Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

October 10, 2014

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Jesus continues with parables about the kingdom of heaven in the Gospel today. A king invites many people to a wedding feast in honor of his son. For various reasons, many ignored the invitation. Some were busy with the tasks of the day, some refused to come, and some went so far as to kill…

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October 3, 2014

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The Gospel parable we hear today about the landowner and tenants is a foretelling of the way many will react to the message of Jesus. The tenants in the story seize and kill the servants and even the son of the landowner. They are seeking to gain the vineyard for themselves. But in the end,…

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September 26, 2014

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Jesus teaches an important lesson in the Gospel today about the need to repent and seek conversion of heart. In his story about the two sons and their response to their father we are all invited to see ourselves. The first son refuses the request of his father but then changes his mind later and…

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September 19, 2014

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In the Gospel today Jesus shares a parable that many people have a hard time swallowing. In our modern world, we value fairness and equality. But even in Jesus’ time, those hearing this parable would have thought it unfair that the laborers who only worked one hour at the end of the day would get…

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September 5, 2014

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In the Gospel today, Jesus acknowledges that sin exists among members of the community and that people will hurt one another. But instead of holding grudges or holding on to anger, Jesus offers some helpful steps for conflict resolution. Start by dealing with things ono-on-one, if that doesn’t work, involve one or two others, if…

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