Blog & Pastor Letters

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 14, 2024

07-14-2024Weekly ReflectionDeacon Steven D. Greydanus

“A plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.” This amazing sentence in the second reading, from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, is the climax to a magnificent passage that comes up in the Sunday Mass readings just once every three years — today being that day — though this passage is prayed by priests, deacons, and religious typically every week in the Divine Office, during Monday Evening Prayer! So it’s a key passage in the heart and mind of the Church, even though we hear it so seldom at Sunday Mass.

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 7, 2024

07-07-2024Weekly ReflectionDeacon Steven D. Greydanus

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in the section on the First Commandment, lists atheism as “a sin against the virtue of religion” — not just a false belief or an error, but a sin. Now, the Catechism is quick to acknowledge that culpability in particular atheists “can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances.” In praying for “those who do not acknowledge God” in the Solemn Intercessions on Good Friday, the Church asks that, in “following what is right in sincerity of heart, they may find the way to God himself.” So disbelieving in God’s existence doesn’t automatically mean that someone isn’t sincere in seeking to follow what is right and true.

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 30, 2024

06-30-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Madison Hayes

Today, as we reflect on the intertwining paths of philosophy and faith, we are reminded that wisdom, the pursuit of profound understanding, takes different forms. The Ancient Greeks embarked on an autonomous quest for wisdom, seeking answers to fundamental questions about freedom, the soul, and the nature of a person. On the other hand, the Hebrew perspective illuminates that true wisdom is a gift from God, revealed and received, not merely grasped at through human endeavors.

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 23, 2024

06-23-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Madison Hayes

Today, our reflections turn to the profound wisdom contained in the book of Job, a literary masterpiece that stands unique within the sacred canon of Scripture. Job’s narrative takes a dramatic approach to the fundamental questions of our existence, unraveling the mysteries of the relationship between God and humanity, good and evil, reward and punishment.

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

06-16-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Madison Hayes

On this Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, we reflect on the profound messages of hope and resilience that scripture offers us, drawing particularly from the insights of the prophet Ezekiel and the teachings of St. Paul.

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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

06-09-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Madison Hayes

In today’s readings, we are reminded of the profound consequences of the first disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, lured by the serpent’s cunning, freely chose to eat from the tree that God had forbidden. Their excuses and evasion of responsibility reveal the human tendency to shirk accountability, yet both ultimately admit, “So I ate it.”

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The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

06-02-2024Weekly ReflectionFr. Madison Hayes

As we gather today to celebrate the solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, the readings offer a profound backdrop to the significance of this liturgical feast. The primitive scene from the Book of Exodus paints a vivid picture of a rough-hewn altar, twelve stone pillars, and young men from the tribes of Israel sacrificing young bulls. The sacrificial scene becomes a tangible prefiguration of the Eucharist.

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