When guests are coming over, we clean the house.  If we know we are providing the transportation for an evening out with friends, we wash the car.  If we are going on a date, we groom ourselves and make sure our clothes are clean. We want to please our guests and hope they do not […]

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After his resurrection, Jesus entered a room full of frightened disciples who had been in hiding since his crucifixion and said, “Peace be with you (John 20:19).” These words were not a greeting, like saying good morning or good afternoon.  His words were a profound prayer and expression of hope.  Through these words Jesus was […]

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One Sunday many years ago, a man holding a colorful bunch of flowers came up to me and said, “These flowers are for you, Father.”  Holding another beautiful spray of flowers in his other hand he said, “And these flowers are for the church.” The flowers were not from a florist.  They were homegrown and […]

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Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  This week we call to mind the unconditional love of Jesus who gave his life for us. Commemorating the events that led to our salvation, we set our sights on celebrating the Lord’s’ victory over sin and death on Easter Sunday. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, one […]

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One of life’s continuing mysteries is the paradox of opposites. The beauty of light is revealed as it breaks through darkness.  Health is better appreciated after we have been ill.  Goodness is valued more when we have faced the terrible consequences of evil.  We recognize what order is after we have experienced chaos. Christians believe […]

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One day after Mass, a little boy came up to me, held his cell phone up and said, “Father, when I turn the voice recorder on, could you please say something to my dad?”  I replied, “What would you like me to say?”  The little boy responded, “I don’t know, but he doesn’t come to […]

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What happens when you go to church and discover that all sense of respect and reverence for God, people and sacred space is being abused and violated?  If you are Jesus in the Gospel, you get angry and start cleaning things up.  He arrived at the temple to begin the celebration of Passover. What began […]

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In the Hebrew Scriptures, Abraham is asked to kill his own son as a sacrificial offering. He must have wondered what kind of tyrant a God is who asked him to take his own son’s life.  Even so, he was willing to do what God wanted. Consequently, his son was spared, and he was blessed […]

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I have bad news and good news, which do you want to hear first?  When asked this question, what do we usually say?  If we say we want to hear the bad news first it might be because we want to get the unpleasant part over with and end with something positive.  If we want […]

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The Gospel story this Sunday is about a man who was suffering from the terrible disease of leprosy (Mark 1:40-45). His physical appearance was very unattractive, yet he did not let that stop him from approaching Jesus.  He humbly knelt before Jesus and asked him to make him clean.  The Gospel says that Jesus was […]

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