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Five Minute Mass Reflection: Sunday, May 24, 2015 (Pentecost Sunday)

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Get your soul primed for Mass this weekend as we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost!  Our first reading comes from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1-11), when the Apostles received the gift of the Holy Spirit, then went out to preach – where people understood what they were saying each in their own native language.  Our responsory comes from Psalm 104Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.  Our second reading comes from 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13: we all make up one body of Christ with many parts/gifts, working under the direction of the same spirit; or it can come from Galatians 5:16-25: the fruit of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit.  The Gospel is either John 15:26-27, 16:12-15 (where Jesus promises the Spirit) or John 19:20-23 (where the Spirit is given along with authority to forgive sins).

The full text of all the readings is available on the USCCB website, by clicking here.Continue Reading

Unfolding Scripture: The New Covenant


The Old Testament is a book filled with rich imagery and many of the seeds of the faith we proclaim as Christians.  Our whole study up to this point has been an examination of many of foundation pieces God laid in our story: promises which impacted the immediate and long-term future not only of Israel, but of all humanity. But if the story had ended with the last book of the Old Testament… much of this was not yet fulfilled.  While God hadn’t flooded the world again (as promised to Noah), the universal blessing promised to Abraham or the perpetual reign of a descendant of King David were still very much up in the air.  In the case of the promise to David, the generations which follow his son, Solomon, were rank with corruption; they saw the kingdom being split in two, invasion, and eventually exile.

But with Jesus comes the fulfillment of these promises and so many more.  St. Paul writes that: For in him every one of God’s promises is a “yes” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  Continue Reading

Five Minute Mass Reflection: May 17, 2015 (Ascension Sunday)

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Get primed for Mass this weekend by taking few minutes to read & reflect on this Sunday’s readings.  This week we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord – how fifty days after His Resurrection, our Lord ascended – humanity and divinity – into Heaven, making way for the coming of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost, which we celebrate next weekend.)

The first reading comes from the Acts of the ApostlesContinue Reading