Connect! Sunday Reflections

As Jesus Loved

For Sunday, April 24, 2016, 5th Sunday of Easter For those old enough to remember, there is a popular Beatles song released in 1967 called “All You Need Is Love.” The song quickly became popular and still holds some measure of popularity even today. The point of the song is as clear as its title […]

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Which Child Are You?

For Sunday, April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter Which child are you? It is that time of the year: Easter comes; the weather in the Northern Hemisphere begins to warm; school children anticipate summer vacation; families gather. Reunions and graduations, vacations and weddings—whatever the occasion, families and friends anticipate time together for months as […]

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Continuing the Mission

For Sunday, April 10, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Easter Saint Peter had always been an enthusiastic follower of Jesus. His faith was generous and open, but also subject to the limits of human weakness. “The school of faith,” recalled Pope Benedict XVI, “is not a triumphal march but a journey marked daily by suffering and […]

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Healing Our Woundedness

For Sunday, April 3, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Easter Wounds! Wounds! Wounds! It seems that everywhere we look in our world today there are wounds! Last week’s horrendous happenings in Brussels brought back fresh memories of the tragedy in Paris not so long ago. That triggers the horrors of Boston and the more than three […]

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Credible Witnesses

For Sunday, March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Many years ago, there was a popular poster that read, “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” In today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear of the […]

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Welcoming and Rejecting Our Savior

For Sunday, March 20, 2016, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Why do we read the long narrative of Jesus’ suffering and death on Palm Sunday rather than just focus on his triumphant entry into Jerusalem? The primary reason is liturgical. Popularly, we call this Sunday of Holy Week “Palm Sunday” because of the traditional […]

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Person holding a rock depicting answer by Jesus from John 8:7.

Liberating Mercy

For Sunday, March 13, 2016, 5th Sunday of Lent I recently saw the small independent film, The Lady in the Van, starring Maggie Smith, otherwise known as the Countess of Grantham for all you Downton Abbey fans. (As I write this, the series finale is about to air here in the States.) The true story, which […]

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Our Ministry of Reconciliation

For Sunday, March 6, 2016, 4th Sunday of Lent Pope Francis’ latest book, The Name of God Is Mercy, provides some wonderful reflections on mercy and forgiveness as we celebrate this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis tells us that “Mercy is the first attribute of God. The name of God is mercy. There are […]

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This Same God Is Our God

For Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Lent Recently, the scientific community was shaken by the news that a theory of Einstein, made almost a hundred years ago, was verified. Through the use of an ultra-sensitive telescope, Dr. Nergis Mavalvala and her team at MIT, proved that there has been a ripple in space-time. […]

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Attentive to the Grandeur of God

For Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2nd Sunday of Lent Oh, to be Peter, James, and John! In the company of others, they walked with Jesus, heard him teach, saw him heal and perform miracles, had dinner with him. Who wouldn’t want to have such everyday moments with the Lord? Then, in Sunday’s Gospel, we hear […]

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Temptations of the Election Cycle

For Sunday, February 14, 2016, 1st Sunday of Lent It seems that all election cycles begin with voters bemoaning the lackluster candidates running for office. If this year’s candidates appear to be more mockable than ever, they are at least generating record turnout and voter interest. Election years provide an opportunity to take the pulse […]

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The Cost of Discipleship

For Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Choosing to follow Jesus may on one hand appear to require a yes or no response. For some it boils down to simply a matter of belief. It could center on whether one believes that Jesus is, in fact, God, whether he really has shown […]

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