28 Jan 2024

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Deuteronomy 18:15-20  Moses predicts a future prophet over Israel, later known as the Teacher of Righteousness.

Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9  Attentiveness to God's voice requires the softening of our hearts.

1 Corinthians 7:32-35  Paul gives advice about how celibacy frees the heart for whole-souled dedication to service.

Mark 1:21-28  Jesus reveals himself as a teacher with a rare new authority to which even demons respond.

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Homilist’s overview of January

Liturgical themes and feasts

Happy new year of grace to you and to all whom your ministry serves! We complete the Octave of Christmas as we open a fresh page of a new calendar. This month contains two solemnities: Mary Mother of God, which is also the World Day of Peace (1); as well as Epiphany, which is Orthodox Christmas as well as the traditional day for the Blessing of Homes (7).

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Featured Exploring the word

Teaching with authority

One of my favorite teachings from the epistles is almost a throwaway line from Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, do not nag your children, lest they lose heart.”

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Homily stories

Confronting cruel, merciless powers

When my previously confident, vivacious 16-year-old daughter developed an eating disorder, our entire family was plunged into a frightening underworld. Darkness descended in the form of psychotic episodes, suicidal ideation, hospitalizations, and her paranoid conviction that we were conspiring to hurt her instead of help her.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to hear God's voice and celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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Do not go in pursuit of [God] outside yourself. You will only become distracted and you won’t find him, or enjoy him more than by seeking him within you.

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Browse the library

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Take Five weekly

28 Jan 2024

View the Take Five weekly for January 28, 2024. 

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