Connect! Sunday Reflections

A Hospitality of Presence

For Sunday, July 17, 2016, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t give your care, but give your heart as well.” Living the Gospel […]

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Parable of the Good Samaritan painting by Jan Wijnants, 1670.

Just How Good Was the Good Samaritan?

For Sunday, July 10, 2016, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Go ahead and perform a Google search for news stories about Good Samaritans. You will find a wide range of stories about people doing all sorts of kind acts:  Good Samaritan returns wallet containing over $200 to police. Good Samaritan talks about rescuing boy from Lake […]

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Laborers for the Harvest

For Sunday, July 3, 2016, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time In workshops, retreats, and classes I’ve offered over the years to parish and diocesan groups around the country, I’m consistently struck by the tension that many people feel between spirituality (which they often think of as something private) and action (which is, of course, more […]

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Volunteer Jim constructing a welcome sign at Biblical Tamar Park.

Answering the Call

For Sunday, June 26, 2016, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time “When was the last time you volunteered your time to try to help your community?” That was the question this past week on The Book of Questions Calendar that I purchased at the beginning of 2016. Hmm, I thought to myself, volunteering… I pictured myself raising […]

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A Lesson We Were Not Prepared For

For Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time It was my first day as a college student. Arriving at an Introduction to Education course, we found a chair placed in the middle of the room, facing the student desks. The professor asked one student to sit in the chair, facing the rest of us, […]

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Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

For Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time In October 2009, Abby Johnson worked as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. Witnessing an abortion on ultrasound convinced her of the brutality and immorality of the procedure. From that time, she has worked to uncover what goes on behind the walls […]

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A Foundation of Faith, Hope, and Love

For Sunday, June 5, 2016, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings this weekend put faith on center stage. As one of the theological virtues, faith is a gift given to us by God along with hope and love. Working together with hope and love, faith puts our lives and relationships in proper order and orients […]

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Where the World Ends and Heaven Begins

For Sunday, May 29, 2016, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum. (May the bread of Angels become bread for mankind.) This world is not always the easiest place to live. Few would mistake our earthly existence for heaven. Yet, we live in hope of heaven because God crashed into […]

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Claiming the Holy Trinity

For Sunday, May 22, 2016, Most Holy Trinity The day after Pentecost Sunday, we re-entered the “green days” of ordinary time. These are the days, weeks, and months when we are given a breathing space to allow the seeds of faith planted within us during our celebrations of Christmas, Epiphany, Easter, and Pentecost to begin […]

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Wind and Fire

For Sunday, May 15, 2016, Pentecost Sunday The house shook! Doors slammed! Curtains billowed! The winds screamed as they raced through the house! Was there a trace of smoke riding along? Even the patio screen door banged open! Our hearts began racing with fear of a tornado. Should we seek shelter? There was no basement […]

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The In-Between Time

For Sunday, May 8, 2016, Ascension of the Lord It happens to all of us now and again. We know what is coming, and yet we do not fully understand it: the anticipation of a wedding, or the birth of a first child, a graduation and the new life that commences, or the beginning of a […]

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The Spirit that Leads to Truth

For Sunday, May 1, 2016, 6th Sunday of Easter During my years in the seminary, the faculty warned us against cherishing “a myopic nostalgia for a church you did not know.” To a seminarian in the 80s, “a church we did not know” referred to the church before the Second Vatican Council. For young men […]

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