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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/28/23

Lv 19:1-2, 17-18 | Ps 103 | 1 Cor 3:16-23 | Mt 5:38-48

The Gospel presents no small or easy mission. Rather, we hear in today’s gospel, Christians are called above and beyond the measures of our society or governmental laws. We are not called to simply put up ... Read More »

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/28/23

Sir 15:15-20 | Ps 119 | 1 Cor 2:6-10 | Mt 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37

Ask anyone for their definitions, understandings, and experiences of obedience, and you will be greeted with lots of grumbling and complaints. Children often feel like their lives are spent doing nothing but obeying their ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/28/23

Is 58:7-10 | Ps 112 | 1 Cor 2:1-5 | Mt 5:13-16

You are salt, and you are light.

What does Jesus mean when he calls disciples “salt of the earth?” Salt in the ancient world was a “critical necessity” used to season, preserve, and purify foods; to ratify ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 2/04/23

Zep 2:3; 3:12-13 | Ps 146 | 1 Cor 1:26-31 | Mt 5:1-12a

Throughout the Scriptures, we hear the consistent message that God does not operate in the ways we would imagine. God regularly proclaims a preference for the poor and oppressed and a special care for the widow ... Read More »

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 1/16/23

Is 49:3, 5-6 | Ps 40 | 1 Cor 1:1-3 | Jn 1:29-34

At the start of Advent, we entered a new liturgical year, which simply meant we began a new cycle of readings as we journey through a year from the announcement of the birth of Jesus through ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 1/08/23

Is 60:1-6 | Ps 72 | Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6 | Mt 2:1-12

In the 1993 film, “Rudy,” Rudy isn’t smart enough to get into Notre Dame. He’s too small to play football. Could he make a touchdown for the Fighting Irish in the final game of his senior year? ... Read More »

The Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 1/08/23

Nm 6:22-27 | Ps 67 | Gal 4:4-7 | Lk 2:16-21

Today’s gospel scene of the shepherds visiting the newborn Jesus takes place in what our second reading refers to as “the fullness of time.” There, Paul says to the Galatians, “When the fullness of time had come, God ... Read More »

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 12/31/22

Is 9:1-6 | Ps 96 | Ti 2:11-14 | Lk 2:1-14

The manger scene is one of the many beautiful traditions we as believers have around the Christmas season. In the weeks leading up to it, many of us have one on display in our homes whether on a ... Read More »

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 12/31/22

Gn 3:9-15, 20 | Ps 98 | Eph 1:3-6, 11-12 | Lk 1:26-38

One afternoon, a chef, as she sliced a red onion to sauté in butter, said that the storyboard of her mind floated back to the tiny onion seeds she had planted the January prior. She shared ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent

Posted by Fr Terry Grachanin on 12/31/22

Is 35:1-6a, 10 | Ps 146 | Jas 5:7-10 | Mt 11:2-11

This weekend, we hear of John the Baptist sitting in prison. He waits for the one who is to come. No angel bursts his bonds. No heavenly blast levels the stones to release him. The holy prophet ... Read More »

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