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Easter Sunday of the Ressurection of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Benedict XVI offers the following reflection on Holy Saturday. “Holy Saturday is the day of the ‘death of God,’ the day which expresses the unparalleled experience of our age, anticipating the fact that God is simply absent, that the grave hides him, that he no longer awakes, no ... Read More »

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Benedict XVI writes, “Only when someone values love more highly than life, that is, only where someone is ready to put life second to love, for the sake of love, can love be stronger and more than death. If it is to be more than death it must ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

From time immemorial God has promised, “O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”  But this will not happen before Jesus weeps.  He weeps in front of doubt: “You want to go back there?”  ... Read More »

4th 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 »

3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

What was the Samaritan woman looking for in those six men? Pope Benedict XVI wrote that “the woman is made aware of what in actuality she has always known but to which she has not always adverted:  that she thirsts for life itself and that all the assuaging that ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

“He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all will give us everything else along with him.” Somehow Abraham intuited this divine mercy in responding to God’s command to slaughter his son Isaac.  Only this assurance could compel Abraham to such extremes of ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Lent

Posted by Mindy Emick

Pope Benedict XVI called the temptation of Jesus in the desert “a descent into the perils besetting mankind.”  This happened so that we may be counted among those “who receive the abundance of grace, coming to reign in life through the one Jesus Christ.”  The “one righteous act” that ... Read More »

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Jesus ‘stretched out his hand and touched him.’ This was probably the first time the leper had ever been touched.  That contact was just as compelling as his cure.  The leper perceives in Jesus a compassion, a “pity”; like nothing else, the personal experience of sickness and suffering can ... Read More »

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

In the readings this weekend, Job asks, “is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?” We, too, often wonder if we will “see happiness again.”  Jesus responds, “Let us go on to the nearby villages.”  The presence of Jesus is the antidote for our “months of misery.”  When “the ... Read More »

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 »