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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...

Dear OLPH Family and Friends,   Today we have an unusual break with the progression of Ordinary Time.  However, the Saint whose birth we celebrate is truly one of the most unusual creations of God. Jesus in fact said that there was no greater man born of...

10th Sunday Dear OLPH Family and Friends, Today’s Gospel has a two-part scene from the life of Christ.   Beginning with something unique to Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ family comes to the conclusion that he has gone crazy.   Their evidence?   He’s gained fame as an exorcist and a healer...

Corpus Christi Sunday   Dear friends in Christ,   The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting St. Thomas Aquinas, states that the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments – all other sacraments are ordered to it as its end… The Eucharist is the Source and Summit of the Church’s...

Trinity Sunday   Dear OLPH Family and Friends, The following story of “Lucy” describes the readings today.  It is not dogma but very practical statement of fact.   Lucy, an energetic 10-year-old, told her dad.  “It’s not hard to believe that God can be three persons.   Look at you,...

Pentecost Sunday                                                                            Dear friends in Christ,   In Advent we cry out: “Come, Emmanuel!” It is our cry to Christ the Lord, who is Emmanuel, God-with-us. Now, at Pentecost, our cry turns to the Third Divine Person: “Come, Holy Spirit!” We make...

Ascension Dear OLPH Family and Friends, The Feast of the Ascension is treated as a totally separate event.   However, it should be treated as an integral part of Easter itself. I remember as a child that at the end of the Gospel, the Easter Candle would be...

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5th Sunday of Easter Dear OLPH Family and friends, In last week’s Gospel reading, Jesus emphasized the unity he and his disciples share, using the image of the good shepherd. This week he speaks of the same unity with the symbol of a vine and its branches. The...