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Sunday Ordinary Time 14 A

The gospel tells us many things about Jesus.  One thing is that Jesus is gentle. Let me begin with a story. The story is about the wind and the sun.  They argued about who was more powerful; they agreed to have a contest. They saw a man walking down a road alone on a cold day. The sun and the wind agreed,” Whoever makes this man take off his coat first, he’s the stronger; he’s the winner.”  The wind went…

Sunday Ordinary Time 13 A

In the Gospel today, Jesus says, “Carry your cross, then you can follow me. Give up your life, then you will find true life. To keep your life means you will lose your life.” The cross means suffering.  [To see the words of the gospel, click here.] But the cross of Jesus means much more than that. What more? The cross of Jesus means life; the cross of Jesus means love; the cross of Jesus means joy. The cross means…

Sunday Ordinary Time 12 A

The first reading is about Jeremiah.  He was a prophet. He spoke for God.  We think, God called him; he was working for God.  Lucky, he was a special friend of God.  People honored and respected him, an easy life.  NO, it did not happen!  Jeremiah suffered a lot.  In the beginning he did not want to be a prophet; he thought, “I am too shy; I cannot speak right; I am a person always afraid.”  God said, ”No, I…

Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

Today we honor the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  We begin with ideas about hunger. There are many different kinds of hunger.  Look at today’s gospel. (For the words of the gospel, click here.)  It is in chapter 6 of John’s Gospel, a very special chapter. Jesus is with a big crowd of people in an empty place.  He knows them and feels compassion for them; the heart of Jesus knows the people and their needs; he knows they…

Trinity Sunday

Today we call Trinity Sunday, and we think about God. You or I understand God fully, we can? No, we can’t. Why?  God is very big and our minds are very limited.  But Jesus gave us some ideas.  His last words to us are:  “Go around the world; baptize everyone, how ? In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Jesus was a good Jew with a strong Jewish faith. He believed there…

Pentecost Sunday

The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles happened on Pentecost Sunday.  It talks about the Holy Spirit coming and touching the followers of Jesus. (For the words of the reading, click here.)  Because the Holy Spirit came on them, they are totally changed.  Remember: before this, they were all together, afraid, hiding, praying that the Lord protect them.  Then they felt the Holy Spirit like a great wind, like a strong fire, all around them.  They all became…

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Jesus rose to new life on Easter Sunday; forty days later Jesus went back to heaven; it is called the Ascension.  This is a story about it: Jesus arrived in heaven. He still had the marks of his suffering on his hands and feet and all over his body.  The chief angel came to Jesus and said, “Lord, do the people on earth know how much you suffered for them, how much you love them?”  Jesus said, “Some of them…

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Today we celebrate the strong wish of God the Father and His Son Jesus; they want to be very close to us. (To see the words of today’s Gospel, click here.)  We know they want to be with us because they give us so much. Sometimes I think God the Father and His Son Jesus are a little crazy.  Why?  The Father and Jesus have a passionate desire, a very strong wish, to be close to us.  They even want…

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Interesting story in the gospel today.  Remember: Jesus is at the Last Supper.  He knows soon he will die, suffering an awful death.  Jesus comes together with his closest friends in a special last meal, the Passover.  It is a meal celebrating the freedom of God’s people.  (For the words of today’s gospel, click here.) During the meal Jesus tell his friends he is leaving them.  They are upset, feel sad.  Jesus says, “Do not worry, why? I go to…

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today we look at Jesus the Good Shepherd who cares for all, cares for us..  (To see the words of the Gospel today, click here.)  You and I have much experience with sheep or shepherds? No. But the idea of shepherd and sheep is in the Bible very often. Here are some ideas about sheep and shepherd; then we will see how we have the same relationship with Jesus.  Sheep depend on the shepherd a lot.  The shepherd is close…