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Biblical Reflection for Ash Wednesday – February 14th, 2018 On Ash Wednesday the Church begins her great Lenten journey with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. For centuries, Lent has been a very intense spiritual journey and experience for the followers of Jesus Christ. Why are there 40 days in Lent? It took 40 days ...read more
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – February 11th, 2018 The first reading for this Sunday outlines the harsh laws for people with skin diseases usually labeled correctly or incorrectly as a form of leprosy (Leviticus 13:1-2; 44-46). Throughout history, few diseases have been as dreaded as the horrible affliction known as leprosy. It ...read more
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – February 4th, 2018 The centerpiece of the stone ruins of the village of Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee’s northwest shore is the black octagonal Church of the Panis Vitae (Bread of Life), built directly above what is believed to be Simon Peter’s house, the setting for ...read more
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 28th, 2018 At the beginning of Mark’s story of the Son of God, we read of the calling of the first disciples (1:16-20) and the confrontation with evil (1:21-28). The calling, influenced by the compelling calls of the prophets (e.g., Isaiah 6:1-13; Jeremiah 1:14-19), is a ...read more
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 21st, 2018 Those with literal minds will question many things about the Jonah story [Jonah 3:1-5, 10]: the great fish, the size and population of this immense city, and the conversion of the Assyrians. On the other hand, those who really listen to and view this ...read more
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – January 14th, 2018 Reflecting on today’s readings, especially the call of Samuel and of Andrew and his brother, I remembered something that the German Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from his prison in Nazi Germany, that “only by living unreservedly in this life’s duties, problems, successes and ...read more