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Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Easter - We Are Witnesses

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 4/19/21

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; 1John 2:1-5a; Luke 24:35-48

Today’s homily is intentionally brief because anything I say will just get in the way of the clear message of the gospel. All of today’s readings are a bit long, but we’re going to strip everything away because the final words in ... Read More »

Homily for 5th Sunday of Lent - the Road not Taken

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 3/22/21

Readings: Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5:7-9; John 20:20-33

There is a lot to unpack in today’s gospel. First we’ve got these outsiders who show up with questions, and then Jesus gives a mini-parable about life and death. And then God shows up to make a little speech. And after that ... Read More »

Homily for 1st Sunday of Lent - The Desert

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 2/23/21

Readings - Genesis 9:8-15; 1Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:12-15

 

Today’s gospel is very short - only three sentences. But I want to distill it down even further because, I think, it’s useful to simplify things as much as possible. It’s a bit like making a sauce for dinner - ... Read More »

Using our Talents

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 11/15/20

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s gospel seems relatively straight-forward, but there are a couple of odd details worth talking about that will help us get to the meaning and purpose of the story Jesus tells. 

The first thing that’s often difficult for us to understand is the idea ... Read More »

Choose Love

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 10/12/20

We’re faced with an interesting situation this weekend. Usually, it’s the Old Testament 1st reading that’s all fire and brimstone, and then Jesus gives us a parable that presents a new perspective that we can sink our teeth into. Well, today we’ve got the reverse happening.

This particular gospel ... Read More »

Respect Life

Posted by Deacon Marc Leaderstorf on 10/05/20

This weekend we mark Respect Life weekend, and all month, Respect Life month.  We call to attention in a special way to the dignity and gift of life.  We defend life from conception to natural death; we defend the weakest and the most vulnerable among us - the unborn, ... Read More »

Am I Worthy?

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 9/22/20

This past weekend (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time) we heard Matthew's parable of the laborers in the vineyard. It’s great that we hear these readings at this time of the year because it’s harvest time in our own lives. We get share from a local farm, so between that ... Read More »

Forgiveness

Posted by Deacon Marc Leaderstorf on 9/18/20

The readings of the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time are about forgiveness.  Forgiveness is at the heart of Jesus' message throughout the Gospels.  Forgiveness is essential to our relationship with God and to each other.  Our relationships are not sustainable without forgiveness - as married couples, brothers and sisters, ... Read More »

"I" is a four-letter word

Posted by Deacon Peter Donnelly on 7/07/20

Homily - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 5, 2020)

I begin with a question. What is the most used pronoun in the English language? Yeah, by far, the pronoun we use most is the word “I”. I suppose that this makes sense. When we are babies, we’re dropped ... Read More »

Trinity Today

Posted by Deacon Marc Leaderstorf on 6/06/20

I've struggled with writing today about what should be a joyous celebration of the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity and what that has to do with the current world situations.  I can't help but be troubled and yet thankful at the same time as I consider the love ... Read More »

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