The Secret to Happiness (#625, Easter 6)

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Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C) · What’s the secret to happiness? Simply to do the will of God. The will of God is not mysterious: we find it through Creation, Conscience, and the Catholic Church. The will of God is not oppressive: it comes from the Heart of the Father. The will of God is not distant: it comes to meet us every day. Through doing God’s will we find peace, joy, and happily ever after.Read More

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Come to Mass and Hear Your Story (#624, Easter 5)

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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C) featuring Deacon Michael: Mass is our story. Christ is the bridegroom; we are the bride. Our whole identity is formed by receiving the love that God pours out to us today and every day of our lives. “Love one another as I have loved you.” When was the last time your deeds inspired someone else to fall deeper in love with the Father?Read More

Jesus Waits for You at the Altar (#623, First Communion)

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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C) · You wear a white garment at Baptism, First Communion, your Wedding, and your Funeral. It symbolizes the purity that God gives us. Heaven is like stepping into the back of church on your wedding. Jesus stands there waiting for you at the altar. We must keep our garment pure and adorn ourselves with the jewels of Heaven. Every Sunday Jesus waits for you at the altar. Keep coming to meet him here at Mass and you will be prepared to walk down the aisle of Heaven.Read More

Confident Sheep Listen and Follow (#622, Easter 4)

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Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C) · Confidence in Christ means we trust that: (1) He knows us (2) He knows True Life (3) He knows how to get us there. No matter how bad our life looks, the Shepherd can lead us to a better place.  The Shepherd calls his sheep to their unique vocations: priesthood, religious life, marriage. He continues to call His sheep each day. Listen and follow.

(17 Apr 2016)

Point to Ponder: Has Christ ever led you astray?

Point to Discuss: Talk to a friend about their vocation story: When did you  know that your spouse was “the one”? (or the priesthood, or their religious community)

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O Lord, I am Not Worthy (#621, Easter 3)

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Third Sunday of Easter (Year C) · The whole universe is praising God in the great High Mass of Heaven. Every one of us has a unique place in the Heavenly choir. We sing at Mass because God wants to hear his children’s voices. God and he is worthy of all glory and honor and praise. Your job is to praise and worship him. There is no gift, no sacrifice, no service that could be too much for God.

The lamb is worthy, but Peter realizes that he is not worthy. He has denied Christ. Peter must accept Christ’s merciful love. Christ’s love changed him. He became worthy to die for Christ. The Church wants us to remember Peter’s lesson at every Sunday Mass: Lord, I am not worth that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed. Give God permission to love you, and let His love transform you.Read More

The Mercy That Brings Us Peace (#620, Divine Mercy)

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Divine Mercy Sunday (2nd Sunday of Easter) · Finally we get to see the risen Jesus. He offers us the gift of peace, a peace that comes from reconciliation with the Father. Jesus gives Thomas a second chance. If you are struggling with belief, that’s OK. Just don’t give up asking and looking. Thomas goes as far as India helping those who have not seen to believe. He received mercy; he shares mercy. Pope John Paul II brought mercy to the world. He offered mercy to his assassin. Let the risen Jesus meet you and offer you mercy and peace.Read More

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A Safe Landing in the Heart of Jesus (#619, Divine Mercy)

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Second Sunday of Easter (or Divine Mercy Sunday)  featuring Deacon Michael: Thomas struggles with turbulence but finds a safe landing in the side of Christ. This wound goes all the way to Jesus’ heart. Jesus says, “Whatever your turbulence is, I can handle it. Come to my heart.” Bring your wounds and fears and place them in his heart. Come in for a safe landing.Read More

Celebrate Easter All Year Long

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One of the reasons I love being Catholic is that our church knows how to party. Most people think Easter is over now. For Catholics we’re just getting started. We start with the “Octave” meaning that Easter itself is 8 days long. Every day until the Sunday afterwards is considered a feast day. That includes no fasting from meat on Friday. I tell the school kids they have to eat Easter candy every day of the Octave. The more they invested in the fasting of Lent, the more they enjoy the feasting of Easter. And then we get the Easter Season all the way until Pentecost. You fast for 40 days; you feast for 50. Not a bad trade-off.

The Church is trying to teach us about the Paschal Mystery. It takes its name from the Jewish Passover (“the Pasch”). Jesus sacrificed himself at the Last Supper and on the Cross, then rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. Death, when it is offered as a sacrifice, leads to Resurrection. The death-and-resurrection-of-Jesus is known as the Paschal Mystery. It is the central mystery of our Catholic faith.Read More

A Rabbit and the Resurrection (#618, Easter Sunday)

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Easter Sunday. God sent us a Savior to rescue us from sin and death. Instead of welcoming Him we killed Him. But then God raised him from the dead. Never underestimate the power of God!

The Resurrection changed everything, but only for those who chose to follow Jesus. They could let go of their past and their future, and live the present moment with and for Jesus. Begin to live the Resurrection by celebrating Easter every Sunday, and Good Friday every Friday. Die to yourself every night, and rise to the new you every morning.

Want to know why rabbits leave colored eggs full of candy? The egg with candy is like a tomb full of joy. Don’t stop looking for Jesus because he isn’t dead: He is Risen! And we can find him everywhere.Read More

Easter 2016 “The Kingdom Has Come”

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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” Jesus (Luke 4:18)
For generations Israel waited and hoped for a new King. He would be a son of David anointed by God (‘the Christ’) to establish a new Kingdom on earth (Isaiah 11:1-10). For three years Jesus had been preaching and teaching. Angels had sung at his birth and wise men traveled far to honor him. He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Was he the promised Messiah? Their hope died on Calvary. He was buried in haste and the tomb was locked and guarded. But it was not over. Women came to embalm him on Easter Sunday morning and found an empty tomb. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!Read More