Thoughts From Fr. Tom

January 23, 2015

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Today we hear the calling of the first disciples from Mark’s Gospel. Jesus calls two sets of brothers, Simon and Andrew and James and John. All are fishermen either casting their nets or mending their nets. Jesus proclaims to them: This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and…

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January 16, 2015

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As the Christmas season has ended, this week we return to Ordinary Time in our Church year. We move from stories about Christ’s birth to stories about his public ministry. The scriptures for this weekend include the theme of being called. We hear about Samuel in the first reading being called by the Lord and…

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January 9, 2015

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Today we end the season of Christmas as we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. At Jesus’ birth, he was proclaimed as the Savior of the World. At his baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist, the voice from the heavens proclaims: You are my beloved Son; with you I…

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January 2, 2015

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! May the blessing of a new year fill your hearts with joy. As we usher in the new year of 2015, we continue our celebration of the Christmas season with the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. This feast has been described as the brightness of Christmas shining on us as…

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December 26, 2014

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! We continue our celebration of Christ’s birth this weekend with the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. As we rejoice at the miracle of Christ’s birth, God becoming one of us through Jesus, we also remember that Jesus spent human life among a family. As we hear in the…

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December 19, 2014

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On this last Sunday of the Advent season, the focus of the Gospel is on Mary and the Annunciation by the angel Gabriel that she is to give birth to Jesus. The angel says of Jesus: He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give…

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December 12, 2014

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Today we hear from the Gospel of John and his introduction of John the Baptist: A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. Once again, it is…

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December 5, 2014

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n this weekend’s Gospel, John the Baptist appears on the scene of our Advent journey. The Gospel of Mark proclaims John’s appearance with the words from Isaiah: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the…

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November 29, 2014

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This weekend we begin the season of Advent and light the first candle on our Advent wreath. Amidst the growing darkness outside and in our world, we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Light, Jesus. He is the Light that breaks through the darkness. The Gospel for this First Sunday of Advent reminds us…

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November 21, 2014

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Today is the Last Sunday in Ordinary Time which brings the liturgical year of the Church to a close. This celebration has become known as the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. As we hear in the Gospel, Jesus is the Servant King who calls us to recognize him in our…

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November 14, 2014

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The Gospel parable for today begins with these words: A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another two; to a third, one – each according to his ability. As we reflect on how each of the servants used his…

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November 7, 2014

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This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Like All Souls Day last weekend, when this feast falls on a Sunday it takes precedence over the Sunday in Ordinary time. The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral church for the Bishop of Rome, the Pope. The Basilica was originally dedicated to…

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October 31, 2014

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Jesus reminds us in the Gospel today that the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments – You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. This sums up the greatest commandment and…

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October 24, 2014

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Jesus reminds us in the Gospel today that the whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments – You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and you shall love your neighbor as yourself. This sums up the greatest commandment and…

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October 17, 2014

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The religious leaders in the Gospel today try to entrap Jesus by asking a question: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? The intent of the question is to force him to make a choice between obedience to civil law or God’s law. A “yes” response means they can accuse…

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