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Ralph Himsl

Risen Lord comes to offer forgiveness

Ralph Himsl

April 14, 2014
Second Sunday of Easter
April 27, 2014

When I read today's excerpt from John's Gospel telling of Jesus' post-resurrection appearance to his disciples, the simplicity of the description seemed scant in view of the subject. Consider the scene: Jesus came and "stood among them."

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Authorities riled as Jesus heals blind man

Ralph Himsl

March 17, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 30, 2014

My copy of the Sunday Missal gives two options for the Gospel for today in which Jesus cures a blind man of his affliction. When I see the marking for a shorter version of the Gospel in the missal, I often say to myself, and I shame to confess it, "I hope the priest reads the shorter excerpt, but he probably will go for the longer one."

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The greatest is love . . . and faith . . . and hope

Ralph Himsl

February 17, 2014
Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
March 2, 2014

In 1 Corinthians 13.13, that doughty person St. Paul makes the proposition that has consoled people through centuries, "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

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Scene in the Temple stirs amazement

Ralph Himsl

January 20, 2014
Feast of the Presentation
February 2, 2014

Today's Gospel reading narrates the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the prophetic words of Simeon and Anna with respect to the child before them.

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Poets of the ages tell of Christ's birth with evocative words

Ralph Himsl

December 23, 2013
Christmas
December 25, 2013

While studying the readings for Christmas, I realized the poetry of the message they contained. Isaiah's words exult; the Psalm rejoices; Paul's letter to Titus wins for its intimacy.

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New liturgical year calls for rebirth of hope

Ralph Himsl

November 25, 2013
First Sunday in Advent
December 1, 2013

This Sunday marks the start of the new liturgical year and the season of Advent, that time of expectancy and meditation on the coming celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord – a season in which that virtue of hope receives its sublime nourishment, in that respect a season much like that of Easter. Both of them times of serenity and contemplation.

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Tax collector confessed and Jesus forgave

Ralph Himsl

October 28, 2013
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 3, 2013

Mornin' Zacchaeus. Have you a minute? I'd like to talk to you about yesterday in front of your house."

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Seeing Christ in all awakens one's faith

Ralph Himsl

September 30, 2013
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 6, 2013

Each one of the readings for today has something to say about faith. They caused me to examine the workings of faith in an interaction as simple as those in today's Gospel where Jesus asks the Apostles to search the meaning of doing "only what we ought to have done."

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Jesus says carry your cross and follow him

Ralph Himsl

September 2, 2013
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 8, 2013

Some few years ago I attended a Sunday Mass in Montreal, one which had the same Gospel as in today's celebration. After Mass I spoke to the priest on the challenge this Gospel offered. He admitted that he found it a difficult passage, but he said, "I think I got it."

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Joy abounds when one serves the Lord

Ralph Himsl

July 1, 2013
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 7, 2013

The readings and the Psalm for July 7, the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, have a noticeably common characteristic – such that it wakened wonder, "This bears looking into."

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