THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

January 16, 2022


THIS WEEK'S FOCUS:

FENCING WITH GOD

Many scriptural figures try to get God’s revelation to work the way they want it to, from Jacob’s wrestling with the angel to Mary instructing Jesus at Cana. God wins, but so do we!



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  • SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 16, 2020

    It is tempting to try and figure out the bare minimum that we can do and still think we are a follower of Christ. But He always challenges us to do more than the minimum to stay away from the Tempter who leads us down that path.

  • SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 23, 2020

    The command to be holy, as God is holy, can seem like a return to the sin of Eden—thinking that we are gods. Rather, we are to let God’s grace guide us and draw us near, so we are filled with divine holiness.

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 1, 2020

    A new Lent is a new opportunity to examine our relationship with God and to follow the example of Jesus, who remained true to the end

  • SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    March 8, 2020

    God is more brilliant than we can ever imagine, and we will see ϔlickers of that brilliance if we open our eyes of faith.


  • THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 15, 2020

    In today's encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Jesus speaks to her directly about her life, but also offers her refreshment for days to come.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 22, 2020

    Jesus, the light of the world, leads us out of darkness, a beacon of God's merciful care and love for us.

  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 29, 2020

    Facing death-of those we love our our own-is a profoundly human moment in every life, a moment into which we know Jesus will step.

  • palm sunday

    April 5, 2020

    The Passion reveals the depths to which the Lord will go to show us his love. It is our calling to listen and hear this love story again, in a new and fresh way.


  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 12, 2020

    Our joy at the Resurrection must move our hearts, our voices, and our bodies, until our inner bliss is fully expressed in singing and dancing!

  • DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

    April 19, 2020

    As Christ showed Thomas the signs of resurrection, so God continues to show-to reveal-to us the risen Christ among us. Let us, in turn, reveal the Resurrection by the way we live.


  • third sunday of easter

    April 26, 2020

    Though the risen Lord is revealed in the grand Easter, "Aha!" we also can come to know his glorified presence in gentler, merciful moments.

  • GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

    May 3, 2020

    Our Good Shepherd, weather-worn and ready to die for his flock, leads us always through dark valleys, to places of life, safety, and light.

  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 10, 2020

    Because the Church is made up of human beings, arguments and divisions have always been part of our story. But so has turning to the Spirit in prayer, so we can return to unity.



  • sixth sunday of easter

    May 17, 2020

    The Holy Spirit promised by Jesus gives us our purpose: to go out on the joyful mission of spreading the good news of salvation.

  • ascension sunday

    May 24, 2020

    Even though Jesus has “gone away,” he is closer to us now than he could have been if he had physically remained on earth.

  • pentecost sunday

    May 31, 2020

    It is easy to be focused on Pentecost's diversity of tongues spoken. Search a bit deeper, though, to discover that the Spirit's joy must erupt into words of faith.

  • most holy trinity

    June 7, 2020

    An ancient understanding of the persons of the Trinity refers to them as dancing together. The good news is, we’re invited to join in the dancing! 

  • most holy body and blood of christ

    June 14, 2020

    Sometimes when the world around us is rejecting Christ, we must recall those moments in our lives when we were touched by Christ, the Bread of Life. 

  • TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 21, 2020

    The Spirit can grant us courage every day to accomplish more than we think we are capable of on our own. Extraordinary!

  • THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 28, 2020

    Made in the image of God, baptized into the Body of Christ, we are called upon to die to ourselves so that God's generous live might be shared.

  • FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 5, 2020

    Love can make our burdens lighter. When we share the burdens of life with Christ in our fellow disciples, burdens are easier to bear.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 12, 2020

    Anyone who plants or grows anything knows how much is dependent on the quality of the soil. Let us-sowers of the seed of God's word-be attentive to the soil!

  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 19, 2020

    We often do not know what we do not know when it comes to making judgments about others. God alone knows us and others, so we rely on God's vision, not our own.

  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 26, 2020

    What “pearl of great price” does God have in store for you today? It most likely isn’t a winning lottery ticket or an actual pearl, but an opportunity to bring the reign of God into the world.

  • EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 2, 2020

    Our day-to-day lives are filled with various hungers and thirsts. Deepest among those is our hunger and thirst for God, who alone can satisfy that need.

  • NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 9, 2020

    We are surrounded by the mighty powers of God, who also beckons to us, summoning us with a vibrant invitation. In times of trial and storm, we need to listen carefully for that voice.

  • TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August, 16, 2020

    Whenever life needs healing, it is our love for those in need, our hope for a different and better future that propels our faith forward, leading us to search for healing until we find it.

  • twenty first sunday in ordinary time

    August 23, 2020

    The phrase “Jesus Christ is Lord!” comes off the tongue easily enough, but have we stopped to examine the many implications inside it, the truly radical nature of that claim?

  • TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 30. 2020

    We all think undinstinctly about how life should go. There are times we understand how things should proceed, however, when we experience the unexpected, it calls on us to release our grasping and our certainty.

  • twenty third sunday in ordinary time

    September 6, 2020

    Resolving conflicts is always difficult; in the context of the Church it can be downright tricky. Disciples are called to continual discernment through the Spirit, for

    the well-being of the community.

  • TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 13, 2020

    God has generously provided for us, and continues to shower us, with merciful love. We are called to share. God's generosity with everyone.

  • TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 20, 2020

    Jesus' stories often feature an inverting of the expectations of the world. When he does this, it shows us that the reign of Godwas, is, and will be an upside-down reality.

  • twenty sixth sunday in ordinary time

    September 27, 2020

    God doesn’t seek out the perfect, but looks for those who are willing, who are humble, who will try, and—when and if they fail—will try again to do God’s will.

  • TWENTY SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 4, 2020

    Even in our largely non-agrarian society, the images of planting, tending, and reaping the benefits of what we've grown is something we understand. All God wants is to reap from us, the vineyard of the Lord.

  • TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 11, 2020

    Who doesn't like to be invited to a party? The best part of the celebration God invitees us to is that even if we don't feel we are worthy or ready, God's desire that we attend overwhelms our imagined shortcomings.

  • twenty ninth sunday in ordinary time

    October 18, 2020

    As usual, when an attempt is made to trick Jesus into answering a question that seems to have no right answers, he nimbly skips up that precarious edge to point us beyond—and above.

  • THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 25, 2020

    Rather than thinking of our love for God in terms of quantities, perhaps understanding it as having dimensions will allow God to beckon us more deeply into love, into greater constancy of love.

  • all saints day

    November 1, 2020

    Do we imagine the heavenly banquet as having an aroma? One that wafts toward us, lifting us up in the manner of a blissful cartoon character? Oh, what a fragrance the celestial delights must have?

  • THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 8, 2020

    The life of faith often holds us in paradox between a fear of what is to come and assurance that in Christ all will be well. Christians must learn to live within that tension.

  • THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 15, 2020

    God invests in us; we in turn, invest our lives in God. The danger comes in making our spiritual lives too transactional. Rather, we invest-and are invested in-through our relationship with the divine.

  • our lord jesus christ, king of the universe

    November 22, 2020

         The Glory of Jesus our king isn’t something we merely sit back and admire. It envelops us, and its majesty transforms us, until we become Christ-like through its presence and power.

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    November 29, 2020

         Advent is a season that makes demands on our attentiveness. It is a time for us to pay attention to the ways in which the Divine beckons us.

  • second sunday of advent

    December 6, 2020

    John the Baptist is surely among scripture’s most challenging prophetic figures. To this day he points us to Christ and away from the world’s distractions.


  • THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 13, 2020

    There are times in human lives that a single, simple yes or no is all that is needed to clear the way for God’s great design. 


  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT/CHRISTMAS

    December 20-25, 2020

    As we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth, we can take a close look at his humble beginnings. How many aspects of it would have seemed impossible, yet they were not!

  • the holy family of jesus mary and joseph

    December 27, 2020

    God doesn’t promise a life that is always easy, or never knows sadness or trials. What God does promise us in Christ—is someone to share it all—the difficulties and the joys—no matter what.

  • THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

    January 3, 2021

    Whether it was Isaiah’s listeners wondering where God’s light was, or the Magi following a star to an unexpected place, or us trying to broaden our understanding of God’s mysteries, we know that God illumines the way. 


  • the baptism of the lord

    January 10, 2021

    Many times in the mission of Jesus, God uses commonplace things-river water, sinful men and women, bread and wine—to reveal the uncommon, divine grace.

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 17, 2021

         The call of Samuel might reinforce a disproportionate sense of call (or vocation) as an individual event.  Jesus shows us we are truly called to work with others.

  • third sunday in ordinary time

    January 24, 2021

    Jesus’ call to repentance is meant to lead us to spiritual health, not merely to be a scolding or a warning of impending punishment. We repent in order to live fully in God’s love.

  • fourth sunday in ordinary time

    January 31, 2021

    Jesus, Light from light, illuminates and warms our lives; or, when we try to live as our shadow selves, the same Light from light can seem piercing and blistering. 

  • FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 7, 2021

    Following Jesus and living his Gospel message always requires movement. There are always new places and lives waiting in need of the Gospel's good news of great joy.

  • SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 14, 2021

    Jesus risks a lot. By touching the lepers, he could likewise have been banished to live the life of the unclean outcast. Bringing God's healing into the world was worth the risk. 

  • first sunday of lent

    February 21, 2021

    The desert wilderness is a tough place; only the strong survive. God, our strength, is with us in the deserts of life and guides us on the Lenten trek.

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

    February 28, 2021

    Many experiences in life are transformed by dazzling displays of light. In such displays, we can know ourselves as God’s beloved children of light.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 7, 2021

    Jesus wasn’t opposed to money/commerce but was opposed to its misuse in the dwelling place of his Father. His anger focused at the profiting from idolatry.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 14, 2021

    We can live in a life of externals and be affirmed for how we appear and what we do on the outside. Rebirth in Christ, however, happens inside first

  • fifth sunday of lent

    March 21, 2021

    There are many biblical covenants, but the final one is the one that was sealed on the cross of Christ on Calvary. We still reap its harvest of life.

  • PALM SUNDAY

    March 28, 2021

    The more profound the biblical story, the easier it can be sometimes to distance ourselves from it in mind and spirit. The Passion calls us, instead, to immerse ourselves more deeply.

  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 4, 2021

    Every life has moments of joy and light, which we sometimes don't completely understand. Resurrection is like that-relish the joy and light when it comes into your life!

  • divine mercy sunday

    April 11, 2021

    The public ministry of Jesus was spent overcoming barriers and breaking through the hardness of people in different places. His ministry.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

    April 18, 2021

    The disciples on the road to Emmaus came to realize that the elusive, burning feeling in their hearts was actually the awakening joy of coming to know that Jesus had been raised from the dead.

  • fourth sunday of easter

    April 25, 2021

    We live in a world that likes to put a price on everything. To Jesus, our Good Shepherd, the flock is beyond price, except perhaps the price of his own life.

  • FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 2, 2021

    Just as trees and other living things are nourished by sap flowing and sustaining life, so we must keep our own lives nourished by the life that flows to us through Christ.

  • sixth sunday of easter

    May 9, 2021

    To be a follower of Jesus is to live in his love. To live on in his love means to stop sometimes on the road of life for those who have been abandoned, those who are lost.

  • THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

    May 16, 2021

    Just like the first part of his earthly ministry, the second part—his post-Resurrection ministry—had to come to an end. Those who follow Jesus will also follow him home, when his earthly life comes to an end.

  • pentecost

    May 23, 2021

    We use different images to express the Spirit—wind, dove, breath, dewfall—but none of these ever fully captures or articulates who the Spirit is. The best we can do is rejoice for the Spirit is among us!

  • THE MOST HOLY TRINITY - MEMORIAL DAY

    May 30, 2021

    We have made many attempts to understand or express the mystery of the Trinity. In the end, however, we need to relax and bask in the mystery’s glow.

  • THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

    June 6, 2021

    We distance ourselves from the Blood of Christ in the Eucharist in various ways, intentional or not. Yet to drink the cup Christ drank is central to our faith.

  • ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 13, 2021

    In the planting and growing of the reign of God, we often lack the necessary patience to be partners in God's plan. Yet, that is what we are.


  • TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 20, 2021

    It's easier-and tidier-to believe that once God intervenes, we move immediately to a place of strong faith. Most often we need to recall that God stays with us in that middle space, on the journey to faith.

  • thirteenth sunday in ordinary time

    June 27, 2021

    To find or know healing and mercy from God, we have to respond to the ever-present invitation from God to trust, and to have faith.

  • FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 4, 2021

    In Christ, God makes all things new. God takes risks in order to bring success out of what seems to be failure. God brings forth life from death.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 11, 2021

    We all love to feel as though we’ve made a difference. When Jesus sends out his followers, it is to do just that, but not merely so that they feel good, but that God is glorified.

  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 18, 2021

    In his fully human nature, Jesus got tired; his Father had sent him on a very demanding mission! No matter what our mission may be, we know that Jesus understands our fatigue.

  • seventeenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 25, 2021

    Time and again, Jesus (like his predecessors, the prophets) leads us to the God of the unlikely, the unexpected, the improbable—the impossible! All we need to do is open our eyes.

  • EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 1, 2021

    It’s human instinct to watch where we’re going. That well-worn path sometimes turns into a deep rut and we need Divine intervention to startle us out of it!

  • nineteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 8, 2021

    In these Sundays of John’s Bread of Life discourse, we explore the many ways that people reacted to that presence in their midst. How will we react, until we are raised up on the last day?

  • THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

    August 15, 2021

    Perhaps nowhere do we see the divine virtue of hope more than in the life of Mary. Mortal like us, she shows the way that God will bring all of us to a life beyond this life.

  • TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 22, 2021

    The context in which we live our lives (family, friends, work, neighbors) play an important part in living our faith. Lord, to whom shall “we” go?

  • twenty second sunday in ordinary time

    August 29, 2021

    Jesus reinforces his teachings today: Merely observing external rituals isn’t enough. What those rituals are meant to signify is what is the most important.

  • TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 5, 2021

    There are times when life around us, beaten down or broken, doesn’t look as though God is keeping faith with us. At these times our prayer is for grace, so we may continue to trust.

  • twenty fourth sunday in ordinary time

    September 12, 2021

    Peter’s profession of faith was, no doubt, an unclouded moment, one that suddenly turned dark and stormy. In the dark and the storms of life, we often have to have Jesus “take the wheel” for us.

  • TWENTY FifTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 19, 2021

    Jesus surely had moments of discouragement and despair—he was human, after all. Perhaps, like Jesus, we can rededicate ourselves to the Good News by recalling and seeking life’s glimmers of divine hope.

  • TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    Sunday, September 26, 2021

    One of the ways in which Jesus was clearly the incarnation of the God of the First Covenant was continued care and concern for the weak, the lowly, the poor, the marginalized, the children—all God’s little ones.

     

  • twenty seventh sunday in ordinary time

    Sunday, October 3, 2021

    There is a broader lesson in next week’s message about marriage. The vast, generous love of God is seen when two become one, fused together by the Divine.

  • TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 10, 2021

    Many Gospel figures appear once, and then never again. We will never know if the rich man who heard had another opportunity to ” follow me “ the words, sell all he had, to become a follower.

  • twenty ninth sunday in ordinary time

    October 17, 2021

    The words “hero” or “shero” get used quite a bit— sometimes deservedly, other times not. Jesus shows us how we, made in the divine image, already have the powers needed to be heroic. We just need to use them.

  • thirtieth sunday in ordinary time

    October 24, 2021

    We can get caught up in wonder at the accounts of people Jesus healed. Step back, realize that heaven’s mercy overcomes human misery, and then go forth to bring that mercy to the miserable.

  • THIRTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 31, 2021

    Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord alone.”Israel’s Shema prayer called the people to listen, so that they might remember that there is Someone who listened to them when they prayed.


  • THIRTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 7, 2021

    Throughout scripture, God’s power is always with the weak and lowly, God’s favor is with the small and the marginalized. No matter how frail or little we may be, God considers that to be our greatness.

  • THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    November 14, 2021

    The world around us has an effect on the way we speak about, portray, and envision the end of our lives and the world. Can we allow the eternal virtues-faith, hope, love—to have an even greater effect?



  • OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

    November 21, 2021

    We live in a shifting time, when people are replacing what is true with what they believe is true. In Christ, We know what a true king is, though it may not match

    up with what others believe a king to be.

  • FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    November 28, 2021

    Though the followers of Jesus were told at his ascension not to stare uselessly up at the sky, faithful disciples will keep focused—with their hearts—on the power of heaven for guidance and comfort.

  • second sunday of advent

    December 5, 2021

    In Baptism we were named for Christ. This means that every day we are called upon to look around us for the presence of Christ in the world, and to live so that others see Christ present to us.


  • third sunday of advent

    December 12, 2021

    Hope happens in human bodies because our God— our hope—came to save the world by taking on human flesh. Not only do we believe in God, God believes in us!

  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 19, 2021

    Nothing gets us to perk up like a test. When we perk up and are attentive to the coming of the Lord, we can answer the question: "What are we to do?"

  • christmas/feast of the holy family

    December 25-26, 2021

    We think of church, or perhaps religious education classes, or a parish school as the places we learn about faith. But none of these is more central to learning to live our faith than the household and family.

     

  • epiphany of the lord

    January 2, 2022

    We are tempted to think of Epiphany as a single day for celebrating the arrival of the Magi. Yet, every day in our own lives, we are offered the opportunity to behold and reveal the God-appearing that is Epiphany.

  • baptism of the lord

    January 9, 2022

    The baptismal garment is an outward symbol of the brightness and glory of Christ, in which we are wrapped—even swaddled—on our baptismal day and every day of discipleship.

     

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 16, 2022

    Many scriptural figures try to get God’s revelation to work the way they want it to, from Jacob’s wrestling with the angel to Mary instructing Jesus at Cana. God wins, but so do we!