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Our gospel begins with the crowds pressing in on Jesus to hear his word.  That might cause a little dissonance in us because last Sunday, we left off with the folks in Jesus hometown ready to throw him off a cliff.  Well…we skipped a few verses, where Jesus goes (away from his home) to Capernaum, and there, as he preaches ...
How do we assign value to things?  How do we measure a person’s worth?  When I was studying in Spain, I accompanied a young couple whose fourth child had a congenital heart problem.  From the moment he was born up until he was seven months old, he never left the hospital.  He went through multiple surgeries fighting for his life.  ...
3rd in ORD. (C-8) How to be a hoper, in the midst of mopers! Have you ever been around people who always talk about the past as if it were golden in comparison to now? They tend to whine or mope around wishing it were the past. They lack joy, they sow seeds of negativity and they tend to make ...
2nd in ORD. (C-6) Give me the grace to fulfill it! Tomorrow, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s holiday, happens to be the date of a president’s Inauguration every 4 years. I have been able to see various 1st time events on this day. In 1962 I was 12 when we elected the 1st Catholic President. And John F. Kennedy did ...
Baptism of the Lord(C-6) Why bless the water? Years ago, while on Sabbatical in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of New Mexico, we had a speaker who showed us excerpts from the movie: “What the bleep do wee know?” There is a scene of experiments done in Japan with water. Using electrodes and screens, the scientists were able to magnify ...
The light and glory of the Lord shines upon you; the presence of God is made manifest.  This is what we celebrate on Epiphany.  We recall the three Magi led by the radiant star to Emmanuel – God with us – the light of the world.  But this is not just a celebration of a past encounter; It is a ...
As we stand so close to the breaking-in of the “light that enlightens everyone” coming into the world, Emmanuel – God-with-us, our readings turn our eyes towards the mother of the Lord, the woman of faith, whose Yes! to God’s word, was the beginning of a new birth, new hope, new life in our world, beyond what we can ask ...
What should we do? John the Baptist’s reputation grew so much that people came from all over to ask, “What must I do to amend my life?” His message was one of repentance, understood as re-looking at each life, and then letting oneself be changed by the re-look. John knew his people well enough to assign them things that would ...

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