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24th Sunday Dear OLPH Family and Friends, We have reached the mid- point of Mark’s Gospel and there is a radical change in the Evangelist’s approach. Jesus has been teaching in Galilee. He moves from displays of proving his divinity with descriptions of healings and speaking with...

23rd Sunday of the Year - B   Dear friends in Christ,   Illness brings sufferings. The man in today’s Gospel suffered deeply because he was deaf and had a speech impediment. He was literally locked up and imprisoned behind the wall of silence. He was isolated and cut...

22nd Sunday Dear OLPH Family and Friends, This weekend we celebrate Labor Day which for many of us in “the old days” marked the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the new school year.   Now, sadly, it seems that every school has a different commencement...

  21st Sunday of the Year - B   Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s gospel reading is the final extract from John’s chapter 6 about Jesus, the Bread of Life: “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.” John reported that many of Jesus’ disciples found these...

20th Sunday Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Today we continue the beautiful reality of our faith that Jesus intends for us to become one with Him just as we become one with the food we eat.  The first reading takes a more poetic approach to a similar...

19th Sunday of the Year   Dear friends in Christ, In John’s Gospel, the miraculous deeds of Jesus were not called miracles but signs, and this for a reason. The problem was that quite often people saw the signs but didn’t understand what they were truly meant. Two Sundays...

17th Sunday of the Year - B   Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s readings are about God feeding the hungry crowd. During the famine, a man brought to Elisha twenty barley loaves. Elisha said to his servant, “Give it to the  people to eat.” The servant objected, “How...

16th Sunday   Dear OLPH Family and Friends, You might remember last week’s Gospel in which Jesus sent the disciples, two by two, to experience their first missionary endeavor.  Jesus sent them with nothing but their own experience of hearing and observing Him.  He gifted them with power...

15th Sunday of the Year - B     Dear friends in Christ,   Today’s first reading tells us about the state of Israel after the death of Solomon. By human rivalry the kingdom was divided north and south. Jeroboam, the appointed king of the north built a temple in Bethel...

13th Sunday of the Year - B   Dear friends in Christ,   The common theme of today’s readings is God made us for better things. “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” Today’s First Reading from the Book of Wisdom tells us, “God formed man to be imperishable; the...