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Scripture Reflection

  • Unity marks God’s kingdom

    In the Gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for their “hardness of hearts.”
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  • God’s most amazing surprise

    At the Mass on Oct. 13, 2014 at St. Martha guesthouse in the Vatican, Pope Francis reflected on the God of surprises.
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  • God’s hand in our struggles

    Having grown up in a house full of boys (I am the third of four) I can easily picture the argument the Apostles were having along the road to Capernaum about who among them was the greatest.
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  • Christ’s cross is our hope

    This Sunday Jesus gives us the doctrine of the fruitfulness of His Cross – a beautiful preparation for the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on Sept. 14 and Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15.
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  • Practicing ‘custody of the eyes’

    In Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23, the Pharisees are up in arms (as usual) about their observations of Christ’s religious observance.
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  • Tasting the ‘living bread’

    Marie is a extraordinary minister of holy Communion in her parish. Each Sunday she attends the 10 a.m. Mass.
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  • Nourishing body, mind, heart and soul

    Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, states, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
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  • ‘Come away and rest a while’

    According to USA Today, (May 25, 2014) the ratio of priests to parishioners in 2010 was 1:1,653. That would mean if each priest spent six minutes with each parishioner, he would have two hours and 42 minutes left per week to eat, sleep, pray and rest.
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  • Living out of a deep spirit of Christian joy

    The world into which Jesus sent the Twelve to preach the Gospel is different than the world into which today’s evangelists labor. More than anything else, residents of our contemporary Western world are imbued with a naturalist mentality.
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  • Called to blind trust in God’s power and love

    The Book of Job is about the problem of suffering: How can the goodness and power of God be reconciled with the reality of suffering in the world? Where is God in my suffering? How can God expect me to be a disciple and a believer with such anguish in my heart, with such pain in my life?
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  • The veiled language of parables

    In the Disney film, “Mary Poppins,” one of the more aggravating qualities of the magical nanny, to Mr. George Banks, is that he cannot understand her eccentric ways that seem to energize his children as he never could.
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  • Preparing to enter God’s presence at Mass

    Mark’s Gospel is terribly brief. In fact, it is often tagged “The Passion with an Introduction.” Given that fact, why would the inspired writer take time to talk about how the Apostles prepared for the first Mass?
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  • Celebrating the birthday of God’s new presence

    In today’s Gospel reading, we are presented with a picture of a city deeply divided by hatred and fear.
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  • Called to witness, to the ends of the earth

    Disheartened, the abbot of a renowned monastery consults with a holy man living in the mountains about steeply declining numbers of his monks. He wonders what sin might have led to this situation.
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  • What it means to truly love

    Even though it came out a while ago, I recently found myself watching the very popular movie called “The Hunger Games.”
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  • Grafted to the true vine

    All the religious traditions of history except the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have maintained that the heart of reality is mankind’s quest for the divine, for God. What sets the Abrahamic traditions apart from the others is that they insist that things work the other way round, namely, that the heart of things is God’s quest for us.
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  • The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep

    The figure of the Good Shepherd has captivated the Christian imagination from the earliest days of the church.
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  • Christ’s revolutionary message

    Often I am stuck thinking that in order to meet God I must set out on the road. Instead, I am shocked to find he’s coming to meet me. But like Aslan, he is not a tame lion. He often walks through walls, minds and hearts to reach me where I am.
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  • Pay it forward

    “Pay It Forward,” a movie which came out several years ago, tells the story of a seventh grader who receives the unusual assignment to go out and change the world.
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  • Walking with hope toward the new risen life

    A few years ago, there was a popular card that carried the greeting, “May you spend the rest of your life walking away from empty tombs.” At first glance, it may seem like an odd message, but on closer examination, we see that it is really a message of powerful significance.
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