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Fences: Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A

Ezekiel 33:7–9; Romans 13:8–10; Matthew 18:15–20 So when I looked at the readings for this weekend, I immediately thought, “Oh this is going to be ONE OF THOSE homilies.” I will try to let the Holy Spirit do the talking … Continue reading

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A Still, Small Voice: Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle A

1 Kings 19:9a, 10–13a; Romans 9:1–5; Matthew 14:22–33 I used to be involved in an online discussion group where a fair number of former police officers participated, and the subject of de-escalation came up—that is, how to help people go … Continue reading

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Yoke Yourself to Him—Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Zechariah 9:9–10; Romans 8:9, 11–13; Matthew 11:25–30 My oldest granddaughter, Kennady, has always had a sense for or awareness of the mystical. When she was around 4, Gina was reading to her for the first time from a book of … Continue reading

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Most Holy Trinity—Cycle A

Exodus 34:4b–6; 2 Cor. 13:11–13; John 3:16–18 God in the Most Holy Trinity is pure mystery. How three are also one, how Father begets Son and through Son, how the Holy Spirit proceeds—this is a mystery. We have these technical … Continue reading

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Marriage Prep Reflection

This last weekend, we had a summary prayer service and brunch for the people who took part in our marriage prep program this last session. I was already for it, but a death in the family called me away, so I modified … Continue reading

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The Choice You Make—Sixth week in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)

Sirach 15:15–20; 1 Cor. 2:6–10; Matt. 5:17–37 I’m going to be bold and propose something to you that I believe is true and consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, even though many of us don’t realize it. Actually, … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of Our Lord

Isaiah 60:1–6; Ephesians:2–3a, 5–6; Matthew 2:1–12 Today we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, an ancient celebration of the Church in both the East and the West. In the common use of the word, an epiphany is a sudden perception … Continue reading

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