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Do We See What God Offers as a Treasure?

By Fr. Jeff | 07/30/2023

In today’s gospel Jesus continues to teach in parables. The first two parables speak of something so valuable that one would be willing to sell everything that one has to obtain the treasure that is offered. Jesus says the Kingdom…

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What Does It Mean to be a Eucharistic People?

By Fr. Jeff | 07/25/2023

Almost three and a half years ago, our churches were shutdown by the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic. In his new book, Becoming Eucharistic People: The Hope and Promise of Parish Life (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press. 2022), part…

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 07/23/2023

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AWisdom 12:13, 16-19Psalm 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16 (5a)Romans 8:26-27Matthew 13:24-43July 23, 2023 “Where have the weeds come from?” The man had sowed only good seed.  Why were weeds growing in the field? His enemy had…

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Looking Ahead to a New Series in the Fall

By Fr. Jeff | 07/18/2023

I am presently planning to do a fall series of presentations of discipleship. The question at hand is what does it mean to be a Christian disciple. With that in mind, I thought I would share some initial thoughts with…

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – Homily

By Fr. Jeff | 07/16/2023

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year AIsaiah 55:10-11Psalm 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14 (Luke 8:8)Romans 8:18-23Matthew 13:1-23 July 16, 2023 The crowds that came to Jesus were large.  They all had heard something about Jesus that drew them there.  Perhaps they…

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Limbo and the Baptism of Children

By Fr. Jeff | 07/11/2023

Recently I wrote an article, “When to Call the Priest,” to help people understand the change of understanding from Extreme Unction/Last Rites to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Today I would like to offer some thoughts on…

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

By Fr. Jeff | 07/09/2023

In the time of our first reading today the Israelites were under foreign rule. Israel had been a great nation but had been defeated by their enemies. They were saddened in this situation. Through the prophet Zechariah the Lord tells…

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Two Good Decisions

By Fr. Jeff | 07/04/2023

Last week the United States Supreme Court issued decisions on two cases involving religious freedom. The first case was 303 Creative vs. Elenis (see Kevin J. Jones, “Supreme Court sides with web designer opposed to same-sex marriage” Catholic News Agency.…

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

By Fr. Jeff | 07/02/2023

Elisha spent much time travelling to deliver God’s message as his prophet. Today, we hear of the woman who urged him to dine at her house. She knew that Elisha was “a holy man of God.” She was already “a…

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