

    What must I do to be saved? To ask this question – truly, authentically, honestly, in the depths of our hearts – is already a profound gift of grace from Jesus Christ. How often do we ask this question? How seriously do we take this question? Do we realize it is possible not to be saved?
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  • Sons of thunder: ‘We want power’

    Since the Second Vatican Council there has been a lot of confusion about power in the American church. To some Vatican II became an opportunity to “restructure” the distribution of power in Catholicism.
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  • Unity marks God’s kingdom

    In the Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for their “hardness of hearts.”
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  • God’s most amazing surprise

    At the Mass on Oct. 13, 2014 at St. Martha guesthouse in the Vatican, Pope Francis reflected on the God of surprises.
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  • God’s hand in our struggles

    Having grown up in a house full of boys (I am the third of four) I can easily picture the argument the Apostles were having along the road to Capernaum about who among them was the greatest.
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  • Christ’s cross is our hope

    This Sunday Jesus gives us the doctrine of the fruitfulness of His Cross – a beautiful preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sept. 14 and Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15.
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  • Practicing ‘custody of the eyes’

    In Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, the Pharisees are up in arms (as usual) about their observations of Christ’s religious observance.
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  • Tasting the ‘living bread’

    Marie is a extraordinary minister of holy Communion in her parish. Each Sunday she attends the 10 a.m. Mass.
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  • Nourishing body, mind, heart and soul

    Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
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  • ‘Come away and rest a while’

    According to USA Today, (May 25, 2014) the ratio of priests to parishioners in 2010 was 1:1,653. That would mean if each priest spent six minutes with each parishioner, he would have two hours and 42 minutes left per week to eat, sleep, pray and rest.
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  • Living out of a deep spirit of Christian joy

    The world into which Jesus sent the Twelve to preach the Gospel is different than the world into which today’s evangelists labor. More than anything else, residents of our contemporary Western world are imbued with a naturalist mentality.
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  • Called to blind trust in God’s power and love

    The Book of Job is about the problem of suffering: How can the goodness and power of God be reconciled with the reality of suffering in the world? Where is God in my suffering? How can God expect me to be a disciple and a believer with such anguish in my heart, with such pain in my life?
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  • The veiled language of parables

    In the Disney film, “Mary Poppins,” one of the more aggravating qualities of the magical nanny, to Mr. George Banks, is that he cannot understand her eccentric ways that seem to energize his children as he never could.
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  • Preparing to enter God’s presence at Mass

    Mark’s Gospel is terribly brief. In fact, it is often tagged “The Passion with an Introduction.” Given that fact, why would the inspired writer take time to talk about how the Apostles prepared for the first Mass?
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  • Celebrating the birthday of God’s new presence

    In today’s Gospel reading, we are presented with a picture of a city deeply divided by hatred and fear.
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  • Called to witness, to the ends of the earth

    Disheartened, the abbot of a renowned monastery consults with a holy man living in the mountains about steeply declining numbers of his monks. He wonders what sin might have led to this situation.
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  • What it means to truly love

    Even though it came out a while ago, I recently found myself watching the very popular movie called “The Hunger Games.”
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