Connect! Sunday Reflections

Are You Rich?

For Sunday, July 31, 2016, 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Are you rich? Most of us, if asked, would think immediately of material possessions when considering whether or not we are […]

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Taking Responsibility for Each Other

For Sunday, July 24, 2016, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time The turmoil of the past few weeks—another terrorist attack in France , police shootings, and the violent protests that followed—call to mind […]

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A Hospitality of Presence

For Sunday, July 17, 2016, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your […]

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Parable of the Good Samaritan painting by Jan Wijnants, 1670.

Just How Good Was the Good Samaritan?

For Sunday, July 10, 2016, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time Go ahead and perform a Google search for news stories about Good Samaritans. You will find a wide range of stories […]

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Workers harvesting grapes from rows of vines in a vineyard.

Laborers for the Harvest

For Sunday, July 3, 2016, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time In workshops, retreats, and classes I’ve offered over the years to parish and diocesan groups around the country, I’m consistently […]

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Volunteer Jim constructing a welcome sign at Biblical Tamar Park.

Answering the Call

For Sunday, June 26, 2016, 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time “When was the last time you volunteered your time to try to help your community?” That was the question this past […]

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A Lesson We Were Not Prepared For

For Sunday, June 19, 2016, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time It was my first day as a college student. Arriving at an Introduction to Education course, we found a chair placed […]

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Tears of Sorrow, Tears of Joy

For Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time In October 2009, Abby Johnson worked as the manager of a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. Witnessing an abortion on […]

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Black pebble with engraved message "love, faith, hope."

A Foundation of Faith, Hope, and Love

For Sunday, June 5, 2016, 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time Our readings this weekend put faith on center stage. As one of the theological virtues, faith is a gift given to […]

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Where the World Ends and Heaven Begins

For Sunday, May 29, 2016, Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Panis Angelicus fit panis hominum. (May the bread of Angels become bread for mankind.) This world is not […]

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Claiming the Holy Trinity

For Sunday, May 22, 2016, Most Holy Trinity The day after Pentecost Sunday, we re-entered the “green days” of ordinary time. These are the days, weeks, and months when we […]

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Wind and Fire

For Sunday, May 15, 2016, Pentecost Sunday The house shook! Doors slammed! Curtains billowed! The winds screamed as they raced through the house! Was there a trace of smoke riding […]

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