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Pentacost Not Just Another Sunday

Posted by Debbra Beck on 5/27/21

PENTECOST Not Just Another Sunday!

              Pentecost, when the church was being established, was based on a Jewish festival which took place 50 days after the first full moon of spring. (We now celebrate Pentecost 50 days after Easter.) The apostles and their support group were looking for an ... Read More »

Feast of the Ascension

Posted by Debbra Beck on 5/20/21

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION – “Stop gawking!”

                As the Apostles watch Jesus ascend into heaven, two mysterious-looking characters wondered out loud to them, “Why are you gawking up at the sky?”  Calmly they tell the Apostles that Jesus is gone and will no longer be walking around and ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 5/13/21

6th SUNDAY OF EASTER – “LOVE ONE ANOTHER”

                This Sunday we ponder the second half of Jesus’ parable of the True Vine from John’s Gospel.  Jesus speaks these words during the Last Supper as he prepares his disciples for what is to come – his tragic passion and ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 5/13/21

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER  -  A FRUITFUL VINE OR A DEAD BRANCH?

                In today’s Gospel parable of the True Vine, Jesus gives us a vineyard image that people of the Holy Land would have been very familiar with.  Knowing this, Jesus urges us to remain connected to him, ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/30/21

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – DO YOU FEEL LIKE A WELL CARED FOR SHEEP?

                Today’s Gospel presents us with one of the most beloved images of Jesus who proclaims to us:  “I am the good shepherd!”  We usually think of a nice, clean-looking, smiling ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/23/21

3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER  -  ARE WE “OPEN-MINDED”?

                The Risen Christ has high expectations for his followers, but he really does help us to become good disciples.  In today’s Gospel the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and after a little bit of lunch of baked fish (He ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/16/21

                The Risen Jesus, after appearing to the women near the tomb, shows up mysteriously in the Upper Room where the Apostles were hiding out from the authorities.  He offers them peace and in doing so forgives them for abandoning him during his arrest, trials, torture, and execution.  But ... Read More »

Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/12/21

EASTER – THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD – “ AND THE WINNER IS … AND STILL CHAMP… “

                Today we celebrate the victory of Christ over his opponents – sin and death, the evil one and evildoers!  Through the last three days of the Sacred Triduum, we prayerfully ... Read More »

Palm Sunday

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/08/21

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION – “STEP RIGHT UP!  COME AND GET YOUR FREE PALM!”

                This is the feast day that has had a kind of identity problem.  Years ago it was always “Palm Sunday”, and then it was changed to “Passion Sunday”.  Now it is entitled, ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/29/21

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – A PARADOX!

                As we get very close now to Holy Week and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus tells us in the gospel today that he, like “a grain of wheat, must fall to the ground and ... Read More »