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Commentary – 3B Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes it’s easy to want to know what will happen next. It helps us feel in control. The readings this weekend invite us to a different path, however, one where we are invited to say “yes” to the One who loves us, even if we don’t know all the answers. — Angie Windnagle (LPi Connect)

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Commentary – 2B Sunday in Ordinary Time

Andrew’s willingness to evangelize brought Peter to become a disciple of the Lord. Andrew’s love for Peter moved him to share the truth and joy he had found. How blessed to have someone care enough to step out in faith and share the life found only in Jesus. — Allison Gingras (LPi Connect)

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Baptism

Baptism introduces us into the fellowship of God’s people that is the Church by shaping our inner selves into the likeness of Jesus Christ. Just as the Spirit hovered over the waters at Creation and brought forth life, so now,the same Spirit hovers over the waters of baptism and brings forth the life of Christ in us, a new creation.

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Commentary – The Baptism of the Lord (B)

It is through our baptisms that we are gifted with the direction and purpose we need to be productive stewards and faithful Christians. It is not only about eternal salvation. In baptism, we receive what we need to fulfill our purpose and labor for the kingdom of God. — Rev. Mark Suslenko (LPi Connect)

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The Fourth Wise Man

Based on Henry van Dyke’s classic, The Story of the Other Wise Man, this fictional story set in Biblical times is told in gently comic terms. A Magi named Artaban (Martin Sheen) sees a sign in the heavens that he hopes will lead him and his faithful servant to the Messiah.

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Divine Self-Revelation

God takes the initiative in leading us to religious faith. It is our personal experience that God is always the initiator when it comes to salvation. We do not have to go chasing after God as if God were hidden and avoiding detection.

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Commentary – Epiphany (B)

While the visit of the magi, representing the nations of the world, is a sign that the salvation offered by the newborn King is for all times and peoples, theologians also saw the magi’s journey as a symbol of conversion and the journey of faith that each of us is traveling. —Bro. Silas Henderson, S.D.S. (LPi Connect)

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Fr. Tony’s Homily – Holy Family (B)

Today’s readings focus on the circumstances leading up to the first coming of Jesus, the event which sets the pattern for his coming to us now and at the end of time. The Gospel stresses the key role of Mary in the work of our salvation. In addition, today’s Scripture texts describe God’s promise to David and its fulfillment in Jesus, the Son of David. They also tell us that God’s preparation for the coming of Jesus was full of surprises.

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Family Life

A healthy family life also includes education and formation in spiritual and religious values and principles. Mothers and fathers who themselves possess a healthy spirituality and practice positive religious expressions will pass these on to their children primarily by the example and witness of their lives.

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Commentary – Holy Family (B)

The Holy Family is the model for a Christian family. It was in this simple home that Jesus, our Savior, grew into the man who would save the world. It was in the humble surroundings of his home life that this great man spent most of his life on earth. —Douglas Sousa (LPi Connect)

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The Grace of God

The Hail Mary (Latin: Ave Maria) is a traditional Scripture-based Christian prayer of praise for and petition to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic version of the prayer closes with an appeal for her intercession. In Catholic Latin Church, the prayer forms the basis of the Rosary and the Angelus prayers.

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Fr. Tony’s Homily – 4B Advent

Today’s readings focus on the circumstances leading up to the first coming of Jesus, the event which sets the pattern for his coming to us now and at the end of time. The Gospel stresses the key role of Mary in the work of our salvation. In addition, today’s Scripture texts describe God’s promise to David and its fulfillment in Jesus, the Son of David. They also tell us that God’s preparation for the coming of Jesus was full of surprises.

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Commentary – 4B Advent

Today our readings remind us that we are on the verge of celebrating the coming of God enfleshed to live as a man among the human children of the Divine Father.

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14c-16;
Psalm 89:2-5, 26, 28;
Romans 16:25-27;
Luke 1:26-38

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The Rights of Conscience

Can anyone, Church or state, coerce me into doing something I believe to be wrong? Who is to decide what is right and what is wrong? In the 20th century, we saw the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, where German leaders from the Nazi era were convicted of war crimes even though they claimed they were just following orders….

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Commentary – 3B Advent

The 3rd Sunday in Advent is Gaudete [gow-DAY-tay] Sunday, from the Latin word that means “rejoice.” The title for the 3rd Sunday in Advent comes from the first Latin word in the entrance antiphon, which begins: “Rejoice in the Lord always.”

Isaiah 61:1-2, 10-11;
Luke 1:46-50, 53-54;
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24;
John 1:6-8, 19-28;

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Soldier Homecomings

Homecoming is the central theme of the Scripture readings for the Second Sunday of Advent. All three readings focus on the absolute necessity of our getting ready for Christ’s “Homecoming” into our hearts and lives by true repentance, reparation, prayer and the renewal of our lives.

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Commentary – 2B Advent

Today’s readings focus on release from captivity and restoration. In the second week of Advent, we continue to turn our thoughts to the “comings” of God the Son in the past and the future.

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11;
Psalm 85:9-14;
2 Peter 3:8-14;
Mark 1:1-8

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Commentary – 1B Advent

The Body of Christ begins the new liturgical year with a plea for God’s visitation from the Book of Isaiah. As Christians, we believe that Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead” Every generation of Christians anticipates that day.

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7;
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19;
1 Corinthians 1:3-9;
Mark 13:33-37

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Human dignity and the Catholic Church

The Feast of Christ the King provides an occasion for a reflection on the dignity of human persons. If the fullness of majesty and power has been conferred on Jesus of Nazareth because of his obedience to the heavenly Father, then surely those persons who share in the same humanity within which Christ lived are doubly blessed with dignity and sacredness.

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For Greater Glory

The Cristero War (also known as Guerra de los Cristeros or Cristiada) in Mexico was an armed conflict that lasted from 1926 to 1929 between the government of Plutarco ElĂ­as Calles and militias of lay people, priests and Catholic religious who resisted the application of legislation and anticlerical public policies aimed at restricting the autonomy of the Catholic Church.

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Second Coming of Christ

Most fundamentalist teach their belief in the rapture, where those who are to be saved are taken silently up to the heavens to be with Christ before the great tribulation. This teaching is based on a bad interpretation of St. Paul.

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Aliens, Angels & Saints

The Church has always maintained a dialogue with the inhabitants of another world — the saints – that is both possible and profitable. That is what we proclaim when we say the Creed, “I believe in … the Communion of Saints” and when we celebrate All Saints Day.

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Communion of Saints

The communion of saints proclaims one of the most ancient beliefs of the Christian people. From the Apostles’ Creed, we claim that we believe in the communion of saints. This does not mean that the saints are lined up to receive Communion from the Lord in heaven! Communion here means fellowship or sharing in the gifts given by God to those whom God has chosen.

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Moral Responsibility

Just a few weeks from now, we will have the responsibility of going to the polls and casting our votes in federal, state,and local elections. We will be rendering “to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.

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A Man for All Seasons

Today’s Gospel reminds us of our dual citizenship. We are citizens of the world and citizens of Heaven. We have an allegiance and an obligation to each. We hope the obligations will never clash. But if they ever do, we must resolve them as Thomas More did, without compromise to our God or to our conscience.