3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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“We are many parts, we are all one body.
And the gifts we have we are given to share.
May the Spirit of love, make us one indeed;
one, the love that we share,
one, our hope in despair,
one, the cross that we bear.”

(Marty Haugen, based on 1 Corinthians 12:13.)

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Baptism of the Lord reflection by Fr. Matthew Litak

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The baptism of Jesus by John is a scandal in some sense. We don’t register it as such today, but consider the first generation of apostles preaching when people remembered both Jesus and John the Baptist. For them John was a major figure, whom “everyone” was asking if he would be the Messiah. At this point in the story John is the famous son of a priest, with crowds gathering around him as he preaches repentance in preparation for a new age. Jesus is some anonymous son of a craftsman who had spent some time in Egypt, and then in the half-pagan north.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent reflection by Mary Schwarz

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He shall be peace.” (Micah 5:4)

            There is phrase that I’ve seen a few times on a coffee mug or a meme that goes: “No Jesus, no peace. Know Jesus, know peace.” It does have a catchy ring to it with its play on words but it is a phrase bearing profound truth. In my own life, I can remember a time (before college), when I did not “know” Jesus in a personal way, in a way that touched my experience and all the fibers of my heart. And now there’s been the time in which I have known Him, and it’s like night and day.

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Third Sunday of Advent reflection by Martina Ricca

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Today in class, one of my sixth graders asked if Jesus had a last name. Traditionally, Jewish last names were the prefix “Bar-” followed by the first name of the father; so, Jesus’ last name on paper would have been Barjoseph. This innocent inquiry sparked a number of other questions and I watched as hands flew into the air. I looked over at Kelly Deehan and we exchanged a few quick glances that said, “Should we answer all these questions? Should we continue with the lesson? Is it fair to answer a few questions?

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