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Reflection – Advent Waiting

You may have grown up thinking of the Season of Advent as that four-week sprint just before Christmas.  Or, maybe you thought of it as the appetizer whose sole purpose was to get you to the main course—Christmas!  When you’re a kid waiting for presents (present company included), four weeks of Advent can seem like an eternity.  To say that the Season of Advent is four weeks long is liturgically correct albeit a bit short-sighted.  The Reign of God broke ...

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Homily – Christ the King – November 21st, 2021

We don’t use it in everyday language, but you may have heard the word “apocalypse”. Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning “revelation”— something is being revealed. So, the Book of Revelation, that second reading we heard from, is considered apocalyptic writing. The first reading, from the Book of Daniel, is also considered apocalyptic writing. Apocalyptic writing has to do with the end time (and here we are at the end of the liturgical year) and what will be revealed in ...

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Reflection – Christ the King….And So Much More

Several years ago, I was approached by a student from Crandall University and asked to do an interview about what it was like to be Roman Catholic.  This young lady was doing a project for her Religious Studies class and wanted to see the similarities, and differences, between the Baptist tradition, in which she was raised, and Roman Catholicism.  In her work for her project, she came to mass every Sunday for a month, interviewed myself and a couple of others, and ...

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Reflection – The Heart of the Matter

For this week’s reflection, I am going to digress a little from reflecting on the reading/gospel theme, though there is mention of ‘priests’, as has been a current theme these past few weeks, and I would like to reflect on what it means to be a PRIEST.

Priests are there for Baptism, First Penance, First Communion, Confirmation; for some, commitment in marriage; when the elderly or infirmed are anointed with the oil of the sick, presiding at funeral rites and consoling ...

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Homily – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – November 7th, 2021

Naïve story #1: As a young child, and listening to music coming from a transistor radio, I thought there was a shrunken jazz band actually inside the radio. I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works, even though I still have no idea how transmitters or receivers work. Naïve story #2: As a young child, when the collection basket was being passed around during Mass, I thought all of the money collected—100% of it–was going to help the poor. A ...

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Reflection – For What It’s Worth

“Beware of the scribes, who like to … be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats … and places of honour … They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers.”   For years I’ve heard this passage as a warning against hypocrisy and a condemnation of those who pretend to be loving and charitable when others are looking, but who are really only “in it for themselves.”  I have been comfortable ...

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Homily – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 31st, 2021

Only certain songs pass the test of time and are still sung or played on the radio decades after they first came out. One such song is Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle” which made its debut in 1974.  If you’re not familiar with it, the song is centered on a little boy who absolutely adores his father. The child wants nothing more than his father’s attention, but his father is too busy with work and commitments. The father keeps promising ...

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Reflection – God and God Alone

“The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.” (Deut 6:4-6)

Did you know that these words and their various translations, are deemed so important that they are an invocation to prayer for three major religions that claim Abraham as their father of faith: Judaism, Christianity ...

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Homily – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 24th, 2021

This gospel passage was one of the most important scripture stories told to those seeking baptism in the Church in the first few centuries.  It has lots to teach us as well.  Remember, only adults were baptized during the first 350 years of the Church’s existence. Back then, what they called the Catechumenate–and what we call the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults–catechists told those seeking baptism the story of Bartimaeus, the blind beggar.  You could not become a Christian, unless a catechist ...

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Reflection – The Deep Heart’s Core*

I wondered, ‘How do the three Readings in today’s liturgy relate to one another?’  It is my gift to look for relationships, also a major flaw.  I see connections but I cannot always make them visible to others.  The reading from Jeremiah 31, from the Letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel of Mark, seemed quite random and unrelated to me.  It is suggested that in our “Exploration” we leave the Gospel to the priest and concentrate on the other readings.  Since the second reading ...

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