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Do We Really Want to Hear?

Posted by debbie fields on 10/27/21

  For Sunday, October 31, 2021 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Deuteronomy 6:2-6Hebrews 7:23-28Mark 12:28b-34

Christians did a great disservice to themselves when they lost touch with Israel’s Shema prayer: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!” Jesus was very familiar with this prayer and references ... Read More »

Blindness of Spirit

Posted by debbie fields on 10/20/21

  For Sunday, October 24, 2021 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Jeremiah 31:7-9Hebrews 5:1-6Mark 10:46-52

They called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.

Jesus said to him in reply, “What ... Read More »

The Love We Are Called To

Posted by debbie fields on 10/13/21

  For Sunday, October 17, 2021 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 53:10-11Hebrews 4:14-16Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Jesus gave of himself in service to others. If we are to follow him, we must do the same.

The Eucharist is at the center of our faith lives. At Mass, we ... Read More »

"Amazed, Astonished, Impossible...but..."

Posted by debbie fields on 10/06/21

For Sunday, October 10, 2021 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Wisdom 7:7-11Hebrews 4:12-13Mark 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

Picture yourself in the scene of today’s Gospel. Many of us can resonate with the response of these disciples — ‘amazed,’ and ‘exceedingly astonished,’ or from another perspective, shocked and perplexed — because ... Read More »

The Rib of Adam and The Body of Christ

Posted by debbie fields on 9/29/21

  For Sunday, October 3, 2021 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gn 2:18-24Heb 2:9-11Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

Ten years ago, I wasn’t brave enough for Genesis, chapter two.

While thumbing through my parish’s liturgical guide ... Read More »

If All Were Prophets

Posted by debbie fields on 9/22/21

  For Sunday, September 26, 2021 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Numbers 11:25-29James 5:1-6Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Today’s readings call us to examine the motives behind our actions, especially those that lead us away from God and towards sin. Not only looking at what obstacles keep us from growing ... Read More »

Who's on First?

Posted by debbie fields on 9/15/21

  For Sunday, September 19, 2021 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20James 3:16—4:3Mark 9:30-37

How we define the word “success” matters. Success is associated with the attainment of some goal or purpose. Taken on face value, this definition is not incompatible with what Jesus teaches. Being people ... Read More »

Understanding Faithful Discipleship

Posted by debbie fields on 9/08/21

For Sunday, September 12, 2021 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 50:5-9aJames 2:14-18Mark 8:27-35

Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days… He summoned ... Read More »

Jesus Healed Me! Let Me Tell You All About It!

Posted by debbie fields on 9/01/21

  For Sunday, September 5, 2021 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Isaiah 35:4-7aJames 2:1-5Mark 7:31-37

For over 80 years, Alcoholics Anonymous has helped people overcome addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other destructive behaviors. When people working the program achieve a certain level of serenity and healing, they learn that ... Read More »

True Disciples of Jesus

Posted by debbie fields on 8/26/21

  For Sunday, August 29, 2021 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The Pharisees and scribes questioned him,“Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the eldersbut instead eat a meal with unclean hands?”Jesus responded,“Well did Isaiah prophesy about you ... Read More »