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11-27-22 - 1st Advent - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/17/22

1st Sunday of Advent - Fr. Leo

Living in expectation of God’s imminent coming, is the way of living in today’s gospel.  While we are always conscious of Jesus’ coming in time in his incarnate birth celebrated in Christmas, we are also aware that he will come at the end ... Read More »

11-20-22 - The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/11/22

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe - Fr. Leo

As Jesus spent his last painful moments on the cross in today’s gospel, we are given a summary of his mission.  On one side of him an unrepentant convict, taunts Jesus.  Out of desperation he challenges Jesus ... Read More »

11-13-22 - 33rd Sunday OT - C - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/08/22

33rd Sunday - Fr. Leo

As we come to the end of the liturgical year, our readings image the end times. At the same time we are warned to disregard those who think they know when the end is coming.  The end will come.  For most of us though, I think ... Read More »

11-06-22 - 32 OT C - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/03/22

32nd Sunday - Fr. Leo

Throughout history there has been tension between divine law and human law.  Divine law being what we believe is God’s truth and will, and human law being based on that incorporating the morays and societal norms for groups of people to be able to live ... Read More »

10-30-22 - 31 OT C - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 10/28/22

31st Sunday - Fr. Leo

God’s patient love is revealed in Jesus’ calling Zacchaeus to come to him.  Gods grace is made real in Zacchaeus’ life because he was at least curious enough to seek the Lord by running ahead and climbing a tree to see Jesus.  So with planning, action ... Read More »

10-23-22 - 30th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 10/18/22

30th Sunday - Fr. Leo

In the Second Eucharistic Prayer, there is a stanza that prays that we may come to the fullness of Charity with our Pope, our Archbishop and all the Clergy.  It would be good to add, ‘and all who seek you with a sincere heart.”  This would ... Read More »

10-16-22 - 29th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 10/12/22

29th Sunday - Fr. Leo

Faith is believing in the goodness of God in good times and in bad.  Much like a marriage relationship that may have rocky moments.  Faith is a daily commitment to trust in God.  To know that above the clouds on the gloomiest day, the sun is still ... Read More »

10-09-22 - 28 OT C - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 10/04/22

28th Sunday - Fr. Leo

We often remind ourselves that faith is a gift from God given to us through the Holy Spirit.  Our first reading from the Second Book of Kings gives us an example.  After Naaman is healed of leprosy through the intersession of Elisha, he wants to give ... Read More »

10-02-22 - 27 OT C - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 9/29/22

27th Sunday - Fr. Leo

For richer and poorer, in sickness and in heath, are two phrases we hear exchanged in wedding vows.  They hint that there will be good times and bad.  It’s part of any relationship.  It is a part of life.  

Today’s scriptures seem to be preparing us for ... Read More »

9-25-22 - 26th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 9/20/22

26th Sunday - Fr. Leo

“Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” (Lk 6:31)

Jewish heritage is our heritage as well.  Jesus was a Jew who’s life and meaning are routed in ... Read More »