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  • December 5: Make Straight His Paths (Advent 2C) December 2, 2021
    “I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:4-6. As we begin this holy season of Advent, we turn to the gospel of Saint Luke. He introduces John the Baptist with great fanfare – the herald […]
  • November 14: Fixed, Firm & Shining (33 B) November 12, 2021
    “I set the Lord ever before me…You show me the path to life – the fullness of joys in your presence, the delights of your right hand forever.” Psalm 16: 5, 9-11. When we read in scripture warning signs, such as falling stars, or times of tribulation, we need further assurance since God’s love remains […]
  • November 7: Hiding in Plain Sight (32 B) November 4, 2021
    “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury…. She, from her poverty, has given all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:41-44. In Mark’s gospel, we read about a widow of great personal courage and generosity. Jesus picks her out of the crowded temple, […]
  • October 31: What’s Best? What’s Good? (31 B) October 28, 2021
    “Jesus said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.'” Mark 12:28-34. On this last day in October, Halloween, otherwise known as All Hallows’ Eve, we celebrate a triduum of All Saints Day on Monday and All Souls on Tuesday. Before the start of Advent and the Christmas season, we reflect on […]