4 Feb 2024

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Job 7:1-4, 6-7  Job wonders if life is worth living for the one who suffers.

Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6  The Lord is the hope of the brokenhearted who heals every wound.

1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23  Paul preaches the gospel at great cost and also under great constraint to fulfill his charge.

Mark 1:29-39  Jesus cures a fever on his day off and then keeps on healing, traveling, and teaching.

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Homilist’s overview of February

Liturgical themes and feasts

February is observed in many ways: as Black History Month, Catholic Press Month, even National Bird Feeding Month. A heightened appreciation of black contributions to our national story is an important corrective, including noteworthy Catholics like Pierre Toussaint, Daniel Rudd, Father Augustus Tolton, Julia Greeley, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, Mother Henriette DeLille, and Sister Thea Bowman.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

In Job we see our world-weariness; in Paul our faithfulness; in Peter's mother our gratitude.

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Featured Exploring the word

Free of charge

We see a lot of things advertised with that four-letter word these days: “Free!” And we’ve grown wisely skeptical of such claims. We’ve all learned by now, sometimes bitterly, that there’s no free lunch, no free subscriptions, and no free merchandise.

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Homily stories

The journey I'm on

It was a scenario that is all too common. Routine tests to prepare me for simple cataract surgery found me sitting in a doctor’s office being told that cancer that I had been treated for had returned in the form of a tumor on my bladder.

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Homily stories

Everything changes

As a young girl, she always tried to avoid getting drafted to work in her mother’s garden. She disliked the planting, the pruning, the watering. She disliked the weeding the most. And so she would rush off to play with her friends.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

We pray, brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father, the source of all hope. 

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Small is how blessings, healing, progress and increase occur.

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Browse the library

Browse our library for additional Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B material.

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Take Five weekly

04 Feb 2024

Click here to view the Take Five weekly for February 04, 2024. 

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