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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

June 30, 2013: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 9:51-62 When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed …

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“The Poor You Will Always Have:” It’s Not A Prediction!

If I hear one more person take the phrase “The poor you will always have with you” out of context (almost always as an excuse to avoid asking the hard questions about poverty), I may have to scream. I have heard this statement used countless times as Jesus’ prediction of the state of the world. The poor will always and forever be here, so don’t worry about trying to eliminate poverty. It’s clearly God’s will.  Jesus said so. NO, HE DIDN’T!!!!! Please, read the entire sentence. What Jesus in Matthew 26: 11 said is, “The …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

June 23, 2013: Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 9:18-24 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

Pentecost Sunday: May 19, 2013 Gospel: John 20:19-23 OR John 14:15-16, 23B-26 John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he …

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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord: May 12, 2013 Gospel: Luke 24:46-53 Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Then he led them out as …

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Jesus and the Ultimate Prom Invite

Late one recent Friday night, I was waiting in the high school parking lot for my daughter’s team bus to return from a meet when I saw 5 young men pull in near me. Four of them stripped off their shirts while the fifth began painting huge letters on their chests.  P-R-O-M.  It was about 30 degrees outside, so they hustled back into their cars until the bus was visible down the road, at which time the lettered four hopped into the bed of a pick-up and stood in line, while the 5th produced a …

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Easter Season

The Lent-Easter Cycle in our Catholic liturgical year is my favorite time of that year. The liturgies are full of meaningful celebrations that focus on the challenges that life presents us. The Paschal Mystery, which we celebrate at this time, brings forward the deeper realities of our lives as persons, as communities, and as Christians. It reminds and makes present in the Eucharistic celebrations of this time our experience of God’s Love being among us in all the struggles, difficulties, joys, and ecstasy that arise in our daily experience. One of the essentials I try …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: February 3, 2013 Gospel: Luke 4:21-30 Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying: “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb, ‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say, ‘Do here in your native place the things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’” And he said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

January 27: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news …

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Where 2 or 3 Are Gathered: Home Edition

January 20: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Gospel: John 2:1-11 There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short,the mother of Jesus said to him,“They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty …

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