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Sunday Reflection for April 27, 2014
Solemnity of the Second Sunday of Easter
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Acts 2:42-47 The first generation of church was so great that people gave their money away to get in.

Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 Everlasting love is the cornerstone of the church.

1 Peter 1:3-9 If heaven were a bank, would you trust all your valuables there?

John 20:19-31 Having friends who have seen the Lord isn't as convincing as seeing him yourself.

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Exploring the Word
Give me that early church religion
Every Sunday the collection basket circulates throughout churches across America. You and I throw in our dollar, five dollars, ten, 20. If you've ever been drafted for counting duty, you know that once in a while someone throws in a $100 bill! Perhaps that's when the sermon is especially good, or maybe when someone is feeling especially grateful—or guilty. But back in the early days, we're told, the 100 in the basket wasn't a rare event. Everyone threw everything they had into the basket when they bought . . .
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Weekday Homily Reflection for April 24, 2014
World news in light of the Good News
for Sunday, April 27, 2014

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» Ukraine in pain – We hear this Divine Mercy Sunday that the psalmist "was hard pressed and was falling" when the Lord reached out with assistance. The nation of Ukraine is hard pressed and at risk of falling into civil war. United States Vice President Joseph Biden arrived in Kiev Monday . . . More...
» Sherpas stunned by avalanche loss – This Sunday’s second reading speaks of believers having to “suffer through various trials” as their faith was tested. In the wake of the deadly avalanche on Mount Everest last week that killed 16 Nepalese guides, most of the surviving Sherpas . . . More...
» Getting high may heighten risk of heart disease – The reading from Acts of the Apostles this Sunday describes how members of the early church lived in a state of heightened joy and exultation as they broke bread and praised God together. Marijuana users report their own kind of high . . . More...
» Palestinians make peace--among themselves – This Sunday’s gospel recounts how the apostle Thomas had his doubts about the resurrected Christ until he saw him in the flesh. Skeptics have their doubts that a reconciliation deal announced Wednesday between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will hold. But if it does, the deal will seriously complicate U.S.-led efforts to broker . . . More...
Quote of the Week
“Going home, you will find your children. Give them a caress and tell them, ’This is the caress of the pope.’”
—Pope John XXIII speaking to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on the night of October 11, 1962, the opening of the Second Vatican Council. He will be canonized alongside Pope John Paul II this Sunday.
Fact of the Week
Americans spend $109 billion a year on illegal marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin, a new study says, more than the amount spent at electronics and appliance stores.
Source: RAND Corp. and Bloomberg Businessweek

Pastoral Trends
Dialogue needed about parish ministry
Priests are happy—but morale is low. Pastors find encouragement from their parishioners—but not enough from their fellow pastors. Associate pastors often become pastors . . .  Read more...