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Expect The Unexpected

Expect The Unexpected

First Reading: Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30   Brothers and sisters, in this Sunday’s readings, we are called to always be ready for the coming of the Lord, to help as much as we can, and to spread the word of God wherever we go.   In the first reading, a wife bestows many blessings to

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!: Be Uncomfortable with Comfortable

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!: Be Uncomfortable with Comfortable

First Reading: Wisdom 6:12-16 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 63:2,3-4,5-6,7-8 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13   So, in this Sunday’s Gospel, we hear about the idea that we should constantly be aware of God’s presence and actively be ready for Jesus’ Second Coming. We’ve probably heard this concept over and over again. We know that we will never know when Jesus will return again, so we must always be

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!: Is it easier said than done?

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!: Is it easier said than done?

First Reading: Malachi 1:14, 8-10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 131:1-3 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13 Gospel: Matthew 23:1-12   They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. Jesus must be saying that it is easier said than done in this past Sunday’s Gospel. But He’s speaking about us. Whether we are leaders or regular members

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: Love God, Love Neighbor

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: Love God, Love Neighbor

First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10 Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 Growing up, I’ve heard this particular gospel story about the Greatest Commandment about a million times, but it has a different meaning to me each time I reflect on it.  It’s message is simple, yet powerful: Love God, Love Neighbor. What does this mean for me now? It means loving my God BY loving my neighbor.

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: Glory and Honor, God and Country

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: Glory and Honor, God and Country

First Reading: Isaiah 45:1,4-6 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 96:1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 This Sunday’s readings seemed un-relatable at first. I’m young and dependent on my parents for financial support, and I definitely don’t pay April taxes. So how should Jesus tell me to pay taxes? I’m broke. “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Perhaps, it’s not impossible to have

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: The Banquet is Almost Ready

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: The Banquet is Almost Ready

First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 23: 1-3,3-4,5,6 Second Reading: Philippians 4:12-14,19-20 Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 Imagine a party that you have been planning for months. You’ve prepared everything from a DJ, expensive party favors, you bought a nice dress or tuxedo, and heck, you might’ve even rented a petting zoo for the little kids attending! The days draw close and you’re excited to see everyone. You ask your friends as the

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: What More Could I Have Done?

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: What More Could I Have Done?

First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7 Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-16, 19-20 Second Reading: Philippians 4:6-9 Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43 Sometimes the readings on Sunday are easy to take in, easy to understand, straightforward enough. But other times, they’re harder to process. This week was one of them. For me, there was something very unsettling about the gospel. It was graphic, Jesus’ description of the servants who were killed by the tenants,

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: Right Answers, Right Actions

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: Right Answers, Right Actions

First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 25:4-9 Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32 We have all heard of the saying “Actions speak louder than words.”  The readings and the Gospel today made me think of this quote. The Gospel also made me truly examine how much I am giving to the Lord. These verses from the two readings set the stage for the Gospel: “But if he turns from

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: “My Friend, I am NOT Cheating You”

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: “My Friend, I am NOT Cheating You”

First Reading: Isaiah 55:6-9 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 145:2-3,8-9,17-18 Second Reading: Philippians 1:20-24,27 Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 Today’s Gospel reading was a difficult one to take in, internalize, or even swallow. Jesus, as often, used a parable to get a point across, and many times or sometimes, they are simple enough to understand, perhaps slightly easy to take in, but today’s parable had many questions in it. Some questions, were relatable, while

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SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: I’ve Got Your Back

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!: I’ve Got Your Back

First Reading: Ezekiel 33: 7-9 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95:1-2,6-7,8-9 Second Reading: Romans 13:8-10 Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 There’s a reason why we’re put into households. There’s a reason we’re put into discussion groups. There’s a reason why leaders have counterparts. One word: accountability. There are times where we need someone to have our back. Of course, we depend on our Lord to help us, but God didn’t put our brothers and sister on earth with

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