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December 18, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

4th Sunday in Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Joseph seems to be the major character in today’s gospel.  Like Mary, he plays a role in Christ being born into time as we know it.  He is guided, it says, by a dream to take Mary as ... Read More »

December 11, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

3rd Sunday of Advent—A Reflection by Fr. Leo

  

“Behold I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.”

                                                             (Mt 11:10)

Jesus is the messenger sent by God to lead us into the fullness of God’s Kingdom. Jesus ... Read More »

December 4, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

2nd Sunday of Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (MT 3:1)

 

Clearly “repentance,” is the theme of today’s gospel.  So what then is “repentance” and how do we go about repenting?

 

The first requirement for repentance ... Read More »

November, 27, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

First Sunday in Advent - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Each day we pray for the Father’s kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.  Our first reading from Isaiah gives us a glimpse of what that might look like. “They shall beat their swords into ... Read More »

November 20, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

Feast of Christ the King -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

We who live in a world where there are still Kings and Queens might get the wrong idea of Christ’s kingship as we celebrate today the Feast of Christ the King.  The true definition comes from Luke’s ... Read More »

November 13, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time -

 A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

“We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.”

(2Thes 3:11)

 

One of the great guidelines in all the the12-step programs is ... Read More »

November 6, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

32nd Sunday In Ordinary Time - A Refection By Fr. Leo

 

Understanding the meaning of the Incarnation gives a helpful perspective in understanding today’s readings.  For God there is a oneness between God’s-self and what God has willed into being, namely, creation. 

 

For us, because of sin, ... Read More »

October 30, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

31st Sunday In Ordinary Time - A Reflection By Fr. Leo

 

Our scriptures today leave no room for fear of God.  Awe of God’s love, yes.  Fear, no!

 

After reminding us that our very existence in this moment is because of God’s love, and that what God ... Read More »

October 23, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

30 Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

“The one who serves God willingly is heard;

his petition reaches the heavens.

The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;

it does not rest till it reaches its goal,

nor will it withdraw till the Most ... Read More »

October 9, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/17/16

28th Sunday In Ordinary Time -

A Reflection By Fr. Leo

 

Practicing religion can point us in the direction of what is good, but it cannot of itself make us loving.  We see this clearly in today’s gospel of the ten lepers.  Jesus cured all ten.  The nine ... Read More »