2nd Sunday of Advent Reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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There's something about the shorter days at this time of year that makes me reflective…

I remember growing up with the family Advent wreath at the center of our big round dinner table. We were seven children, and so each of us got one day of the week to light the candles. (I was the fourth child, so Wednesday was my day.) I loved striking the match and watching the tapers catch fire.

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1st Sunday of Advent Reflection by Lisa Friedlander

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It's Advent. I know the Christmas music started weeks ago on the radio. I know there were Christmas decorations out in the stores before my kids even went trick-or-treating. I know there are only 21 shopping days left before Christmas. But, it’s Advent, not “almost Christmas” not “the holiday season,” Advent. According to the dictionary, advent means the arrival of something important or awaited. Today is the first day of intentional waiting and anticipation for something very important to Christians, the Incarnation; God becoming flesh.

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Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Reflection by Paul Nicholson

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The calendar of the church has come to an end. Sunday, November 26th is the last Sunday of the year and the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, though we usually call it by its official name: the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In the long arc of Church feast days and designations, this one is less than a 100 years old. Pope Pius XI established this solemnity in 1925.

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Maggie Hanley

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Over the years, this Gospel reading has been an ever-evolving lesson for me. In its literal sense, I have struggled with the master’s harsh criticism of the third’s handling of money. In turn, I find myself critical of the master, for his treatment of this poor servant—uncompassionate and lacking understanding. I wonder if my reaction is likely because I might have acted similarly. Thus, each time I read it, I feel an initial reaction of disdain, but know I must take a step back and re-examine how Christ is challenging me in this parable.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Rachel Espinoza

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In my ministry here at the parish, I have found myself speaking a lot about the Holy Spirit lately—with our RCIA Inquirers, our Confirmation students, and with parents at Sacramental Prep meetings. So when I read today’s readings, I got excited! Here’s another opportunity to talk about the Holy Spirit!

“Um, Rachel… the Holy Spirit?? Where do you see the Holy Spirit in today’s readings? The Spirit never gets mentioned by name in any of these passages!” I know it doesn’t seem like the Spirit’s in there at first glance, but let’s take a look!

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Nicole Zenner

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One of the thoughts that came to me while reading the three readings for this weekend, was what if every Catholic started a social media campaign posting and tweeting sentences from each reading?

“You shall not molest or oppress an alien.”
“You shall not wrong any widow or orphan.”
“You became a model for all the believers.”
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.”
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Deacon Tim

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We're all pretty familiar with today’s Gospel passage.  There a lot of sub-plots and meanings underlying the background of the coinage at the time of Jesus. Looking at the most obvious, the Herodians once again were trying to put Jesus in a compromising situation. They thought because of the head of the emperor on the coin Jesus would say it wasn’t acceptable for him to take the side of the Zealots who were considered terrorists and radicals, those who violently opposed the Romans.

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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Come, gather ‘round this table, all you from far and near.
Gather ’round this table, for all are welcome here.
— Marty Haugen “Gather ‘Round This Table”

Have you ever been invited to a wedding but really didn’t want to go? Maybe you had a rift with someone in the wedding party, or you were expected to purchase a pricey gift? Or perhaps you didn’t know the couple that well, or you just didn’t want to attend? Whatever the reason, I suspect that many of us have been in the position of declining a wedding invitation.

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection by Lisa Friedlander

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I’m a worrier. I know I shouldn’t be but I am. I may seem collected and even calm on the outside but a moment doesn’t go by without me worrying about something. Just the other day I was talking to my husband about his job search, our son’s high school options and my widowed mother and I must have said “doesn’t that stress you out?” and “aren’t you worried?”about a dozen times during our five minute conversation. He responded every time with some version of “what good will that do?” What good indeed! And I’m not the only one.

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