Weeds and Wheat

by Tony Ciecierski on 07/18/2014

in Ordinary Time

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A July 20, 2014 “While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.” (Matthew 13:25)     Weeds and Wheat Usually, we close our eyes and sleep when the sun goes down bringing darkness. There are other kinds of darkness. “I haven’t got […]

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Soil and Soul Searching

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 07/10/2014

in Ordinary Time

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A July 13, 2014 “But some seed fell on rich soil, produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirty-fold.” (Matthew 13:8b) Soil and Soul Searching Is your soil made of clay? An old and weathered rock Hard and not easily seeded Water bogged Perhaps your ways are hardened; and you suffer […]

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Burden or Blessing

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 07/03/2014

in Ordinary Time

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A July 6, 2014 “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:30b) Burden or Blessing Not many would consider burdens as blessings, at least not at first. All carry burdens like beasts of burdens carry them. No one is exempt. We are all a “yoked humanity.” Oxen can […]

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Pillars of the Church

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/26/2014

in Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles–Cycle A June 29, 2014 “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways your ways,’ says the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) Pillars of the Church God’s way is not our way. What employer would have chosen the likes of Peter and Paul? Could any good come from either […]

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Paradoxical Godhead

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/12/2014

in Ordinary Time

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity–Cycle A June 15, 2014 “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Paradoxical Godhead (This poem is created from a reflection on the Trinity by Gregory Nazianzen (329-389) found in […]

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Pentecost Advocate

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/05/2014

in Easter

Pentecost Sunday–Cycle A June 8, 2014 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always.” (John 15:16) Pentecost Advocate Promised Advocate descend from heaven like flames of fire. Enter our hearts and set them ablaze. Never again will you leave us orphaned. Tell us what our […]

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