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Living the Gospel – January 13, 2019

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The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God’s plan—that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made “co-heirs” to the blessings promised Israel. This week, we’re shown how we claim our inheritance. Jesus doesn’t submit to John’s baptism as a sinner in need of purification. He…

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Living the Gospel – January 6, 2019

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The Three Kings The story of the Three Kings has been a part of our sacred scriptures since antiquity. Its history offers some insights into our spiritual origins. The gospel according to Matthew implies that the Kings were astrologers, possibly from Babylon, and I wondered; how was the importance of…

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Dec
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Living the Gospel – December 30, 2018

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How I wish there was more in Scripture about the raising of Jesus as a child! It seems we are told to “live as the Holy Family lived. ” But how? The father became a canonized saint, the mother, conceived immaculately and the son, the Son of God! How can…

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Dec
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Living the Gospel – December 23, 2018

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The Visitation Why did Mary leave her home, her family, to go to Elizabeth? There were probably multiple factors guiding her decision. Her village would not be forgiving for her premature pregnancy and would shame both her and her betrothed, Joseph. Getting out of town would provide both of them…

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Dec
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Living the Gospel – December 16, 2018

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Hard to believe but it is already Gaudete Sunday, the Third Week of Advent when we pause to rejoice in the goodness of God. Our Gospel reading this week, Luke 3:10-18, invites the crowd, and us, to ponder the question, “What should we do?” John the Baptists’ response to each…

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Dec
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Living the Gospel – December 9, 2018

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The season of Advent is 4 weeks of preparation for the “first” coming of Christ at Christmas. The word Advent comes from Latin meaning a coming or an approaching of someone or something. In this case we have God approaching us on Earth by sending his only Son, Jesus, to…

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Nov
30

Living the Gospel – December 2, 2018

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As I read the Gospel reading, a feeling of uneasiness came over me. Are we ready? Where are we going? Fear of the unknown is a real feeling, but we CAN know, with confidence, our destination. My whole conversion time period has been focused on this reading of being ready….

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Nov
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Living the Gospel – November 25, 2018

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When we celebrate “Christ, the King,” we might want to have a neat, exhaustive idea of what that means. Not because we would then go all out to celebrate it, but because we would want to know what we are up against. Understanding clearly its meaning would give us some…

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Nov
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Living the Gospel – November 18, 2018

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All 3 of our readings today reference, in one way or another, the end times. I think for a lot of people the thought of “Heaven and earth passing away” can be a little scary. But we shouldn’t be scared by any of this, we should actually be looking forward…

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Nov
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Living the Gospel – November 11, 2018

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The readings in today’s liturgy present us with the stories of two women outstanding in their generosity. The first woman Elijah encounters in his travels. She is poor and is in survival mode with her son; famine has control of her country. The second is likewise a widow, the subject…

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