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7-25-21 - 17th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 7/20/21

17th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo 

In both our first reading from the Second book of Kings, and in our gospel passage from John chapter six, food meant for a few, ends up feeding multitudes.  There is a ‘miracle’ in this, that we are asked to participate in.

When we ... Read More »

7-18-21 - 16th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 7/13/21

16th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo 

The relationship between solitude and active ministry is clearly portrayed in Mark’s gospel this morning.  So busy with people’s needs, Jesus and the disciples didn’t even have time to eat.  So, to sustain themselves and their ministry, Jesus invites them to a quiet ... Read More »

7-11-21 - 15th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 7/01/21

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo 

The role of prophets in sacred history has been to call us back, or to make clear again, the voice and will of God.  Prophets speak God’s truth.  Truth about love which shapes our values, ethics, and sense of justice.

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7-04-21 - 14th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 6/29/21

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo 

The sentence that draws my attention in today’s passage from Mark’s gospel, which I think bears reflection is, “And they took offense at him.”  Truly a sad moment when they close their hearts to Jesus and turn on him.  We have to ... Read More »

6-27-21 - 13 OT - Fr. Leo

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 6/22/21

13th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo 

Mark’s gospel records many healings in today’s gospel.  The one that catches my attention is the woman who suffered a hemorrhage for twelve years.  Desperate she places her faith In Jesus and simply touches his garment and is cured.  The story could end ... Read More »

6-20-21 - 12 OT - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 6/15/21

12th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo 

The disciples experience a crisis in today’s gospel.  While out on the water, gales of wind threaten their lives.  Full of fear and anxiety they plea to Jesus to save them.  Coming out of his peaceful sleep, he calms the wind and the waters.

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6-13-21 - 11 OT - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 6/08/21

11th Sunday OT - Fr. Leo 

The gospel today gives us two parables that teach us how to live in God.  First, is the parable of scattering the seed.  The seed is the Word of God, the invitation to live in God.  What is significant in this narrative is ... Read More »

6-06-21 - Solemnity of the Body and Blood - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/26/21

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ - Fr. Leo 

We gather here today, as on every Sunday, to celebrate and deepen the presence of God in our souls.  Because God is always within us, soul work is learning to live in the Holy Spirit who stirs our ... Read More »

5-30-21 - The Holy Trinity - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/26/21

The Most Holy Trinity - Fr. Leo

Each of us was baptized into God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This Holy Trinity is a mystery, so for us the spiritual life is living in mystery.  Thinking about spirituality as mystery, confronts many people’s mindset in this modern age. ... Read More »

5-23-21 - Pentecost - Fr. Leo Schneider

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 5/19/21

Pentecost - Fr. Leo

Last Sunday, I entertained the idea that we live in two worlds.  One, the material physical world that we can see, taste, smell and feel.  The second world, the world of the Spirit that we cannot see, but yet know, if not through the senses, ... Read More »