30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-21-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

"Son of David, have pity on me!" Has the cry of Bartimaeus ever escaped your lips? Today's Gospel tells the story of a blind man with a difficult lot in life. He made a living by begging coins off passing travelers. When word reaches him that Jesus will be passing by, this is when he begins is shouts for mercy. Jesus hears Bartimaeus' cry and beckons him forward.

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-14-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

"What do you wish me to do for you?" Jesus asks a similar question in different Gospel passages, but the request of James and John is not repeated on any other occasion. "Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." They ask not for knowledge of God, not for crooked limbs to be straightened nor for the blind to see. They ask for power and authority. Jesus' response should trouble them. "You do not know what you are asking."

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-14-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

Christian author C.S. Lewis once wrote that Christianity is not so much about being nice people but in being "new men." We see this contrast in today's Gospel. "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus first answers in the predictable way. Follow the commandments! "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10-07-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

"Whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." This verse is part of a beautiful reflection on childlike faith. We're reminded of the innocence of children, how eager they are to experience life and how quick they are to trust. Rarely do we hear it with the story that immediately proceeds it. The Pharisees question Jesus on the lawfulness of divorce! Hardly the sort of thorny moral conversation one typically has in front of children. Yet here we are. Jesus' response goes further back then the Mosaic law.

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-30-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

As we go about our days, we necessarily label, classify, and prioritize. What's "in" and what's "out" on our priority list? Because humans are social beings, we tend to do the same thing with people. We can only invite six people to the dinner party. Our young child wants to invite certain friends to her birthday, but we're keenly aware of who the parents are, and the prospect of spending several hours with them is enough to give us pause.

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-23-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

We live in a culture set on competition. The Oscars. The Super Bowl. TV talent shows. Your son's Little League championship. The desire to "be the best" goes beyond hobbies and into politics, the corporate world, and parenting comparisons at the park. This desire is as old as the human race, and it surely arose in Jesus' day. While Biblical society was significantly less open and upwardly mobile than our own, power was attractive. From what we know, many of Jesus' disciples had come from lowly backgrounds. Now they followed an increasingly popular rabbi who seemed primed to do something big.

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Keep Moving Forward

09-23-2018Pastor's LetterFr. Carlos A. Gomez-Rivera

Family in Christ;

Transformation and renewal……Yes!!! Those 2 words are the theme of our life in our parish community. As you noticed there have been several changes in our worship space and in great expectation to see one day all accomplished. We have been so blessed in different aspects of life. Our families, our schools, our jobs, our society, and our Church. All of those areas where we move and do our lives have been touched by God’s presence.

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-16-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

We know the signs of defeat: slumped shoulders, downcast eyes, a chastened demeanor. For those of us sincerely trying to follow Jesus, defeat is inevitable. We commit to spending more time with our kids, but that one project still looms. We resolve to be a good person, but our selfishness strikes again. It can be easy to get discouraged over our moral failures. Today's Gospel is a small, intriguing look at this process in the life of St. Peter.

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-09-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

Judgment tends to have a bad reputation. We often associate it with condemnation, and in the Gospels, we associate it with the Pharisees. Today's Gospel features the Pharisees doing exactly what we expect. "They observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands." The Jewish people had strict purification laws that applied to all areas of life. The Pharisees attempt to accuse Jesus of not following the ancestral traditions. Jesus doesn't take offense at their judgments per se. He instead points out the hypocrisy of their words. "You hypocrites? this people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-02-2018Weekly Reflection©2018 Liturgical Publications, Inc.

Judgment tends to have a bad reputation. We often associate it with condemnation, and in the Gospels, we associate it with the Pharisees. Today's Gospel features the Pharisees doing exactly what we expect. "They observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands." The Jewish people had strict purification laws that applied to all areas of life. The Pharisees attempt to accuse Jesus of not following the ancestral traditions. Jesus doesn't take offense at their judgments per se. He instead points out the hypocrisy of their words. "You hypocrites? this people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."

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