Archive for February, 2013

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Second Sunday of Lent

February 25, 2013

CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN

In our first reading, God once again makes a promise to Abram. God has already promised him land, which Abram has yet to see; and now God has promised Abram descendants that will be as numerous as stars in the sky.

However, the difficulties of Abram’s life have caused him to doubt and so he questions God. The reading we hear are the Lord’s instructions to Abram so that he may know the God’s promises are true. In the end, Abram receives his confirmation in a dream.

Our second reading is an explanation of the Gospel, in which Luke tells the story of the transfiguration – where Peter, James and John see Jesus transformed before them while they were fully awake.

And they are so taken by the full revelation of Jesus’ divinity that they request to stay on the mountain; however, something happens that scares them.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent: (Genesis 15:5-12,17-18; Psalm 27; Philippines 3:17-4:1; Luke 9:28-36)

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Ash Wednesday 2013

February 13, 2013

SPRING TRAINING

This past week, I heard the first murmurings of Spring Training talk.  At for those of us in the North, the cold, frigid days of February don’t seem to lend themselves to talk about outdoor activities, but we all know we are headed towards warmer, sunnier days from now on.

I could not help but think this is a lot like Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season.  In a sense, Lent is the Catholic Spring Training.  It is a time of intense practice as we prepare for the season of Easter and the great work of proclaiming that our sins are forgiven and our suffering is not the final act of any given life.

I have often said that this life is “practice for Heaven”, and if so, then Lent is Spring Training – a time of intensity just before a new season begins.  So let us begin and practice well.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for Ash Wednesday: (Joel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18)

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Catholic Women’s Breakfast Presentation on the New Evangelization

February 11, 2013

LIVING THE NEW EVANGELIZATION TODAY

In October 2012, the Church held a Synod on the New Evangelization. The Lineamenta said, “The new evangelization is not a matter of redoing something which has been inadequately done or has not achieved its purpose, as if the new activity were an implicit judgment on the failure of the first evangelization.

Nor is the new evangelization taking up the first evangelization again, or simply repeating the past.

Instead, it is the courage to forge new paths in responding to the changing circumstances and conditions facing the Church in her call to proclaim and live the Gospel today.”

Join us as we consider the many challenges of this mission today.

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 11, 2013

WILL YOU PUT INTO THE DEEP?

All three of our readings depict the call of different figures in our history.  First we hear the call of Isaiah, which came to him in a vision; then Paul’s tells the story of his own call to the Corinthians; and lastly, Simon Peter responds to the call of Jesus after Jesus boards his boat and enters his personal and professional life.

In the last Sunday of Ordinary Time before we begin our Lenten Journey, we are challenged to consider how we would respond to God’s invitation to live in relationship with God; to be more holy than we have been in the past; to live in love with our brothers and sisters?

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11)

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Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

February 3, 2013

CALLED AWAY FROM TRADITION?

Our readings are quite appropriate for our weekend together, for they highlight the beginning of two ministries: that of Jeremiah in the first reading and of Jesus in the Gospel. Furthermore, our second reading speaks to why and for what they are called: Love. This passage from 1 Corinthians is the reading often quoted at so many weddings, but today we hear it in a different context.

In the time of Jesus, children were not expected to live better or independently of their family; rather, they were to inherit and carry on the family’s honor. It was customary for a son to carry on his father’s trade, but Jesus proclamation declared that he was going to do something very different and thus breach the family’s honor. Likewise, Jesus is healing in Capernaum rather than his hometown. He is failing the community and his family by not putting them first.

So why does Jesus do this? Why does he not stay home? Why does he not take on the trade of his father?

Our answer is found in the calling of Jeremiah: before you were born, I dedicated you; I called you; I have made you a fortified city. And though it will be hard, stand up for I will be with you.

NOTE:  This Homily was given while on retreat with a community of Religious Sisters

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Jeremiah 1:45,17-19; Psalm 71; 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13; Luke 4:21-30)