Katy Mahoney

Reflection – The Ascension of Our Lord

This week’s readings are, in short, about the Ascension of our Lord to heaven where he takes his place at the right hand of our Father.  As big as the event is, I feel like the most important part is what happens right before Jesus ascends.  In all three readings, Jesus leaves his apostles with an especially important task, that of going out and spreading the good word and his love.

We are, and have been entrusted to be, Jesus’s hands, ...

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Reflection – God IS L-O-V-E

Often in our lives, we experience darkness in some way.  Whether it be when the power goes out, if we drive through a tunnel, or simply pull a blanket over our heads, these are instances of literal darkness.  What about those times where our darkness could be an internal struggle, such as a battle with addiction, mental health issues or simply grief and loss of a loved one?  We have all been there. Rest assured that this darkness is balanced ...

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Reflection – The Baptism of Our Lord

As we come to an end in our church’s Christmas celebration, let’s all take a moment to reflect on the greatness of all that has just occurred.  Before Jesus’ birth, angels descended upon Mary and Joseph and told them who their son would be.  At his birth, the shepherds and the Magi recognized and accepted Jesus as the Messiah.  And here we are at his baptism, where Jesus fully accepts that he is God’s son, this being a pivotal moment ...

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Reflection – Let’s Get Ready!

I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but I found that this liturgical calendar has gone by so fast.  As we quickly approach the end of this liturgical year, like any good “end of the year”, we prepare.  Don’t we all set out at the end of the year, setting out goals and challenges for ourselves?  Well, that’s exactly what we’re being asked in this week’s gospel reading; to be prepared and to get ready.  But be prepared ...

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Reflection – Take up your cross and follow me

It seems to me that today’s readings have a bit of a darker tone to them. In the first reading we hear of violence and destruction and of Jeremiah resisting his prophecy to the point of internal anguish. In the second reading, we hear of our bodies as living sacrifices. Toss in the Gospel with Jesus speaking of his upcoming suffering, death and resurrection, well it all seems like there’s a bit of a dark cloud over today’s readings. Fear not, there’s a light at the ...

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Reflection – Ten Steps to Starting a Vegetable Garden

I’ve recently started gardening and I’ve planted flowers and vegetables. I’ve found this to be a truly rewarding and satisfying hobby.  Even so, it’s not an easy one.  One has to think of so many things!  Where to plant, what to plant, prepping the soil, checking dates for the plants you’ve chosen, planting the seeds, watering, keeping the weeds out, making sure your plants have room to grow, fertilizer(?) and of course, reaping what you’ve sown.  Honestly, these ten steps seem really easy but it takes much work ...

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Reflection – Believe in God, believe also in me

Today’s Gospel reading takes place at the Last Supper – just after Judas has left and Jesus has told the remaining eleven disciples that He must soon depart too. This reading starts and ends with the command that to believe in God is to believe in Jesus. I feel that after all we’ve lived in the last few months, the uncertainty, the anxiety, some may have felt fear; how many of us can truly and honestly say that we’ve felt belief?  A troubled heart is part of ...

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The Transfiguration

Each year on the first Sunday of Lent, our Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert.  On the second Sunday of Lent each year, we hear the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration.  The word transfiguration is defined as “a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state”.  In this case, Jesus leads Peter, James and John up a high mountain and appears to them in radiant glory.  The Gospel states that, “his face shone like the sun and his ...

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Trust and Acceptance, Hospitality and Love

In all three readings today, I find a common theme to be trust and acceptance, hospitality and love. The first reading from the Book of Wisdom speaks to us of God loving all things he created. In the second reading, we hear of Saint Paul pleading to the Thessalonians to remain faithful to God until Jesus comes again. And finally we hear of Jesus choosing to stay with Zacchaeus in his home.

As I read the first reading my first thought was: “God don’t make no junk”. ...

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The Body and Blood of Christ

Today we are celebrating the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Like with any wonderful celebration, we serve food and beverages. Unlike any other celebration, what we share in food and drink isn’t elaborate, but ordinary. It is unbelievable to me that something as ordinary as bread becomes so extraordinary in task. We hear about meals being prepared and shared for people. We hear of Jesus feeding five thousand people with very limited resources. Throughout his journey, ...

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