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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 »

Holy Week: Ready to celebrate the Sacred Triduum?

Posted by Christine Rasure on 4/07/22

For this week to be truly “holy” for us, the Church calls upon everyone to observe and celebrate the Sacred Triduum, the holy three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday with its Easter Vigil. As has been said often, these are the holiest three days of ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/31/22

“Go, and sin no more!”

Hearing the Gospel today with Jesus not condemning the sinful woman, we are also faced with an important question– what person, aware of his or her own sin, could dare condemn another? But Jesus had to remind the scribes and Pharisees that if they ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/22/22

Are you prodigal?

How do you answer this question? Some may not even be clear about what “prodigal” actually means. The only time we seem to hear this word is when we have a reading from Luke’s Gospel about the prodigal son. Well, the dictionary says a “prodigal” is ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Lent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/18/22

Two Choices: Grow or Die

Using an agricultural image of a fig tree in an orchard, Jesus in the Gospel today gives us a parable with a lesson that sounds very dramatic: the fig tree in question should be cut down if it is unable to produce any good ... Read More »

Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/11/22

Transfigured? Transformed?

In the Gospel with Jesus, with his closest friends, Peter, John, and James on the top of a mountain, was transfigured – his look was now heavenly. Did Jesus’ transfiguration transform the three apostles? Yes, Peter seemed very excited and wanted to set up three shrines on ... Read More »

First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/02/22

“When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from (Jesus) for a time.”Indeed, as we know, Jesus was “like us in all things, but sin.” This even includes temptations that seem to have gone on past Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, as we hear so clearly in ... Read More »

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Christine Rasure on 2/23/22

“The blind leading the blind!”

Jesus poses big questions in today’s Gospel, ones that require deep inner reflection. It’s easy to slide along on the surface levels of life by staying busy, or just ignoring serious issues going on around us. Jesus asks, “Can a blind person guide a ... Read More »