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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March 21, 2014

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The Gospel for this Sunday is the powerful story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well. While the story is lengthy, it is rich with symbolism and reminders of the life Jesus invites us to share with him. Jesus recognizes the woman as an outcast of society and through their dialogue he…

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March 14, 2014

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In today’s Gospel we hear Matthew’s version of the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountaintop. This event in Jesus’ life reveals his identity as the voice from the cloud says: This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him. Jesus is preparing his disciples for his death and resurrection by…

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February 28, 2014

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One of the questions Jesus poses in today’s Gospel is: Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? I think we all know the answer to that question yet worrying stresses many of us out and if anything can actually shorten our life. So what are we to do in…

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February 21, 2014

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The Gospel passage we hear today ends with Jesus saying: So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. Before that he instructs his followers to turn the other cheek on those who strike you, to give even more to those who ask something of you, and to love your enemies. These teachings of…

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Thoughts From Fr. Tom

February 14, 2014

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The Gospel for this weekend begins with Jesus saying: Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Jesus is reminding us that he is the fulfillment of all God’s promises which are rooted in God’s law of love. Jesus, in…

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February 7, 2014

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In the Gospel today, Jesus refers to his disciples in two important ways: You are the salt of the earth and you are the light of the world. Salt enhances the flavor of the food it touches and light is necessary to help us see our way, especially through the darkness. What wonderful images for…

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January 31, 2014

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This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This Feast falls forty days after Christmas and marks not only the Jewish legal requirements for purification after childbearing, but also the custom of presenting a first-born son to God in the Temple. As Jesus is presented in the Temple, his identity is…

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January 24, 2014

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In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls Peter and Andrew. At once they left their nets and followed him. Jesus then calls James and John. Immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. The response to the call of Jesus for these first followers was immediate. They did not know where the journey would…

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January 17, 2014

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This week we enter into the season of Ordinary Time. Remember, in this sense Ordinary means counted or numbered time. We will now be counting the Sundays until we begin the season of Lent. These Sundays of Ordinary Time do not focus on any particular aspect of Christ’s life like Christmas or Easter, but reveal…

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January 10, 2014

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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which also marks the end of the Christmas season. We hear in the Gospel about Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Often the question is asked as to why Jesus needed to be baptized since we are baptized into…

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January 3, 2014

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we enter 2014, may the light that came into our world through the birth of Jesus, continue to shine brightly in our lives throughout the year. We continue our celebration of the Christmas season today with the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The familiar story of the magi from…

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December 27, 2013

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! We continue to rejoice in the birth of Christ and the miracle of God becoming one of us. I hope your celebrations of Christmas Eve and Day were blessed ones, but remember to celebrate the fullness of the Christmas season, which lasts until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January…

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December 20, 2013

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e bring our Advent journey to a close on this Fourth Sunday of Advent and our readings help us anticipate the great feast of Christ’s.Today we hear the story of the angel appearing to Joseph in a dream and telling him that Mary will give birth to a child who will fulfill the promise God…

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