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Bearing Fruit in the True Vine (John 15:1-8)

By Saul Ciresi One of many areas in which I possess near-total incompetence is gardening. I am not a gardener. But I can mow the lawn, pick berries, and maybe even keep a cactus alive for a bit. After I bought my first house in Windsor, it was time to

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A Very Pleasant Surprise – Luke 24:36-49

by Rev. Bruce Goettsche Many years ago now there was a program on television called, “Gomer Pyle USMC”. Gomer was a good old country boy who was in the Marines. The story line of the show revolved around the way Gomer drove his Sergeant, Vince Carter crazy. Gomer was a good man but . . . he was

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“The True Temple” (John 2:13-25)

by Jacob Gerber If we imagined that Jesus would gently ramp into his public ministry with something non-confrontational to please the crowds and (hopefully) to start to win the favor of the authorities, we will be disappointed by the course of action Jesus takes. With the zeal of a Son

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A Final ‘Eureka!’ – Mark 9:2-9

by  Jo Anne Taylor It was no big deal for the guys to go on a hike. Mountain climbing was something they did together quite often. Sometimes their Teacher would take the whole class, sometimes just a few would go. They wouldn’t be gone long – an afternoon, maybe they’d

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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus Compassionately Curses the Leper ( Mark 1:40-45) The healing is effortless. The healing is perfect. It is instantly effective. And his desire to touch this defiled outcast shows, again, his yearning for a close relationship with sinners. At the end of this sermon, I’m going to seek to show

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Biblical Commentary on Mark 1:29-39

by Richard Niell Donovan EXEGESIS: MARK 1:29-39. THE CONTEXT It is only the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, but already Jesus is performing miracles—and dealing with crowds who are clamoring for more miracles—and dealing with disciples who do not understand his ministry. Already he is withdrawing to a

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A LESSON ABOUT AUTHORITY (MARK 1:21-28)

The teachers of the law didn’t speak with their own authority. They necessarily prefaced their comments with something like “There is a saying that…” or “Rabbi Such-and-Such said…” Even the prophets rightly attributed their pronouncements to “Thus says the Lord…” But Jesus said simply, “I say to you…” Here was

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The Calling of Simon and Andrew

By John Petty Mark 1:14-20: “Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God,  15 and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’ 16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon

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Wanting the Right Thing (John 1:35-42)

by Fr. John Bartunek, LC “If, then, you seek to know what path to follow, take Christ because he is the way.” – St. Thomas Aquinas John 1:35-42: On the following day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus passed, and John stared hard at him and said, ‘Look, there

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A Thrill of Hope (Luke 1:26-38)

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said,

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The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Blood transports oxygen, it returns carbon dioxide as well as cleansing and nurturing the body with food and hormones. Some faint at the sight of it. We think of all the blood spilled in the world today and pray for peace. Christ’s blood was necessary. But our brothers and sisters

The Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time 

Every time I assisted pilgrimages to the Holy Land, we stopped in Magdala. It is the site of a memorial church built recently to Women of the Gospels. You walk into the church and a dome is held up by seven pillars with women’s names on them. These are heroines

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