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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Many murmur, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  If we approach Christianity from our own presuppositions, then we completely miss the fact, as Pope Benedict XVI writes, that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

We continue hearing from the 6th chapter of John this week as the focus turns to the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist and Christ’s command or teaching, …unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within ... Read More »

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

As we continue with the Bread of Life discourse, Jesus silences the murmuring, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him.”  What does it mean to “listen to the Father”?  It means being attentive to the needs and desires of our own humanity.  ... Read More »

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

We continue the second weekend of the Bread of Life Discourse.  This weekend in sending down the daily manna upon the whole Israelite community, the Lord said to Moses, “I will test them to see whether they follow my instructions or not.”  Similarly, when Jesus reveals to the crowd ... Read More »

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

This weekend, we take a break from listening to St. Mark’s Gospel and begin to focus on the 6th chapter of St. John’s Gospel in his Bread of Life Discourse.  For the next five weeks, we will listen as Jesus discusses the Eucharist.  When ‘the people saw the sign ... Read More »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE July 22, 2018 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Now what?"

It's a difficult thing to hear, isn't it? The train comes late, a child unexpectedly cries, and the latest public policy debate flares up in the news. Life throws us curveballs, and we have ... Read More »

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

As God once did with Amos, Jesus today removes the Twelve from their worldly occupations and sends them forth two by two.  They go poorly, without provisions, in order to proclaim to the world that their only real possession is Jesus Christ - and that he is enough.  God ... Read More »

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The people of Jesus’ “native place” begin to measure him based on their own inadequate preconceptions and presuppositions.,  Because they are “sated with contempt,” they rule out the possibility of experiencing the “mighty deeds” of the Lord.  How much better are those who, like St. Paul, approach reality from ... Read More »

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The synagogue official and the woman with the hemorrhage are convinced that God “formed man to be imperishable” - an imperishability that begins now in their present plight.  How can they be so sure?   Because they have encountered Jesus Christ, to whom they hand themselves over in their certainty.  ... Read More »

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Posted by Mindy Emick

The synagogue official and the woman with the hemorrhage are convinced that God “formed man to be imperishable” - an imperishability that begins now in their present plight.  How can they be so sure?   Because they have encountered Jesus Christ, to whom they hand themselves over in their certainty.  ... Read More »