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May 24, 2007

THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT,

MARCH 11

Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15; Psalm 103;

1 Corinthains 10:1-6, 10-12;

Luke 13:1-9

One of the features of most telephone systems today is caller ID. Not only do we not have to miss calls, we can actually determine who is phoning us.

But sometimes even this can be disconcerting, especially when we call the wrong number or wish to preserve our anonymity.

In a sense, Moses i...

May 24, 2007

FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT

MARCH 18

Joshua 5: 9-12; Psalm 34

2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32

The issue of inheritance looms large in this week’s scriptural passages.

The reading from the Book of Joshua describes a key moment in the history of God’s chosen people.Their wanderings in the wilderness have come to an end; they have crossed the Jordan River and entered the promised land camping at Gil...

May 24, 2007

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT,

March 25

Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126;

Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

Many people have had the experience of receiving something wonderful that they didn...

May 24, 2007

PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK,

APRIL 1-7

PALM SUNDAY

Procession with palms: Luke 19:28-40

At the Mass:

Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22;

Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56

This Sunday we enter upon a time known as Holy Week or the Great Week.

It begins today with Palm Sunday and the triumphant procession of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. This en-trance is a prelude to those events which God p...

May 24, 2007

EASTER SUNDAY

Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43;

Psalm 118; Colossians 3:1-4 or

1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; John 20: 1-9

When we say no, God says yes.

That is the message of Easter. On Good Friday human beings said no. On Easter, God overruled this no with his triumphant yes.

That is the earliest Christian understanding of Easter. It explains the use in the earliest Christian preaching of the verse from...

May 24, 2007

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER APRIL 15

Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16; Psalm 118;

Revelation 1:9-11a; 12-13; 17-19;

John 20:19-31

"Seeing is believing!"

That common expression seems to express the sentiments of an often-cynical world in which individuals can decide on their own what is true.

Yet we know that seeing does not always mean believing. The Christian response is the very opposite, that "believing...

May 24, 2007

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER, April 22

Acts 5: 27-32, 40-41; Psalm 30;
Revelation 5:11-14; John 21: 1-19

A fellow who did a lot of fishing while on this earth knocked at the Pearly Gates. But St. Peter had to tell him, "I’m sorry, no place for you here; you told too many lies in your days on earth."

"Aw, St. Peter," the fisherman argued, "You should understand. You were a fisherman, remember?"

Peter rem...

May 24, 2007

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER,

APRIL 29

Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100;

Revelation 7:9:14-17;

John 10: 27-30

In speaking to a group of Sunday School children, the pastor of a parish compared himself to a shepherd and his congregation to the sheep. Then he asked the children, "What does a shepherd do for his sheep?"

To the amusement of all present, a little fellow in the front row answered: "He shears th...

May 24, 2007

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, MAY 6

Acts 13:21-27; Psalm 145;

Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a, 34-35

Walk down the aisle of any supermarket. Scan the ads on TV. One word recurs in ever fresh combination: "new."

If it isn...

May 24, 2007

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD,

MAY 20

Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11; Psalm 47;

Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28, 10:19-23;

Luke 24:46-53

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord, which we celebrate this Sunday, is a feast of transition and tension.

Jesus departs this world to assume his rightful place at the right hand of the Father. Yet, even now, 2,000 years later, his parting may still touch us with a...

May 24, 2007

SIXTH SUNDAY IN EASTER, MAY 13

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67;

Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29
alternatives to the second reading and Gospel:

Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20; John 17:20-26

This time of year is one of moving on, especially as students end another academic year or graduate. But before they do, most students have to endure final exams.

The readings for these last Sundays of the E...

May 24, 2007

PENTECOST SUNDAY, May 27

At the Vigil Mass:
Ezekiel 37:1-14; or Joel 3:1-5; Psalm 104;
Romans 8:22-27; John 7:37-39

Mass During the Day:
Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104;
Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13
or Romans 8:8-17;
John 20:19-23 or John 14:15-16, 23-26

A little southern boy who had been drilled to be respectful in speaking to his elders was asked in religion class how many persons there are in...

May 24, 2007

A question I...

May 24, 2007

Some people in my parish have recently asked me about a book they received in the mail called "The National Sunday Law." It denounced the Catholic Church as "the first beast of the Apocalypse" and how Sunday worship is an offense against God. My parishioners don...

May 24, 2007

For a marriage to be truly valid, a marriage "by God," it must at least be a union of two mature people, one male and one female, who are normal in every sense of the word, who understand what they...

May 24, 2007

How does a Catholic respond to the question "Are you...

May 24, 2007

With all the talk about life issues, when does life begin, and how do we know?

From embryology, we find that human life begins at conception. When a human ovum is fertilized by a human spermatozoa, a zygote is formed, and we have a new human life. This new human being is not a "potential human life," for all that is necessary for a human life to exist is there from the moment of conception. We may use different terms to describe various...

May 24, 2007

Do parish councils or finance councils have any administrative authority within parishes?

The question is certainly a very timely one in light of recent events in our archdiocese.

Matters pertaining to the legitimate exercise of authority within parishes are governed by the universal law of the Church (the 1983 Revised Code of Canon Law); by the legitimate ordinances of the archbishop, his vicars and delegates; and by individual...