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November 17, 2019

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/15/19

33rd Sunday - Fr. Leo The Apostles faith was reflected in the way they lived their lives.  Preaching the Gospel and bringing people to faith in God through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, was the center of the Apostles existence.  This came before anything else.  The ... Read More »

November 10, 2019

Posted by Jennifer Stephan on 11/05/19

32nd Sunday - Fr. Leo

The number Seven is mentioned in both our first reading from 2 Maccabees and in the passage from Luke’s gospel that we just heard.  The number seven represents fullness and perfection. The perfection in the first reading is the faithful death of the seven ... Read More »

October 27, 2019

Posted by Erin O'Leary on 10/22/19

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

The Gospel juxtaposes the prayer of the Pharisee and the tax collector in the temple. To benefit the most from this story, I think we should begin by acknowledging the sincerity of the Pharisee’s prayer. Because of all his sincere ... Read More »

February 26, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

 

I can’t help smiling when I hear today’s gospel.  Seems like people haven’t changed much since Jesus’ time.  We still worry and are anxious about many things.  It would be interesting to set our phones to sound some notification every ... Read More »

February 19, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Psalm 103:1-2,3-4,8,10,12-13. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, O my soul;

and all my being, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits. The Lord is ... Read More »

February 12, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Fr. Leo

 

Matthew’s gospel begins with Jesus affirming that he is not against Judaism.  Jesus understands the place of “Law.” in the spiritual life.  However, Jesus’ understanding of law is quite different than that which was practiced by his fellow Jews in Jerusalem. 

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February 5, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Jesus tells his disciples in Matthew’s gospel this morning, that they are salt of the earth and light of the world.  This is Christ’s message to us, who choose to be his disciples.  I think the hardest part ... Read More »

January 29, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Reflection from Fr. Leo

 

Jesus’ teachings in today’s gospel sum up the Christian life.  In the Beatitudes, Jesus declared “blessed” all that common thinking would think of as bad.  Normally we wouldn’t think of those suffering injustice, or morning loved ones to ... Read More »

January 22, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

3rd Sunday - Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Peter, Andrew, James and John are called by the Lord to join him in his ministry as apostles.  The radical response of the disciples always takes me by surprise.  These men, though leaving as brothers, leave “life” as they knew it ... Read More »

January 15, 2017

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 2/22/17

2nd Sunday In Ordinary Time - Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Liturgically, every year we celebrate the paschal mystery, the life death and resurrection of the Christ.  Having just completed the celebration of Christ’s birth, we now move into the remembrance and celebration of his public ministry.  It is ... Read More »