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EASTER SUNDAY of the Resurrection of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

Easter blessings! My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very blessed Easter Season.  Thank you, to all of our parishioners and our very dedicated staff, for the life you bring to Divine Redeemer.  I know our Lord ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE April 14, 2019Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord  Palm Sunday is a strange day in our liturgical calendar. We begin by waving palms, but somewhere in the middle, we call for Jesus to be crucified. We celebrate today an equally paradoxical ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

Blessed Laetare Sunday!  This weekend is a time of joy as we come ever closer to the celebration of the day of our salvation.  In the Gospel, when Jesus sees the blind man, he says, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  Once ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTUREMarch 31, 20194th Sunday of LentRepentance. Envy. Joy. Hope. Have you felt these human emotions? Today's Gospel offers a rich story, one we can all find our place in. As we reflect on our own spiritual lives this Lenten season, it can ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

Everyday StewardshipWhat happens when people are allowed to do anything they want without any repercussions? A monster is created. Have you seen the parents who never correct or chastise their children? How about the person who keeps bullying others without anybody standing up to him? Then there are institutions ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

Gospel Meditation

As we march through Lent, it can be easy to think it's all about sacrifice. No chocolate, no alcohol, no meat on Fridays. Yet here, only in the second week of Lent, we have the story of the transfiguration. This reading reminds us of the "why" behind ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Obedience forms the core of Jesus’ being” (R. Guardini).  Through the temptations in the desert, Jesus shows forth life-or-death awareness of the absolute primacy of his union with his Father.  He undergoes those temptations so that we can embrace his own steadfastness.  Our temptations are moments of grace moving ... Read More »

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit.”  Because “every disciple will be like his teacher,” our union with Jesus makes us good trees; we have his “store of goodness” within our hearts.  Thus, we don’t begin bearing good fruit in order to become good trees.  Instead, Jesus’ perfect, ... Read More »

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

When Christ commands: “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,” our first reaction, due to Original Sin, is to recoil.  Like Abishai, in our fallenness we prefer “to nail our enemy to the ground.”  How is it possible to take seriously what Christ tells you?  Because ... Read More »

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

From a stretch of level ground, Jesus levels so many of our preconceptions.  He declares blessed the poor, the hungry, the weeping, the hated - all whose hearts cry out in longing and expectation for what can only be satisfied by God.  Conversely, the rich, the complacent, the jocular, ... Read More »