July 25, 2021 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The event we read about in today’s Gospel, the multiplication of the loaves and fish, is one of the most extraordinary miracles Jesus did during his earthly life. Even though we weren’t there 2000 years ago to be fed by the hands of the disciples, this miracle is also one...

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July 18, 2021 Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1. Good shepherds – bad shepherds – what’s all this talk about shepherds? a. Does the term shepherd even have any significance in our society today? i. I think the culture war battles we’ve witnessed over the past few years may well answer this question for us ii. This came...

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July 11, 2021 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Someone’s job title denotes their function and defines their identity. A teacher teaches, a doctor doctors. A prophet prophesies, that is, he or she tells the truth from God. A teacher or a doctor may well see their job as a vocation, a calling from above, or they may see...

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July 4, 2021 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A seventy-year-old widow had a serious heart attack. During her ordeal, she encountered the Lord who said to her: “You are not yet going to die.” She asked, “Lord, how many years more will I live?” The Lord answered, “Thirty years more.” Delighted by the news, she recovered rapidly. Thinking...

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June 27, 2021 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today’s Gospel Jesus has returned to the west shore of the Sea of Galilee, he is on home ground and as usual, large crowds have gathered around him, yet one person, an important one, comes forward. Jairus is a Jewish official, the supervisor of activities in the Temple. Yet...

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June 20, 2021 Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today first reading is from the thirty-eighth chapter of the Book of Job. Through 37 chapters Job has been complaining about how God is treating him, and his so-called friends have been trying to convince him that he has done something wrong to incur the punishments he has experienced. Job...

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June 13, 2021 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is the famous story about the Lord’s Store. A man had a dream. He saw himself walking on the streets of the city. He was moved to tears and disgust when he saw so many people living in poverty and destitution. He longed to help them but he did...

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June 6, 2021 The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

One of the seminarians who gives tours of St. Peter’s told me once of an interesting incident. He was leading a group of Japanese tourists who knew absolutely nothing of our Faith. With particular care he explained the great masterpieces of art, sculpture and architecture. He finally concluded at the Blessed Sacrament...

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May 30, 2021 The Most Holy Trinity

We’re told that the great Saint Augustine was once walking along the seashore trying to figure out the mystery of the Trinity.  He came upon a child filling a hole with bucket after bucket of water from the ocean. “You can’t empty the whole ocean into that hole,” the saint...

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May 23, 2021 Pentecost Sunday

Soon after we were born, we emptied our lungs of fluid and breathed for the first time. During an average lifespan, a human being breathes 650 million times before we take our last breath. Life is one breath after another. Our sharing in eternal life is also a drama of...

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