Tag: Sunday Scriptures

Don’t go it alone this Lent

Don’t go it alone this Lent

| Deacon Andrew Thuringer | March 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Gospel for this first Sunday of Lent, we are told that immediately after his baptism, Jesus goes out into the desert, “to be tempted by the devil.” But is that all he is up to for those long 40 days?

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Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

Amid distractions, prayer helps lead us to Jesus

| Deacon Charles Friebohle | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just imagine that you’re going up north on vacation, and on the way you see a blind beggar on the side of the road. You stop to help the man, and he tells you something about yourself that not even your family members can see. This describes the Gospel passage for Oct. 25.

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Faith matures through adversity: How we can stand the test

Faith matures through adversity: How we can stand the test

| Deacon John Powers | August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the 20th Sunday in ordinary time, the Church gives us three readings about the Gentiles. Our first two readings give us a positive image of the relationship between God and the Gentiles, and I especially like the first reading, Isaiah’s prophecy about “the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord.” But I find the Gospel challenging because I am a Gentile, and so Christ’s interaction with the Canaanite (Gentile) woman is personally disturbing because he seems unwilling to minister to her and, by analogy, to us.

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Live the life of love our Mother Church gives us

Live the life of love our Mother Church gives us

| Deacon Mitchell Bechtold | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

This coming Sunday we celebrate the great joy of motherhood and honor those who bear this title. Our own birth mothers may be easy enough to identify and honor, but what of our spiritual mother, which is the Church?

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Be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit

Be attentive to the voice of the Holy Spirit

| Deacon Kevin Manthey | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Through the life of the prophet Simeon, St. Luke shows us there are three steps to being faithful to the promptings of the Holy Spirit: living in communion with the Spirit, hearing the Spirit, and acting on the promptings of the Spirit.

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Don’t be afraid to take Mary into your home

Don’t be afraid to take Mary into your home

| Deacon Sam Wagner | December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

How can we live like St. Joseph in the presence of Jesus and Mary? Simple: by prayer.

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Helping us to see the face of Christ

Helping us to see the face of Christ

| Deacon Grant Gerlach | October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

In this Gospel reading, it is the tax collector who goes home justified, for “the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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Leper shows us best way to give thanks to Christ

Leper shows us best way to give thanks to Christ

| Deacon Timothy Gapinski | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ten lepers were healed by Jesus, but only one returned. On the surface, this passage is about being thankful to God. But its full meaning goes deeper.

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Path to holiness paved by humility, doing God’s will

Path to holiness paved by humility, doing God’s will

| Deacon Paul Shovelain | July 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Prestige, status, honor, glory, wealth: Are these the things that motivate us? The Scriptures for this coming weekend seek to purify our motivation. In the Gospel, Jesus warns against greed. His parable about the farmer encourages us to store up treasure in heaven rather than on earth.

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Focusing on ‘the one thing necessary’

Focusing on ‘the one thing necessary’

| Deacon Marc Paveglio | July 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

I love to cook. And, to be honest, I’m not too shabby at it. A few years back, I was cooking a tasty meal for 20 of my brothers in the seminary.

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What’s holding you back from following Jesus today?

What’s holding you back from following Jesus today?

| Deacon Manuel Gomez | October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Our human way of thinking is not God’s way of thinking. Take our Gospel reading for Sunday: A young man approaches Jesus and asks him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life.”

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Our priests help us to grow closer to Christ

Our priests help us to grow closer to Christ

| Deacon John Drees | July 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

Have you ever seen or done something that you ­couldn’t wait to tell a friend about? You may have wished that your friend was right beside you. Or you pulled out your cell phone and called or texted that person immediately.

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