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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 21, 2015 There are many biblical passages that reveal the imagery of the angry sea. The Lord redeems his people from slavery in Egypt by turning the sea against the Egyptians [Exodus 15:8]. Other times the roaring waves of the sea are tamed only after fierce ...read more
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – June 14, 2015 The growth of plants, trees, flowers and grass, takes place very quietly and slowly, without our knowing. This growth permeates three of the four readings for this Sunday (Ezekiel 17:22-24, Psalm 92, Mark 4:26-34). Let us look at each of three readings then apply ...read more
Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Year B – Sunday, June 7, 2015 Today’s Gospel [Mark 14.12-16,22-26] links Jesus’ death with Israel’s great feast of liberation, the Passover. At the first Passover, the blood on the doorpost prevented the death of the firstborn. The bread broken at the Last Supper symbolizes the disciples’ sharing ...read more
Feast of the Holy Trinity – Sunday, May 31, 2015 One of the important dimensions of our Trinitarian God is the community of love and persons modeled for us in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. For Christians, the Trinity is the primary symbol of a community that is held together by containing diversity within ...read more
Solemnity of Pentecost, Year B – Sunday, May 24, 2015 Christian theology of the Holy Spirit is rooted in Judaism. The term Spirit translates the Hebrew word (ruah) and even in the pronunciation of it we detect God’s wind and breath. The wind of God, the breath of God, the presence of God are all ...read more
Ascension of our Lord, Year B – Sunday, May 17, 2015 The angels’ words to the “men of Galilee” in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord (1:1-11) are painfully blunt and leave little room for misinterpretation: “Why do you stand here looking up ...read more
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB We still have profound lessons to learn from the women who ran to the tomb that first Easter morning. They represented countless, nameless, yet devoted women who were part of the crowds that Jesus addressed and in the homes he frequented. They were the courageous ones who reached out fearlessly to touch the fringe of ...read more
Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B – May 10, 2015 On this Sixth Sunday of Easter, I wish to offer some reflections on the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles [10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48], and then some thoughts on friendship flowing from John’s Gospel [15:9-17] and Benedict XVI’s teaching. Christianity demands that the believer ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B – May 3rd, 2015 In John’s Gospel (15:1-8) for the 5th Sunday of Easter, we have the image of the vine and its branches to express the relationship between Christ and his disciples. We should not be surprised that at one level it seems utterly simple, but that at ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B – April 26, 2015 In the Bible and in the ancient Near East, “shepherd” was a political title that stressed the obligation of kings to provide for their subjects. The title connoted total concern for and dedication to others. Tending flocks and herds is an important part of the ...read more