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Weekly Reflection: 5/20/18

REFLECTION Feast of Pentecost May 19 – 20, 2018             Today we celebrate the day,that according to our Christian Tradition, was when “our Church was made manifest, by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.” (SC 6; LG 2) As with everything in the study of Sacred Scriptures, nothing appears in […]

From the Deacon’s Desk: 5/20/18

Dear Friends: Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. It’s the feast on which the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, comes to the Apostles. I find it amazing that before the Holy Spirit comes to the Apostles they are afraid of their own shadow. They hide from the Jewish leadership and […]

Weekly Reflection: The Ascension of the Lord

REFLECTION  Ascension of the Lord May 12-13, 2018   For the sake of His friends, it was necessary that the Risen Jesus spend time with them. They needed the reassurance that seeing and touching gives to people.  This experience offered them tangible proof that Jesus had truly been raised to […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 5/13/18

Dear Friends: Today, we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Except for a small section of the United States, this feast is celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter. As you can imagine, there is a lot going on in the Gospel of Mark 16:15-20. Today is […]

Weekly Reflection: 6th Sunday of Easter

REFLECTION Sixth Sunday Of Easter May 5-6, 2018  “This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.”             Sometimes we make things so complicated when it is really very simple.  All the rules and all the traditions are founded on the words of Jesus, “As the Father […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 5/6/18

Dear Friends: The Gospel today is from John 15:9-17. Anyone who knows Jesus, including us of this modern age, knows that a relationship must be a two-way relationship. I think we also realize that with any good relationship there are rules, written or at least understood. We’ve all heard the […]

Weekly Reflection: 5th Sunday of Easter

REFLECTION Fifth Sunday of Easter April 28-29, 2018              Today’s Gospel is the familiar story of the vine and the branches.   Jesus tells us that, “He is the true vine and God is the vine grower, who takes away every branch in Him which does not bear fruit and every […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 4/29/18

Dear Friends: Our gospel reading today is from the Gospel of John 15:1-8. Notice that Jesus uses another agricultural metaphor to get his point across. The parable of the vine and branches has its roots way back in Jewish history. We find reference to this in Jeremiah 2:21 and Isaiah […]

From the Deacon’s Desk 4/22/18

Dear Friends: Today is another famous Gospel story from John 10:11-18 about the Good Shepherd. Notice that many of the Gospel writers use agricultural venues in their storytelling. This is because, at the time of Jesus, agriculture was the main source of income for most of the people. They would […]