Browsing the 2019 archive of Blog

A Hospitality of Presence

Posted by debbie fields on 7/17/19

 

 

For Sunday, July 21st, 2019 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Genesis 18:1-10a Colossians 1:24-28 Luke 10:38-42

Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have ... Read More »

Who is my Neighbor?

Posted by debbie fields on 7/10/19

 

For Sunday, July 14th, 2019 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Colossians 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37

Through his Canticle of the Sun, St. Francis reminds us that the essence and beauty of God emanate from within God’s creation and are not imposed upon it. All created things ... Read More »

Proclaiming God's Kingdom...Together

Posted by debbie fields on 7/03/19

 

For Sunday, July 7th, 2019 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 66:10-14c Galatians 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

Through my years working with parish and retreat groups around the country, I’ve discovered that many people see a contrast or division between their private faith and their public acts of ... Read More »

Honor the Past, Embrace the Future

Posted by debbie fields on 6/26/19

 

For Sunday, June 30th, 2019 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62

June is a time of transition for dioceses throughout the country. The newly ordained receive their first assignments, and pastors announce their retirements. In the process, parishes lose their ... Read More »

Hungry for the Living God

Posted by debbie fields on 6/19/19

 

For Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Genesis 14:18-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Luke 9:11b-17

Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan tells a moving story in his book, “Five Loaves & Two Fish”:

There was an old man named Jim ... Read More »

The Messy Joy of the Holy Spirit

Posted by debbie fields on 6/05/19

 

For Sunday, June 9th, 2019  Pentecost Sunday  

Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23

Recently, I finally watched an episode of “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” In some ways, it can feel similar to other reality shows featuring people dismantling their hoarding spaces and loading unwanted things ... Read More »

Up, Up, and Away?

Posted by debbie fields on 5/29/19

For Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 

The Ascension of the Lord  

Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 or Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 Luke 24:46-53

It is common thinking to believe that Christ’s Ascension into heaven somehow removes him from earth and that the Holy Spirit becomes some kind of substitution for his presence ... Read More »

Living in Love

Posted by debbie fields on 5/22/19

 

For Sunday, May 26th, 2019  6th Sunday of Easter  

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 Revelations 21:10-14, 22-23 John 14: 23-29

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with ... Read More »

Renewed by the Love of Christ

Posted by debbie fields on 5/15/19

For Sunday, May 19th, 2019 

5th Sunday of Easter  

Acts 14:21-27 Revelations 21:1-5a John 13:31-33a, 34-35

Most of us live in homes that could probably use some renovating.

The word “renovate” means “to make new.” However, we cannot make our houses brand new unless we totally tear down and ... Read More »

The Voice of the Shepherd

Posted by debbie fields on 5/08/19

 

For Sunday, May 12th, 2019  4th Sunday of Easter  

Acts 13:14, 43-52 Revelations 7:9, 14b-17 John 10:27-30

A famous Christian speaker was coming to town. Many people packed into the hall to hear him. He began to speak about theological and spiritual topics, much to the amazement of ... Read More »