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January 9, 2018 - Hannah's Prayer

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Within the first couple of verses of our reading for today in 1 Samuel we encounter Hannah. She is very upset and weeping.

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January 8, 2018 - Living As God's Beloved

The Baptism of the Lord

Scripture Readings

Some of us were baptized as infants and others as adults, but I doubt that anyone of us recalls a booming voice from the heavens telling us that we are beloved when we were baptized.  Today we celebrate the baptism of Jesus, where the Father announces to all His great love and blessings on Jesus.  As disciples of Jesus we receive this same outpouring at the time of our baptism, and therefore we can live in the knowledge that we are His beloved.  This awareness of our favor in the eyes of God provides us with the courage to go forth into the world not just to share His love, but to bring justice and peace to the world around us.

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January 7, 2018 - Let Us Be Epiphany

The Epiphany of the Lord

Scripture Readings

Last week, I had, what I am now calling, “homily fatigue.” I think the way Christmas fell this year took its toll on me. Hence, what I have for you today instead of full length homily, is a brief reflection.  

Today is the feast of the Epiphany. Even though this feast is about Jesus, I want to begin with Mary. Today’s scripture tells us that the Magi “were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.” 

I absolutely love this image… the child with his mother, Mary. 

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January 6, 2018 - Spirit & Blood

Christmas Weekday

Scripture Readings

If it were a tad warmer in Dayton, one might see a greater effort to begin the dismantling of Christmas. Lights have to come off of gutters. They have to be extracted from bushes and unraveled from around trees. Of course, in homes, people may have already begun to put away ornaments and take down trees and stockings. And, despite what my wife would argue, that's ok. Seasons have their time because they have a beginning and an end and Christmas is no exception to that rule. As we near the end of the Christmas season, our first reading from John reminded me of a part of this season that should go on even after our ornaments are snug and lights coiled.

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January 5, 2018 - More Presents?

Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop

Scripture Readings

My littlest kid, who is 2-and-a-half, has just this year realized what presents are. She has loved Christmastime this year (and has made it so joyful for us) because she anticipates gifts with such delight. She wonders what each wrapped present is, and hopes each gift might be for her. We did experience a few mishaps, where she unwrapped gifts that were for other people - but on the whole, we've been quite happy to tag along with her enthusiasm. And now she keeps wondering aloud in her two year old voice, "More presents?" 

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