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August 7, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 8/04/16

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Knowing God’s will and living according to God’s will is the purpose of the Spiritual life.  In the Gospel, the one who does not know God’s will, is not as accountable for living apart from God.  But ... Read More »

July 31, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 8/04/16

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Vanity, is the theme of our scriptures today.  And they make it clear that vanity is not compatible with a healthy spiritual life.  The dictionary defines vanity as, “excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance ... Read More »

July 24, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 7/14/16

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

“Faith without doubt, is idolatry.”  There is great truth in those five well known words from a theologian.  Unfortunately many of us were taught that doubt is bad; a sign of lack of faith.  Blind obedience was ... Read More »

July 17, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 7/14/16

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

One of Judaism’s highest precepts is hospitality.  We see this in our first reading from Genesis.  The humble insistence on hospitality by Abraham and his wife Sarah is blessed by the birth of a child.  It is ... Read More »

July 10, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 7/14/16

15th Sunday In Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

 

Today’s gospel, containing the story often referred to as the story of the Good Samaritan, has many levels of meaning.  On the surface it reminds us that all peoples are our sisters and brothers.  We are ... Read More »

July 3, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 7/14/16

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.  Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals….Do not move about from one house to another.”

 

Jesus required a radical commitment of his disciples.  They were to rely only on the Lord.  Even ... Read More »

June 26, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 6/23/16

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

We all have comfort zones.  From how we start our day with a cup of coffee (thank you God), to where we live, to the friends we keep and how we save our money for the future ... Read More »

June 19, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 6/23/16

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Today’s gospel from Luke, chapter 9:18-24, is based on the earlier parallel passage in Mark’s gospel, chapters 8:27-9:1.  Much has been changed in Luke’s version, because Luke writes for a different audience, Peter is not glorified here.  ... Read More »

June 12, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 6/23/16

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Our Liturgy of the Word this morning centers around the mercy of God.  In the Second book of Samuel, David is forgiven his grave sin of killing a man and taking his wife.  Before Nathan tells him ... Read More »

June 5, 2016

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 6/06/16

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

In our scripture readings today, Elijah prays to God and restores the widow’s son to life and Jesus, being God, restores another widow’s son saying, “Young man I tell you arise!”  Elijah prays for God’s intercession, Jesus, ... Read More »