The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Dear parishioners Blood is a central theme in all three readings today. We may have trouble understanding why it is so important, yet at every Mass we say “This is the chalice of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.” So, it is perhaps good to take a closer look at this. All of today’s readings are set in the context of the Jewish Passover.  The first reading recalls the old covenant celebrated at Sinai following the first Passover and the Exodus.
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The Most Holy Trinity (Year B)

On this Trinity Sunday, I was thinking that I would meditate especially on the second reading. “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not  receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!”” (Rom 8:14-15). If you are attentive I believe you can hear your heart cry out to the Father. It feels like a longing that goes beyond words. It often is a desire to love and be loved, to know the truth, to see
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Pentecost Sunday

Dear parishioners Today I thought I would start to elaborate a bit more on a vision for our beloved parish.  I figure that from time to time I can use these bulletins to develop this vision, and since it is Pentecost it is an excellent occasion. Stage 1 = Faith My life was changed when I received the Holy Spirit.  My mother tells me it was already in the womb, but we can be sure it was at baptism.  Nevertheless, I remember the first time that I felt like I received the presence of God in me.  It was when
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The Ascension of Our Lord (Year B)

Dear Parishioners There is much more to the Ascension than I initially thought, it is good to take a moment to reflect upon it. Jesus said during the Last Supper: “None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’  Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (Jn 16:5-7) According to this Scripture passage, it is better that Jesus not
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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

The Upper Room – Pope Francis  – Monday, 26 May 2014   In the Upper Room, the risen Jesus, sent by the Father, bestowed upon the apostles his own Spirit and with his power he sent them forth to renew the face of the earth (cf. Ps 104:30). To go forth, to set out, does not mean to forget. The Church, in her going forth, preserves the memory of what took place here; the Spirit, the Paraclete, reminds her of every word and every action, and reveals their true meaning. The Upper Room speaks to us of service, of Jesus giving the disciples an example by washing their
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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year B)

The metaphor of the vine and the branches that is used in today’s Gospel passage is quite strong. There are many elements to it, but for today let us break it down to three points: Life – In order to have the inner peace that we are looking for; in order to have that joy that wells up from the depth of our being and fills us from our head to our toes, we must learn to abide in God.  The branches must abide in the vine, the two have one life, i.e. the Life of the Holy Spirit that
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Fourth Sunday in Easter (Year B)

Dear Parishioners, This Sunday I wanted share you some excerpts from Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World. “REJOICE AND BE GLAD” (Mt 5:12), Jesus tells those persecuted or humiliated for his sake. The Lord asks everything of us, and in return he offers us true life, the happiness for which we were created. He wants us to be saints and not to settle for a bland and mediocre existence. The call to holiness is present in various ways from the very first pages of the Bible. We see it expressed in
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Third Sunday of Easter (Year B)

Three Stages in the Catholic Life   “He then opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45)   All too often we skim over this verse. We don’t stop to take a look at it.  Yet, it is an amazing verse.  The Lord saw that it was of the utmost importance that the disciples understand Christ in the light of the scriptures, “Ignorance of scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (St. Jerome). So the Lord Himself will open their minds, He does not simply explain the scriptures but He opens their minds to them. Just before this He encountered them,
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Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday (Year B)

The Disciples are cowering in an upper room.  Fear has beset their hearts. Why?  Perhaps, three reasons: the indifference of the world, the Jewish authorities are looking for them and finally they don’t understand and they doubt the message that the women who saw the empty tomb told them. The world’s indifference:  The days right after the crucifixion must have been eerie. The greatest event in history had just taken place.  The disciples must have remembered all the prophecies, they might not have known how it was going to happen but they had to have known that something was going
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Easter Sunday of The Resurrection of The Lord (Year B)

The Tomb is empty! The soldiers denied having seen the angel, nevertheless the Tomb was empty. The Scribes and the Pharisees wanted to cover this up, but still, the Tomb was empty. The disciples were cowering in the upper room, and yet the Tomb was empty. The holy women woke early to take care of his body, and yet the Tomb was empty. Two disciples ran to see if were true and they found that the Tomb was empty. Thomas will doubt that it was even possible, and still the Tomb was empty. The Mother of Christ held vigil all
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