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May 3, 2015 - 5th Sunday after Easter

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April 26, 2015 - 4th Sunday after Easter

The pastor relate the story of how he was arrested - briefly. This is in response to the events of Mr. Gray's arrest. It can still happen. We are called upon to make our city and our world a more just place - for all of us.

1st Reading: Acts 4: 8-12Psalm: 1182nd Reading: 1 John 3: 1-2Gospel: John 15: 1-17
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April 19, 2015 - 3rd Sunday after Easter

Jesus came and "stood in their midst." They thought he was a ghost. "Touch me and see. A ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see that I have." What are we afraid of? Not that Jesus is a ghost. Not that he is not really alive. But perhaps our fear stems from our disbelief. Help us, Lord Jesus, believe in you.

1st Reading: Acts 3: 13-15 17-19Psalm: Psalm 42nd Reading: 1 John 2: 1-5Gospel: Luke 24: 35-48
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April 12, 2015 - 2nd Sunday after Easter

Our guest is Rev. Ray Martin, Chaplin at Howard Co Hospital. His brother's name is Thomas. This Sunday's gospel is about "Doubting Thomas". Thomas was "reborn" at Pentecost by the breath of the Holy Spirit. He was longer a "doubter" but a doer. We can be too. All we have to do is give up what holds us back.

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April 5, 2015 - Easter

"Come to Believe the Word" This is not easy because the Good News Of God is not easy to accept. It sounds too good to be true. God loves us unconditionally. This is the good news to we must spread.

1st Reading: Acts 10: 34 - 43Psalm: 1182nd Reading: Romans 6:3-11Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10
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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

9 Anne Maura English - the Minor Prophers. Four "minor" Minor Prophets....

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

8 Michael Kelly Isaiah. The Book is filled with dire predictions of destruction and ineffable words of soothing comfort....

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

7 Nan Ascone- Jerimniah. "And now a word from the Potter's Clay."

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

Psalms 22, 23 & 24 prefigure the death and resurrection and ascension of Jesus....

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April 4, 2015 - Easter Vigil

Willie Loman in Death of a Saleman and 1 Kings (Adonijah & Solomonn). Three men who shared a common fate - and flaw.

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March 8, 2015 - 3rd Sunday of Lent

The theme of this week's liturgy is "Come to Believe in the Word." It is a gift - like the song "It would have been enough." God so loved us, that he gave His only Son for us. It is the Good New. It sounds too good to be true - but it is. We can come to believe in this Word.

1st Reading: Exodus 20:1-17Psalm: 192nd Reading: 1 Cor 1: 22-15Gospel: John 2: 13-25
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March 1, 2015 - 2nd Week in Lent

Transfiguaration Sunday. Or better yet "Climbing a Mountain" Sunday. Both Jesus and Abraham climbed a mountain (a biblical shorthand for "suffered a lot") but they both came out of the experience stronger and wiser. Are we,too, to be asked like Abraham to give away out prized possession? There are certain non-negotiable item when it come to being a disciple of Jesus and giving up our prized possession is not one of them

1st Reading: Gen 22: 1-19Psalm: 1162nd Reading: Romans 8: 31-34Gospel: Mark (: 2-10
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February 22, 2015 - 1st Week of Lent

"Now is the Time" "Listen to the Good News" Thus our banner proclaim the beginning of Lent. And what is the Good News?" It's about God. It's about the God that Jesus calls Abba = Father, Dad. If it's not about the God who loves us completely, who forgives us relentlessly. and is on our side religiously - it's NOT "Good News"

1st Reading: Gen 9: 8-17Psalm: 252nd Reading: 1PeterGospel: Mark1 12--15
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February 18, 2015 - Ash Wednesday

We sit along on the dark. We know that we are not alone in the dark - we are with one another. Which is exactly what we should be doing during this Lent - making sure that our brothers and sisters are not alone. In the dark.

1st Reading: Joel 2 : 12-18Psalm: 512nd Reading: 2 Cor 5-20, 6-2Gospel: Matthew 6:1-6. 16-28
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February 15, 2015 - 6th Ordinary Sunday

Jesus was an observant Jew. Yet he broke the law - He touched the leper. We are to be like Jesus - a fiercely observant member of our catholic community.

1st Reading: Lv 13; 1-2, 44-46Psalm: 322nd Reading: 1 Cor.10: 31, 11:1 Gospel: Mark 1: 40-45
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February 8, 2015 - 5th Ordinary Sunday

They "get it". Who? Peter's mother-in-law, 1:30, and the poor widow in the temple who contributed 2 coins, 12:40. The beginning of the public ministry and the last day of the public ministry. An arching of the Gospel of Mark. He came "to serve" and not "to be served".

1st Reading: Job 7:1-4.6-7Psalm: 1472nd Reading: 1 Cor. 9: 16-19, 22-23Gospel: Mark 1: 29-39
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January 18, 2015 - 2nd Ordinary Sunday

Different calls - the one to Samuel is unclear, the one from John the Baptist is very clear. God works that way sometimes. Prayer, discernment, action - these are the steps we are to take.

1st Reading: I Samuel 3:1-20Psalm: Psalm 402nd Reading: I Corinthians 6:13c-20Gospel: John 1:35-51
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January 11, 2015 - Baptism of the Lord

Evangelization. It's spreading the "Good news". So what is the "good news" It's not about getting people to come to St Vincent's, or getting people excited about Christ - it getting people excited about God. Because God loves us and there's no power on earth that can make Him stop loving us.

1st Reading: Isaiah 42:1-7Psalm: Psalm 292nd Reading: Acts 10:34-43Gospel: Mark 1:7-11