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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“I have waited, waited for the Lord.” John the Baptist sends us to the Lamb of God. Jesus looks at us and addresses us with a breathtaking question, “What are you looking for?” Christ’s first words call us to search our desires. For Jesus draws us to himself through ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Kathy Bull

“The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star” (Pope Benedict XVI). Our response to the Father’s offer of salvation is that of the Magi: “To offer ... Read More »

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Posted by Kathy Bull

“The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love. The family is an intermediate institution between individuals and society, and nothing can completely take its place. The family is a necessary good for peoples, an indispensable foundation for society, and a great and ... Read More »

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The reason why we can heed these otherwise overwhelming words, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind”, is because of a seminal truth that has already taken hold of us: God does not want anything from ... Read More »

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The plotting Pharisees, defiant toward Christ, presume they have the ingenuity to entrap him in his speech.  Yet the Lord takes on the false measure by which these malicious men would measure him, and turns it on themselves.  Before every deceitful effort to outwit Jesus or to expose him ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

One of the most terrifying aspects of the gift of freedom is that it leaves us the option of rejecting God. God prepares an irresistible wedding feast and invites us to it…but so often we refuse.  This is the phenomenon of impenetrability: the refusal to let ourselves be struck ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The landowner who planted a vineyard presupposes that hired tenants can be trusted, that additional servants will be able to obtain his produce, and that, when all else fails, treacherous people will respect the sacrosanct relationship of father and son. In short, the man is looking only for common ... Read More »

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God.” Why? Because when they encountered Jesus Christ, who “did not regard equality with God something to be grasped,” they found in him what they formerly had been looking for in sin.  And that is what made it easy for ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

With a vengeance, the forgiven servant says to his debtor fellow servant, "Pay back what you owe."  In so doing, the ingrate refuses "mercy to another like himself.”  However, "the vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance, for he remembers their sins in detail.” And that is the one thing ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend, when St. Paul says that we are to “owe nothing to anyone except to love one another,” he is not referring to something sentimental. The love that the Apostle enjoins on us is summed up by the Prophet Ezekiel: “If you do not speak out to dissuade ... Read More »