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March 21, 2018 - Standing Firm

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

The Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults (this is the process whereby adults are either baptized or received into the Catholic Church) name Lent as “The Period of Purification and Enlightenment.” Like for the candidates the whole Lenten season is full of opportunities for all Christians to grow away from sin and become more faithful to the gospel. For any of us who have been trying to stay true to our Lenten sacrifices, we know that when faced with temptation, some days our resistance is better than others. Purification occurs when we stay true to our faith commitments.  While this purification is painful at times, its sanctifying work in us makes us healthier and holier.  What is not always clear about purification at the beginning of the process is what will be the end results?

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March 20, 2018 - Where Do We Belong?

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

Following Jesus is hard. Really hard. And for good reason. And just in case we did not know that or somehow forgot it or otherwise have been distracted from it, the text from John today puts it to us directly.

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March 19, 2018 - Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Scripture Readings

As Christians we believe in the Trinity- Father, Son and Spirit.  In all three readings today we hear the term “father” and we are given some insights into what God the Father is revealing about Himself to us through the words of scripture.  Our Father is not only creator, but He is committed and is active in both our present world and the future as well.  He calls each of us to trust in His love, compassion, and mercy as He paves a path that will allow us the greatest opportunity to bring forth His kingdom through our lives.

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March 18, 2017 - Death and Life

Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year A Readings

Scripture Readings

I have had my share of funerals between both the parishes. There are many things I could say about each of these funerals. At one of them, the grand-daughter concluded her eulogy by saying what she would say to her grandpa when he was still alive. She said, “See you later, alligator.” Is it not precious that we can say that to each other as bury the people we love? Sometimes I think, though, that sometimes we take the reason for this hope for granted? Why is it that we can say, “See you later,” when people die? What did it take to get us to that hope? 

As Lent begins to come toward the end, the readings are gradually drawing our attention to the events of Holy Week and Easter – the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. However, we do not reflect on Christ’s death and resurrection for its own sake. The readings are also trying to communicate to us that our destinies are closely tied to the death and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, it is because of the death and resurrection of Jesus that this grand-daughter could say, “See you later, alligator,” to her deceased grandpa. There is a reason why we leave a graveside with hope.  It is because we believe in the words that Jesus said to Martha in today’s gospel reading, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” Jesus is the reason for our hope. 

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March 17, 2018 - March Madness

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

“But others said, ‘The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he?’ (John 7:41B)

March Madness is upon us, and it is a favorite time of the year for me. The thrill of the upset and trying to predict the perfect bracket is very appealing to me. During March Madness, I always desire to root for the Cinderella story, the team that most experts feel doesn't belong in the tournament and turns out making a run deep into the tournament. There is something fun about rooting for the underdog, there is a thrill in watching the small schools that I’ve never heard of beat the big name schools.

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