St. Mark

Blessed Are You

"Ezekiel" (detail) by Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Our duty is to share the Lord. It is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit to convert souls. We mustn’t show frustration or anger when people do not respond as we expect them to. We must simply remain faithful and love them.” Jesus said, “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against […]

Do Not Be Afraid to Touch Jesus

Ezekiel"The Raising of Jairus' Daughter" (detail) by Repin

The Gospel for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) comes from Mark 5:21-43 and consists of the accounts of two miracles Jesus performed. Jairus, a synagogue official desperate to save the life of his daughter, seeks out Jesus. On His way with Jairus to restore his daughter, Jesus encounters the woman with a hemorrhage. Mark frequently interrupts one story to […]

Advent Reminds Us to Wake Up

Photography © by Andy Coan

During a time when parties and endless carols dull our spiritual senses, the message of Advent urges to wake up and be alert and vigilant.  Our society is asleep spiritually.  Here are some ideas to rouse ourselves, our famlies and our neighbors to a preparation for the Christmas holidays that is more life-giving and meaningful. Have you ever had one […]

Encountering the Word — Mark 1:16-18

“And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Mark 1:16-18) Both one-time and monthly donations are welcome. Just $10 […]

The Reason for the Season

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The Advent season is more about preparing for the second coming of Christ than for Christmas.  To prepare for his final coming is more about action than end-times speculation. Reflection on the Mass readings for the First Sunday of Advent (Year C) — Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalms 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; First Thessalonians 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Advent is simply the Latin […]

A Lasting Dominion

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The feast of Jesus Christ the Universal King was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925 and is observed on the last Sunday of the Roman Catholic Liturgical Year. It causes us to ponder what sort of authority, kingdom and dominion are truly lasting, and what judgment will be truly final. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of […]

Five Keys to “Set the Lord Ever Before Me”

The readings for this, the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, are filled with what many might describe as horrifying images of the end of times. We must understand these images before we arrive at the end of the liturgical year next Sunday with the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Prophet Daniel speaks of a future time of unsurpassed distress […]

The Final Battle

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The Apocalypse — What does the Bible really teach about the End of the World, Armageddon, the second coming of Jesus Christ and the final battle against the Antichrist? The gospels and the book of Revelation raise many apocalyptic questions for Christians. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Daniel 12:1-3; Psalms 16:5, […]

The Two Widows

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The gospel story of the Widow’s Mite and the Old Testament visit of the prophet Elijah to the Widow of Zarephath are well known bible tales. Two simple but heroic women — who call us to heroic virtue in a hidden way, in the midst of everyday life. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time […]

Keeping the Great Commandment

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Hear O Israel!  Most have heard of the Great Commandment – to love God with your whole heart and your neighbor as yourself.  But if God is just and salvation depends upon perfect obedience to this command, who can be saved? Reflection on the Mass readings for the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) — Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Psalms 18:2-3, […]