Thoughts From Fr. Tom

August 29, 2014

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Last weekend, we heard Jesus say to Peter: You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. This week Jesus rebukes Peter saying: Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do. Things can change quickly on the road…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

August 22, 2014

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In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus pose this question to his disciples: Who do people say that the Son of Man is? After a few responses, he then directly asks the disciples: But who do you say that I am? Jesus seems to be asking whether they have grown beyond the answers of the crowd…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

August 15, 2014

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The Gospel for this weekend may seem a little confusing at first. In his encounter with the Canaanite woman, Jesus appears to be harsh in his response to her. She is asking him to help heal her daughter, but because among the Israelites she was considered a foreigner and outcast, he says: I was sent…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

August 8, 2014

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The Gospel we hear today shares the story of Jesus calming the storm and walking on the water. While the disciples respond in fear when they see Jesus, his response to them is: Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. Then Peter asks Jesus: Lord, if it is you, command me to come…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

August 1, 2014

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The Gospel today begins with saying that Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. Jesus had just learned about the death of his cousin, John the Baptist, so he was likely wanting some time alone to grieve and pray. But Jesus puts the needs of others first. When he sees the…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

July 25, 2014

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The Gospel this weekend continues with Jesus using various parables that reveal images for the kingdom of heaven. We hear that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field…like a merchant searching for fine pearls…like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. These parables stress the…

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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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