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Sunday Reflection for February 01, 2015
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Sunday Summary

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Moses foretells that a future prophet will come to instruct the people.
Psalm 25:1-2, 6-7, 7-9 It is urgent that we listen today for the voice of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Paul gives advice about choosing a way free of anxiety and distraction.
Mark 1:21-28 The authority of Jesus goes beyond teaching to action.

4th Sunday
in Ordinary Time

Exploring the Word
Don’t wait, don’t hesitate
Why do we have four gospels instead of one? Not to confirm the record, as is often said, but to exploit the advantage of four unique perspectives on the Jesus story. Mark’s take on Jesus is the first written down and closest to the period it describes: about 30 years after the fact. If we can believe the tradition that John Mark wrote it after hearing the story from Peter himself, then it’s a vital window on that founding community’s experience of Jesus. ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for January 28, 2015
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Preaching the News
» Addressing the union – In this Sunday’s gospel, a determined Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.” A decidedly upbeat President Obama delivered . . . More...
» Virtual reality virtually here – In this Sunday’s reading from the Letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul proclaims that “the world in its present form is passing away.” Microsoft Corporation Wednesday proclaimed the dawn . . . More...
» U.S. and Cuba chart a new course – In this Sunday’s first reading, Jonah tells the people of Nineveh the time is at hand to change their ways—and lo and behold, they listen to him. After U.S. and Cuban leaders recently decided it was time to change their way of relating  . . . More...
» Republicans stumble in abortion debate – “Teach me your paths,” the psalmist says this Sunday, seeking to take a new direction in life. House Republicans abruptly changed directions Wednesday . . . More...
Quote of the Week
“Eternity is beyond chronology, literally beyond the clock. ‘Is, Was, and Ever Shall Be’ is the way we liturgically describe it.”
Fact of the Week

A fragment of papyrus from the Gospel of Mark written before 90 A.D. was discovered inside an Egyptian mummy mask, the oldest fragment of the New Testament ever found. 


Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...