Thoughts From Fr. Tom

July 18, 2014

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In the Gospel today, Jesus continues to tell stories that reveal something about the mystery of the kingdom of heaven. He uses familiar images: the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field…the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed…the kingdom of heaven is like yeast….

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

July 11, 2014

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Today’s Gospel is the familiar parable of the Sower and the Seed. As Jesus explains the parable, the seed that falls on the path, rocky ground, and among thorns, bears no fruit. Only the seed that falls on rich soil bears fruit. This seed represents the one who hears the word and understands it, who…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

July 7, 2014

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This weekend we celebrate the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Even though we have officially been in Ordinary Time the past 3 weekends, there have been special Feasts that have taken precedence. In Ordinary Time, we don’t focus on any particular aspect of Christ’s life but we hear in the scriptures about his mission and…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

June 20, 2014

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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, often referred to as Corpus Christi. As we hear Jesus say in the Gospel: I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever. This feast reminds us of the powerful gift of Christ’s…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

June 13, 2014

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God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. This scripture passage, John 3:16, is well known for being publicized at sporting events and other public gatherings. This passage is so popular because it reveals the heart of…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

June 6, 2014

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Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost and bring the Easter season to a close. The new life offered to us by Christ through his Resurrection now lives in us through the gift of the Holy Spirit given to the first disciples at Pentecost. In the Gospel today, we hear about Jesus appearing to the…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

May 30, 2014

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This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. In most dioceses in the United States it is no longer celebrated as a holy day on a Thursday but now takes the place of the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The Ascension reminds us that Jesus returned to his rightful place in heaven…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

May 23, 2014

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Jesus says to his disciples in the Gospel today: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Jesus reminds us that following him requires a commitment to being obedient to his commandments. Being a disciple of Jesus is not just a nice idea that we hope will get us into heaven but it is…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

May 16, 2014

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The Gospel for today begins with Jesus saying: Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God, have faith also in me. Do we allow our faith in God to comfort us when we are feeling troubled? Jesus reminds us that nothing can overwhelm us if we place our trust in him….

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

May 9, 2014

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This Fourth Sunday of the Easter season is traditionally referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday. While we honor Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares for and protects his flock, this year’s Gospel reading also uses the image of Jesus as the gate for the sheep. We hear Jesus say: Amen, amen, I say to…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

May 2, 2014

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On this Third Sunday of Easter, we hear the classic post-Resurrection appearance story of Jesus meeting two of his disciples who are leaving Jerusalem and on the road to Emmaus. The two disciples are disappointed and discouraged as they talk about the things that happened to Jesus and are doubtful that he is alive. At…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

April 25, 2014

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Our celebration of the Easter season continues on this Second Sunday of Easter which has also become known as Divine Mercy Sunday. In his address in the year 2000 establishing this special designation, Pope John Paul II said this Sunday is a perennial invitation to the Christian world, to face with confidence in divine benevolence,…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

April 19, 2014

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GREETINGS OF EASTER JOY BE WITH YOU ALL!  Our voices proclaim ALLELUIA for the LORD IS TRULY RISEN! As we gather together this Easter Sunday weekend, we celebrate the central belief of our Christian faith – that Christ came forth from the tomb to share with us the gift of eternal life. This divine gift…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

April 11, 2014

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This weekend we begin our celebrations of Holy Week with the procession of palms and hearing the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. As we gather for Palm Sunday, we recall the excitement of the crowd, we wave our palms and sing our hosannas. But as the readings for Mass begin, our mood quickly…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

April 4, 2014

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The Gospel for this 5th Sunday of Lent is the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. This story shows forth Jesus’ humanity as he weeps at the death of his friend Lazarus and tries to bring comfort to Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary. He is even referred to as being perturbed a couple…

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