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November 1, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 10/27/15

Sunday November 1st - The Feast of All Saints -

A Reflection By Fr. Leo

 

The Beatitudes sound like a list of paradoxes until we understand what they mean.  The list describes one who lives in God; the living saints if you will, that we are becoming.  Let’s ... Read More »

October 25, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 10/21/15

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The character of Bartimaeus in today’s gospel represents all humanity.  We are all blind in different ways.  The beauty of the story is that Jesus heals him, even though he seemed like an unlikely candidate. 

 

First ... Read More »

October 18, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 10/14/15

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

James and John make a blatant power grab in today’s gospel.  It’s almost embarrassing.  They want to sit to the right and left of Jesus in his new kingdom.  Joining in Jesus’ suffering is granted, but not ... Read More »

October 11, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 10/07/15

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”  The disciples were shocked by these words from Jesus.  They would have assumed that those with wealth were the favored of God.  ... Read More »

October 4, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 10/02/15

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time  - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Our first reading is taken from the second chapter of Genesis.  It is part of the second creation narrative, the second version of how the world was created.  The two stories are different and so cannot be ... Read More »

September 27, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 9/25/15

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The Seversons lived next door when I was growing up.  They were Lutheran.  Dad was a doctor and their daughter Helen was about my age.  I remember coming home once and reporting to my mother that I ... Read More »

September 20, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 9/18/15

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The way of Wisdom and the spiritual life is a paradox for those not seeking her ways.  We see this in our readings today in several ways.  In the gospel Jesus redefines greatness and power.  He teaches ... Read More »

September 13, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 9/08/15

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time - A reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Jesus says, “that the Son of Man must suffer greatly.”  These are words we don’t want to hear.  Like Peter, we want to remove such thoughts from our lives or at least minimize them.  This is why ... Read More »

September 6, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 9/08/15

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Years ago I attended a Sunday Mass at the Basilica of Saint Mary downtown here in Minneapolis.  It’s a big space and there is a sense of drama with their liturgies.  I sat and took it all ... Read More »

August 30, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 8/28/15

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

One of my favorite TV shows, back when I used to watch TV, was Law and Order.  On Wednesday nights I’d tune in and the same intro stressing the words Law and Order began the hour.  The ... Read More »