Good News

Wouldn’t we all want to know the future?  Let me rephrase that …wouldn’t we all want to know the future if everything in the future were going to be okay!  The psalmist sings, “Lord, make me know your ways.”  It’s a little like asking, ‘Let me know the future.’  Maybe … but not if it’s bad news.  Good news is what Jesus is speaking when he arrives in Galilee.  Mark tells ...

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Who Do You Think You Are?

“Oh, those shoes are calling my name.”

“My name has been called for jury duty.”

 “That piece of cheesecake has my name on it.”

“I swear on my name, I will poke you in the eye!”

“I want to make a name for myself.”

“His name is mud.”

What calls your name? Like many, many people on the planet, in recent years I have found ...

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Epiphany of the Lord

Today’s celebration, the Epiphany of the Lord, I believe has much to offer us in our faith journeys. As I read today’s gospel, I am struck by the depth of the word epiphany. Epiphany means “manifestation” or “showing forth”. I think of the amount of faith manifested by the wise men to follow a star upon its rising, for them ...

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Christmas Message from Fr. Phil

Welcoming the Stranger

When I can still myself long enough during the Christmas season, questions like the following always seem to surface: Who is this One laying in a manger? Who was Jesus? What difference did his coming make in my life and the life of the world? Questions about Jesus inevitably lead me to God. There will always be a dimension of ...

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Sharing Joy!

Pearl’s daughter. Mary Lou’s husband. Michael’s wife. How many times, and in how many ways, do we define ourselves by who we are? And, like John the Baptist, in today’s gospel, are there times and ways we define ourselves by who we are not? John made it clear that he was not the Christ, not Elijah, and ...

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Tis the Season to Hold On

“Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term …” The opening words to the reading from Isaiah, set the tone for all of today’s readings. They acknowledge that there is pain in the world and the path of our lives can be filled with obstacles, ...

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I am the Alpha and the Omega

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.

As Christians, we know that Jesus has already come and that every day we are called to live our lives through him, and with him, and in him, yet every year our Mother the Church invites us to prepare anew for his coming at Christmas. ...

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Truly I Tell You…

“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.”

We hear the question, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” twice in our gospel ...

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God’s Glory

The first reading of the capable wife from Proverbs proclaimed this morning is one that is sometimes used at funerals for wives and mothers. Initially, there seems little connection between it and the Gospel, where a bond is usually evident. However, I will never again hear that reading, without thinking of a very dear friend who died in September; because of who she was, the ...

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