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Excuses, excuses, excuses!

Posted by Christine Rasure on 6/23/22

Written by Sister Ruth Emke

Excuses, excuses, excuses!

Today’s readings show us different reactions to the call to discipleship, all filled with excuses to delay this call. But all of us are called to follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Yet it is so easy to come up with excuses... I can’t ... Read More »

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Posted by Christine Rasure on 6/18/22

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – “How can he feed so many?”

On this special celebration (used to be Corpus Christi), we are called to reflect on the incredible mystery of the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist and how Jesus gives us life through ... Read More »

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Posted by Christine Rasure on 6/08/22

Feast of the Most Holy Trinity – Does God really want to be a mystery to us?God has expressed himself to us through the beauty of nature and all of creation, through the twists and turns of human history and salvation history, through the prophets and wisdom of the ... Read More »

Solemnity of Pentecost

Posted by Christine Rasure on 6/04/22

Solemnity of Pentecost – Who’s got the spirit? Do you have the spirit?Yes, we all have the Holy Spirit, if you have been confirmed! Or unless we have lost the Spirit through negligence or apathy, we are meant to be Spirit-filled Catholics every day.

With this major feast day, ... Read More »

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Posted by Christine Rasure on 5/26/22

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord–“Now what do we do?”

Today’s liturgy celebrates one of the major components of the great Paschal Mystery that we usually think of as the death and resurrection of Jesus, but it also includes the Ascension of Jesus into heaven and seated at ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Christine Rasure on 5/19/22

What? More gifts?

On the night before Jesus died (Holy Thursday), Jesus gave his disciples the extraordinary gift of the Holy Eucharist. In today’s gospel, we hear there is even more the Lord gives to us, namely God’s Holy Spirit and the gift of God’s peace. This is actually ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Christine Rasure on 5/04/22

“Good Shepherd Sunday”

Our Good Shepherd, Jesus, reminds us today what he expects of us: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Do we really take some serious time to listen to the voice of our divine Shepherd? Are we open enough to receive ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Christine Rasure on 4/28/22

“Catch anything yet?”

Someday our Lord Jesus, I think, will ask each of us the same question he asked Peter in our Gospel today. Being rather tepid about starting to evangelize the world as Jesus had earlier instructed them, Peter and his buddies went fishing with no luck at ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Easter

Posted by Christine Rasure on 4/22/22

Surprise! I'm back!

What else did Jesus say to the Apostles and his friends as they were hiding out from the authorities in fear of being arrested? The Gospel today quotes the risen Lord as simply offering this greeting: “Peace be with you.”  But I really imagine our Lord ... Read More »

Easter Sunday

Posted by Christine Rasure on 4/14/22

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord – ALLELUIA! “He had to rise from the dead.”

We are here today in church for our Easter Mass because we believe that Jesus, on the third day after his death and burial, did really rise from his tomb in Jerusalem nearly ... Read More »