Homily by Fr. Rex Pillai: Fourth Sunday of Lent

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Dear Saint Clement Parish family,

These are unprecedented times indeed, times that we have not seen or experienced in our life time. As we hunker down and do everything we can to stay healthy and safe, perhaps the question we are asking ourselves is how long is this going to last? We hope and pray that we would all be able to get back our normal routines sooner than later. 

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Fourth Sunday of Lent reflection & reflection questions by Michael Bayer

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Scripture passages around physical suffering and healing take on unique significance during a time of pandemic. For many of us, particularly those of us who are fortunate to take our health for granted, the stories of Jesus’ healings might seem distant and impersonal. Momentary episodes of miraculous cures from two thousand years ago. 

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Third Sunday of Lent reflection by Patrick Sinozich

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The story of the woman at the well is one of the most well known in the Bible; many Christians can easily tell a summary of it. On its surface, the story chronicles ethnic prejudice and a woman shunned by her community. But take a deeper look, and you'll realize it reveals a great deal about Jesus' character.
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Second Sunday of Lent reflection by Paul Nicholson

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Do you ever wonder about superheroes? Why are we so fascinated by them? What is it about super-human abilities that turns our heads? I googled ‘superhero’ a moment ago and discovered SHDb (Superhero Database - www.superherodb.com/characters) where I was given an alphabetical listing of all known superheroes – I didn’t count, but there must be hundreds, maybe thousands on the list. You can click on any name listed and read a complete analysis of the person and abilities.
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1st Sunday of Lent reflection by Rachel Espinoza

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Today’s first reading from Genesis tells the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve. Recently, I was re-reading a book that gave me a different insight on this Scripture that I’d like to share today. Richard Rohr, in his introduction to the volume Oneing: An Alternative Orthodoxy -“Transgression” says that in the story of the Fall, “a commandment of dubious quality was given to Adam and Eve. [This commandment] set up an arbitrary line in the sand that begged for transgression and, in fact, is assured in literary terms.
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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Michael Bayer

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“But I say to you, love your family members who voted for Trump, do good to your neighbors who supported Hillary, pray for your co-workers who wrote in a third party candidate or stayed home!”
      Today’s Gospel could not possibly be more timely than in an election year. 
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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time reflection by Gabriel Mayhugh

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Christians make many claims about God, who God is, what God is like. What God teaches, how God judges. We make big claims about God, some negative and some positive but the biggest of our claims is that God is Love.  We sing songs about love, we preach about love and we profess to one another that our Christian identity is rooted in love. The scriptures speak of God’s love and we sing the scripture at Mass during communion: “God is love and where true love is found, God is always there.” 
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