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Live a Life of Mercy

Posted by debbie fields on 2/20/20

 

For Sunday, February 23, 20207th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-181 Corinthians 3:16-23Matthew 5:38-48

Recently, I posted a controversial article on social media, and not surprisingly, I was met with a slew of responses from friends describing ways they either agreed or disagreed with me. It ... Read More »

The Law of the Lord

Posted by debbie fields on 2/11/20

For Sunday, February 16, 2020

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 15:15-201 Corinthians 2:6-10Matthew 5:17-37

Jesus “did not come to abolish the law.” Instead, he perfects and fulfills it. The scribe’s and pharisee’s mistake wasn’t that they strove to keep the letter of the law. Most problematic was ... Read More »

We are the Salt & Light

Posted by debbie fields on 2/07/20

 

For Sunday, February 9, 20205th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 58:7-101 Corinthians 2:1-5Matthew 5:13-16

The prophet Isaiah is both concise and profound: “If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation, and malicious speech; if you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; then light shall ... Read More »

Carry the Light of Faith

Posted by debbie fields on 1/29/20

 

For Sunday, February 2, 2020The Presentation of the Lord

Malachi 3:1-4Hebrews 2:14-18Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

St. Luke tells us that Mary and Joseph, in keeping with the Law of Moses, presented the Child Jesus to God in the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. This ... Read More »

Centered on the Light of Christ

Posted by debbie fields on 1/24/20

 

For Sunday, January 26, 20203rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 8:23—9:31 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

Looking up at the stars on a warm, quiet night is one of my favorite things to do. I revel in the chance to soak in the vastness around me, ... Read More »

Increasing the Reign of Christ

Posted by debbie fields on 1/15/20

 

For Sunday, January 19, 20202nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:3, 5-61 Corinthians 1:1-13John 1:29-34

As I’m writing this reflection, I am taking pause from writing a talk for an upcoming Diocesan Youth Conference. I’m preparing a brief overview of Christian history, hitting only major highlights for ... Read More »

Give Without Counting the Cost

Posted by debbie fields on 1/10/20

For Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Baptism of the Lord

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7Acts 10:34-38Matthew 3:13-17

In graduate school, I had the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The thought of walking in the footsteps of Jesus excited me. Along with walking the Stations of ... Read More »

The Obedience of Faith

Posted by debbie fields on 12/19/19

 

For Sunday, December 22nd, 20194th Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 7:10-14Romans 1:1-7Matthew 1:18-24

The Gospels do not relate a single word of Joseph, the husband of Mary. He is a silent, loving figure standing in the shadows during the season of Advent, coming into view only in the ... Read More »

A Time for Longing

Posted by debbie fields on 12/10/19

 

For Sunday, December 15, 20193rd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10James 5:7-10Matthew 11:2-11

Advent is a time of longing. It is a time to recognize that in all our hopes and dreams we are reaching out for the “one who is to come.” To use the words ... Read More »

The View From Heaven

Posted by debbie fields on 12/04/19

 

For Sunday, December 8, 20192nd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 11:1-10Romans 15:4-9Matthew 3:1-12

“God is mystery. This mystery is clearly revealed in paradox and balance. A paradox is an apparent contradiction that speaks of a deeper truth. Some paradoxes: 1.) We often find companionship, communion, and community in ... Read More »