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Scripture Readings: Proverbs 31.10-13,19-20, 30-31; 1 Thessalonians 5.1-6; Matthew 25.14-30 A man going on a journey summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them, according to the abilities of each. To one, he gave five talents; to a second, he gave two talents; to a third, one talent. Immediately the servant who received five talents investedContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 15, 2020 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time”
I was lucky to have a mother who never stopped teaching, even on a shopping trip. – S. Joan “Now stay on the second note when I go up,” mother coached me. So for the 50 miles to St. Cloud in the car we kept singing, mother repeating, “When it’s spring time in the Rockies…”Continue reading “Harmony”
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Scripture Readings: Revelation 7.2-4,9-14; 1 John 3.1-3; Matthew 5.1-12 “Blessed are the poor in spirit; the reign of God belongs to them.” – Matthew 5.3 The beatitudes turn our assumptions about whom God blesses upside down. The eight sayings challenge us to live in ways quite contrary to profit-motivated values. The beatitudes expand in detail what theContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 1, 2020 – Feast of All Saints”
Sunday Readings: Exodus 22.20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1.5-10; Matthew 22.34-40 “Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest?” – Matthew 22.36 In the gospels of the fall Sundays, Jesus inhabits the temple courts, teaching and disputing questions with other Jewish teachers and officials. The issues — tenants, taxes, and this Sunday, which commandment of the 613 is greatest? As citizens thisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 25, 2020 – 30th Sunday Ordinary Time”
In Advent this year (only 8 weeks away) we read from the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s gospel is the shortest; also the one written closest to Jesus’ time. This fall is the perfect time to start a Bible study with friends or parishioners. Sister Joan explores the stories and themes of Marks’ Gospel in 11 short chapters, makingContinue reading “Bible Study: The Gospel of Mark”
This poem was first sent to me by a dear friend, Mary Gormley Frenza. For years, we sent it to each other every autumn. This year it goes to all of you. May the harmony of leaf and flower be your companion today. APOLOGY TO MY NEIGHBORS IN AUTUMN In these still days far lovelierContinue reading “Friday Autumn Poem”
Sunday Readings: Isaiah 25.6-10; Philippians 4.12-14,19-20; Matthew 22.1-10 “The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out onto the main streets and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” – Matthew 22.9 The meal Jesus describes in Sunday’s gospel parable is more than the lavish dinner Luke describes in hisContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for October 11, 2020 – 28th Sunday Ordinary Time”
Scripture Readings: Isaiah 5.1-7; Philippians 4.6-9; Matthew 21.33-43 “With that the tenants seized the son, dragged him outside the vineyard, and killed him. When the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” – Matthew 21.40 The vineyard workers in Sunday’s gospel are tenants. Like them, my family lived on someoneContinue reading “October 4, 2020 – 27th Sunday Ordinary Time”