Clergy Corner

August 2020

Aug 21

But who do you say that I am?

When Jesus quizzes the apostles about His developing reputation, they are well aware of what people were saying. The apostles had families and friends; they heard the conjectures about the itinerant preacher. The Jews, from their own history, had lots of ideas of who Jesus might be—Elijah, Jeremiah, or “one of the prophets.”...
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Aug 14

God Hears Our Prayers

We continue hearing from the Gospel of St. Matthew these stories of a seemingly uncouth Jesus dealing with a Canaanite woman begging for help. This gospel, as well as many others in Matthew, leave the impression that our Lord was rather crass with those who were not faithful followers of the Law. We must understand that the Gospel of Matthew was...
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Aug 7

Reaching the Distant Shores

The disciples were at the mystery of a storm. "The boat, already several hundred yards out from shore, was being tossed about in the waves raised by strong headwinds." At the sight of what they thought was a ghost, all of them cried out with fear. But Christ assured them: "Get hold of yourselves! It is I. Do not be afraid!"...
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Aug 1

Nothing can Separate Us from His Love

The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish provides a chance for a midsummer reflection on the Eucharist, on the Mass, the central action of Catholic life because this miracle of Jesus is really a preview of the Mass. When we come to Mass, whether in the church or via livestream during these challenging times, we come to the two...
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