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Sunday Reflection for April 05, 2015
Easter Sunday: Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord
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Sunday Summary

Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43 What happened in Judea is now known the world over.
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 The wonder of this day can only be answered with a grateful life.
Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8 Celebrate this feast with fresh dough and new yeast: sincerity and truth.
John 20:1-9 or Mark 16:1-7 or Luke 24:13-35 The race is on to fathom the mystery of Easter morning.

Easter Sunday

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Exploring the Word
A new day dawns
New life is always something of a mystery. Take a look into the face of a newborn, and you hardly have words to express what you see. A life so delicate, unspoiled, full of possibility and grace: what worlds are contained in every new child! New life is a promise, a sign of hope, and certainly a reason to rejoice and be grateful. The whole world seems born again in the event of a new life. This may sound like the windup for a Christmas homily. But consider: Incarnation is the inauguration of the mystery that finds ...
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Weekday Homily Reflection for March 31, 2015
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, March 29, 2015

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» Shock in the skies – Loved ones grieving the horrific deaths of the 150 people on board a German airliner that crashed into a mountainside in France Tuesday may share the sentiments of the psalmist this Palm Sunday . . . More...
» Food companies craft mega-merger – This Sunday’s gospel centers on preparations for ceremonial meals related to the Passover feast in ancient Israel. Fast forward 2,000 years and many meals prepared in the U.S. . . . More...
» Afghan women rise up – The second reading prefigures the beating inflicted upon Jesus during his Passion with the description from the Book of Isaiah in the first reading, which begins, “I gave my back to those who beat me.” A brutal beating that led to the death of a young woman . . . More...
» Homeless become Sistine Chapel VIPs – During the procession with psalms this Sunday we hear that Jesus chose the most humble form of transportation imaginable—riding into Jerusalem on the back of a mule—to symbolize a kingship that did not depend on power . . . More...
Quote of the Week

"I felt a little land locked, getting carted around. I'm getting to know the archdiocese better."

—Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, the first archbishop of Chicago to drive his own car rather than have a chauffeur

Fact of the Week

The original name for Google was BackRub.


Pastoral Trends
Participation is more than a laughing matter
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . .  Read more...