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Word Made Flesh

Trust God is on your side and receive mercy

John Connelly
November 23, 2015
First Sunday in Advent
November 29, 2015

The pope declared an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8. We need to reflect on the profound reality that no one is beyond the mercy of Jesus. Mercy is available to presidents, prime ministers, rich and poor, old and young, prisoners, drug addicts, the marginalized, everyone.

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Work through the pain to find Advent's joy

Lydia Cristini
November 23, 2015
Second Sunday in Advent
December 6, 2015

The "one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ." To me, this is hope. And hope is a difficult thing to find these days. If we are paying attention, there is no end to human suffering in the world around us.

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Archangel Michael protects at the end times

Brett Fawcett
November 9, 2015
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 15, 2015

November is the end of the liturgical year, and thus the time when our lectionary leads us to reflect on the end of the world. We don’t much like to talk about the end of the world nowadays. Perhaps it seems too negative, perhaps even too fanatical and Gnostic for us. But we must ask ourselves: Why do we find the idea this world will end so unpleasantly? Are we so comfortable within this world we don’t want to see it go?

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Christ the King will come to judge the earth

Maria Kozakiewicz
November 9, 2015
Christ the King
November 9, 2015

Where will I be when Christ the King will come in glory? Shall I be alive or long dead, come from the bottom of purgatory? Shall I be fair and full of joy – or weeping and “gnashing my teeth?” Will our misguided humanity be utterly lost and confused by that time or will it have regained its moral compass and faith? Will my small cross that hangs above my desk be a hidden and forbidden object, the Church hidden underground and words of Mass whispered in the light of one candle? All these questions have no answers.

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Simplicity clears the path to forgiveness

Kathleen Giffin
October 26, 2015
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 8, 2015

Richard Rohr tells the story of meeting a group of women in a refugee camp in Guatemala in the early 1980's. They had been displaced from their homes in El Salvador as a result of the civil war, and all had lost family members, mostly husbands and sons. He recounted their weekly practice of walking and praying the Stations of the Cross that they had created in the camp.

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Tiny crucifix restores faith, soul

Maria Kozakiewicz
October 12, 2015
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 18, 2015

I have a little crucifix on the wall above my desk. Nothing much, some 15 cm high and made of plastic. I found it on a top shelf at a Goodwill store, where odd figurines, strangely shaped cups and plaster Christmas trees await an interested eye. The crucifix was almost invisible, as it lay flat between a large, colourful merry-go-round and a statuette of a wizard holding a glass bowl.

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Cry out for mercy, Jesus will answer

John Connelly
October 12, 2015
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 25, 2015

We all have a profound need for the mercy of Jesus in our lives. The human heart can never be fully awakened unless we encounter his mercy in a personal way. In this week's Gospel we read: "As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizeable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.

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Marriage demands a mother release her son

Kathleen Giffin
September 28, 2015
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 4, 2015

Thirty years ago when I married, I don't think I considered that I was not only taking on a new role as a wife, I was also taking on the role of being a daughter-in-law. In our culture, jokes about mother-in-laws abound: They are caricatured as being interfering, snoopy, critical and demanding.

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Entry to heaven takes a miracle

Brett Fawcett
September 28, 2015
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 11, 2015

Today's Gospel reading is one of the most important in the history of the Church's spiritual life. The rich young man who claims to have led a morally perfect life, yet leaves dejected after Jesus tells him that to gain the kingdom of God, he must sell everything he has, give the proceeds to the poor, and follow him. Does it mean that every follower of Jesus must literally sell all that they have in order to get into heaven?

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Be a lighthouse of hope in turbulent times

John Connelly
September 14, 2015
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 20, 2015

How would you and I respond if our financial system suddenly collapsed? I think all of us are aware there is always a possibility the greed and corruption in our world could eventually wreak havoc on our civilization. I am not writing this as a prediction but as an exercise for us to put things in biblical perspective. Jesus was clear: We cannot serve both God and money.

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