The Pastor's Desk

June 2014

Jun 29

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Today is something of a rarity: the celebration of a saint's day that replaces the Sunday liturgy. Only a handful of these days, given the official rank of "solemnity," are considered so foundational and primal to the mission of the Church that they can interrupt the Sunday sequence. And so it is with Peter and Paul today. In a way,...
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Jun 20

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Take a look around the walls of your church. Even if it’s only a year or two old, the word “Amen” has resounded off those walls countless times at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer and as the faithful have come forward to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. Today’s feast is about those “Amens” offered...
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Jun 15

June 15, 2014

The name of the Trinity is, without a doubt, the most familiar sacred name to us. We speak it every time we make the sign of the cross, and it forms the heart of our Creed. Trinity Sunday is a good day, however, to stop and reflect on the unique role of each of the three persons we name so often in the Trinity and in our own lives. When we...
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Jun 8

June 8, 2014

 Try to listen to today’s scripture passages with some sense of how electrifying these events must have been to those who lived through them. Up until now, they have been waiting in the upper room. In today’s first reading, that room is filled with wind and fire and bold proclamations in foreign tongues....
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Jun 3

June 1, 2014

Matthew is the only one of the evangelists who does not speak explicitly of or recount the departure of Jesus from his followers. Mark and Luke recount the Ascension, each in his own way; and John consistently has Jesus speak of the necessity of his departure so the Paraclete might come. Matthew situates his final scene for Jesus on top of a...
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Jun 3

May 25, 2014

"Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope." What is the reason for your hope? Our hope is Jesus Christ, who by His death and resurrection ransomed us and has won for us salvation and eternal life. Today, over 2000 years later, we are able to share our Hope, the Good News of Jesus Christ,...
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