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November 22, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/20/15

Feast of Christ the King – A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

‘Jesus answered, "You say I am a king.

For this I was born and for this I came into the world,

to testify to the truth.

Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."‘

 

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November 15, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/11/15

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – A reflection by Fr. Leo

 

The gospel closes with the words, "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."  That hour is the coming of Christ.  The reason no ... Read More »

November 8, 2015

Posted by Mary Ann Peterson on 11/06/15

Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time -

A Reflection by Fr. Leo

 

Jesus’ dying once for all marks the end of Atonement Theology.  No longer are we to pay a price in suffering for our sins; the punishment of death or hell.  Jesus paid the price once and for ... Read More »

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. 

 

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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 »