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Be on Fire with the Love of Christ

Posted by debbie fields on 3/20/19

For Sunday, March 24th, 2019 

3rd Sunday of Lent  

Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9

Growing up in the northern Midwest, we had long, unforgiving winters. Spring meant hope of warmth and the great thaw from a long cold winter. It was filled with melting snow, ... Read More »

Glory & Sacrifice

Posted by debbie fields on 3/13/19

 

For Sunday, March 17th, 2019  2nd Sunday of Lent  

Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18 Philippians 3:17—4:1 Luke 9:28b-36

Our contemporary American culture has a complicated relationship with sacrifice. Historically, our nation was built on it. Today we honor veterans, first responders, and others who risk their own lives for others. ... Read More »

Resisting Temptation

Posted by debbie fields on 3/06/19

 

For Sunday, March 10th, 2019  1st Sunday of Lent  

Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13

Our Church and our world are going through painful times. For our Church, the ongoing revelations of the sex abuse crisis are disturbing, discouraging, and sad. Feelings of betrayal and anger are commonly ... Read More »

Cultivate Good Fruits

Posted by debbie fields on 2/27/19

 

For Sunday, March 3rd, 2019  8th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Sirach 27:4-7 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45

As I look back on my own spiritual journey, I’m quite aware of the special role that the saints have played in the development of my faith. In fact, much like ... Read More »

Fighting Hatred with Love

Posted by debbie fields on 2/20/19

 

For Sunday, February 24th, 2019  7th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Luke 6:27-38

February 14th marked the one-year anniversary of the shootings at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen children and teachers were killed that day. ... Read More »

Show and Tell

Posted by debbie fields on 2/13/19

 

For Sunday, February 17th, 2019  6th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Jeremiah 17:5-8 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Luke 6:17, 20-26

I remember these assignments in grade school. I was terrified by them. I was afraid to stand in front of my class and didn’t think that I would ever ... Read More »

Put Out Into the Deep

Posted by debbie fields on 2/07/19

 

For Sunday, February 10th, 2019  5th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11

A few weeks ago, I caught myself stuck in the middle of a petty social media argument. There were two sides arguing in, essentially, a battle of the minds. I ... Read More »

The Pundits & The Prophets

Posted by debbie fields on 1/30/19

 

For Sunday, February 3rd, 2019  4th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 Luke 4:21-30

Jeremiah is called from birth. Jesus proclaimed it in his hometown of Nazareth 2,000 years ago. Barack Obama announced it in 2007 in his native state of Illinois … or ... Read More »

The Messiah is in Our Midst

Posted by debbie fields on 1/25/19

  For Sunday, January 13th, 2019 

The Baptism of the Lord  

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

This Sunday, we end our Christmas celebration with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry of preaching the good news of reconciliation ... Read More »

Give Your Best Gifts to Christ

Posted by debbie fields on 1/02/19

 

For Sunday, January 6th, 2019  The Epiphany of the Lord  

Isaiah 60:1-6 Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12

I remember it like it was yesterday: I was sitting in a college conference room with about 250 other young people for a week-long summer retreat. Each day, the staff had ... Read More »