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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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Jesus guided Saul's journey to become Paul

Ralph Himsl

June 3, 2013
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 9, 2013

The first words of today's Second Reading from Paul's letter to the Galatians catches our attention by their simplicity: "I want you to know . . ." - words that invite us into the personality of this remarkable person – such an instrument in the early spread of the message of Jesus' gift to the world.

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Jesus' ascension leaves us to do God's will on earth

Ralph Himsl

May 6, 2013
Ascension
May 12, 2013

Today – today I choose to indulge myself. At four score years and four, I presume to take a stand on that thin collection of privileges earned by age. I make a claim for wisdom: T. S. Eliot's wisdom – the wisdom of humility. I find shelter in his claim that "The only wisdom we can hope to acquire is the wisdom of humility."

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Astounded disciples witness forgiveness

Ralph Himsl

April 1, 2013
Second Sunday in Easter
April 7, 2013

Surprisingly, the concluding verse of the Gospel reading for today contains an apology of sorts, "Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book."

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Forgiveness is the balm of broken lives

Ralph Himsl

March 4, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 10, 2013

The readings chosen for the Mass of this day invite us to enjoy a story and to reflect on it. Satisfactory promises, you might say.

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Bill and Isaiah were touched by angels

Ralph Himsl

February 4, 2013
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 10, 2013

The first of our readings for this Sunday's Mass consists of Isaiah's heady account of a visionary meeting with the Lord sitting in majesty, sumptuously arrayed, attended by seraphs, six winged – a rich experience. I like it a lot.

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Creative renderings honour Christ's birth

Ralph Himsl

December 24, 2012
Christmas Eve
December 24, 2012

In the 2,000 years since the birth of Jesus, and since people learned the significance of his birth, they have declared their gratitude in diverse ways: prayers, paintings, novels, poems, rituals, musical compositions, dramas, shrines.

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Season of Giving eclipses Season of Advent

Ralph Himsl

November 26, 2012
First Sunday in Advent
December 2, 2011

Here on the first Sunday of Advent we stand at the gates of a new liturgical year. The liturgical year determines the dates for the celebration of feast days and the Scripture readings for those days.

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