Helping Others Reach Jesus (1/18)
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Helping Others Reach Jesus (1/18)

The Gospel of today’s Mass tells the story of Jesus healing a paralytic lowered to Jesus inside a house where He was teaching crowds who had come from many towns of Galilee and Judea (Mark 2:1-11). The inability of the four friends to reach Jesus easily did not lessen their resolve. Assuredly these obstacles would...

Thanksgiving Day
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Thanksgiving Day

Even though we are wholly incapable of paying our debts to God according to justice, we always will do well to try to supply for them by expressing our gratitude. The poorest beggar who has nothing to return for alms received, always can display kindness by showing gratitude to someone who helps them. Before God...

November 22, 2018March 28, 2019by
6th Sunday [B] February 11, 2018
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6th Sunday [B] February 11, 2018

GOSPEL READING / MARK 1:40-45 Jesus’ encounter with the leper in Sunday’s Gospel announces a completely new understanding as part of the establishment of God’s Kingdom (cf. Mark 1:14). Until then if a leper dare approach a healthy person the leper was to be stoned. Not only does Jesus permit the leper to approach but,...

February 9, 2018February 6, 2019by
4th Sunday [B] January 28, 2018
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4th Sunday [B] January 28, 2018

GOSPEL READING / MARK 1:21-28 In the Gospel Reading, Jesus drives out the devil described as an “unclean spirit.”  Jesus’ teaching is recognized as being something “completely new” because He presents Himself with an unprecedented “authority”. By whose authority do we live our daily lives?

January 27, 2018February 6, 2019by
Preaching Notes (1/28)
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Preaching Notes (1/28)

GOD’S KINGDOM GROWS / January 28 The Sunday Gospel recounts the dramatic episode of Jesus curing a man possessed by the devil (Mark 1:21-28). The scene begins with Jesus teaching in the synagogue. Then suddenly our attention is focused upon the reaction of the people who, we learn, are “astonished at his [Jesus’] teaching” for he...

January 27, 2018January 27, 2018by
Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] March 26, 2017
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Fourth Sunday of Lent [A] March 26, 2017

John 9:1-41 The Gospel Reading retells the long and dramatic account of Jesus’ healing of a man born blind. Physical maladies are not the wrath of a scorned God. Because we live in the world of change, bad things sometime happen. Our perspective is very different from God’s. If we dared to spend more time...

March 21, 2017March 21, 2017by
Caring for the Sick (1/14)
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Caring for the Sick (1/14)

There are many Gospel accounts of Jesus being moved compassionately at the sight of illness and pain. He healed many people as outward signs of His deliverance of us all from the deadly ravages sin. How might we see Christ Himself in the sick whom we encounter? Recall our blessed Lord’s clear instruction that whatever...

January 14, 2017January 14, 2017by
Healing A Centurion’s Servant (11/28)
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Healing A Centurion’s Servant (11/28)

“When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him” (Matthew 8:5). A centurion is a Roman army officer in control of 100 men.  This centurion – a pagan – implores Jesus to heal his sick servant. The humble recognition of Jesus’ supreme authority is unmistakably seen in his addressing Jesus with the...

November 28, 2016November 27, 2016by
Lord, Please Let Me See! (11/14)
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Lord, Please Let Me See! (11/14)

Today’s Gospel relays an episode as Jesus makes His way to Jerusalem. “As he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging” (Luke 18:35). Several Church Fathers explain that the blind man represents all those who do not see God’s light clearly. For sure there are times when we all find the...

November 14, 2016November 14, 2016by
Divine Mercy
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Divine Mercy

As God is infinitely merciful to us, so should we act toward others. Today let us compassionately extend ourselves to those who suffer and do all we are able to help bring about real and lasting healing by means of our genuine acts of love in imitation of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). #dolittlethingswithgreatlove

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