Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

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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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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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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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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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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