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Paralyzed souls hunger for healing prayer

Maria Kozakiewicz

February 13, 2012
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 19, 2012

Over time, our understanding of biblical scenes changes. The dramatic scene in which four men tear the roof over Jesus' head and use ropes to let down a paralyzed man has attracted me for years.

At first, I focused on the miracle in a literal sense – here is a man unable to move, speak and function, probably twisted and emaciated, and Jesus tells him to get up, take his mat and go.

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People of Nineveh repented with flair

Maria Kozakiewicz

January 16, 2012
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 22, 2012

I love the readings of this Sunday. They are like three wholesome dishes that need to be tasted separately, yet they form one wonderful meal.

First, Jonah, my favourite prophet, warns the people of Nineveh of impending doom and the need for penance. He has little love for the people to whom he brings this message, but he obeys God's command.

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Mary's spirit rejoices in God her Saviour

Maria Kozakiewicz

December 5, 2011
Third Sunday in Advent
December 11, 2011

There are few words of Mary, mother of God, preserved in Scripture. She is the quietest of biblical women and although she is Jesus' first and the longest-serving disciple and also the one who stood by him under the cross, we hardly hear her voice.

There is the simple question she asks the angel Gabriel: "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" and then comes her consent: "Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word."

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Artist's portrayal seems to contradict Gospel Story

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 31, 2011
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 6, 2011

We all know this story: five foolish maidens, who fail to bring extra oil for their festive lamps end up in darkness, locked out from the wedding feast, while the other five maidens, who were wise, refused to share their extra supplies of oil out of concern that the bridegroom would be refused entry to the wedding hall.

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Jesus' love heals the dark night of the soul

Maria Kozakiewicz

October 3, 2011
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 9, 2011

I still remember my first reading of the famous Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."

I stumbled upon this text while browsing through the rich library of my priest-friend. The book of Psalms I was holding in my hands was small and tattered, with many notes and exclamation marks in the margins.

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Heartfelt forgiveness trumps vengeance

Maria Kozakiewicz

September 5, 2011
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 11, 2011

All of this Sunday's readings are about one of the most important aspects of human life, the healing of the soul through God's forgiveness and what follows as natural consequence of it — our forgiveness of others.

While we all, consciously or not, crave God's mercy and annihilation of our sins, it is not always easy to forgive the other.

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Nature is full of the love of God

Maria Kozakiewicz

July 4, 2011
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 10, 2011

Is there anything more wonderful than spring in our part of the world? If we had "eyes that see and ears that hear," we would be in the state of perpetual thanksgiving to God for all the beauty around us - the lush blooming of lilacs, the swelling buds of roses, the scent of mayday flowers that carries through whole neighbourhoods, trees robed in all shades of green.

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The Holy Spirit plants seeds in everyone

Maria Kozakiewicz

June 6, 2011
Pentecost - June 12, 2011

A couple of days ago I witnessed the Confirmation of 78 children, my two grandsons among them, in the lovely Holy Trinity Church in Spruce Grove. It was a memorable evening and the green fields around the church and the flowers growing around it were a perfect setting for the youth and a symbol for growth.

Although this was a weekday evening and many people must have had a long working day behind them, the church was packed with families and friends of the confirmed. The atmosphere was so joyous, even my own old heart was dancing.

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Seek deliverance from the valley of darkness

Maria Kozakiewicz

May 9, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Easter - May 15, 2011

The dark valley is, as everyone knows, a symbol of difficult times we all encounter sooner or later in our lives. I have yet to meet someone who managed to skip this stage, although individual valleys seem to differ in length and degree of darkness.

For some of us, the valley is an illness or some disability, for others a loss of work and status. Aging is certainly one of the valleys, and not an easy one either, what with the trembling hands, dimmed eyesight and memory that fails in the most embarrassing way.

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Trust in God's plan demands faith

Maria Kozakiewicz

April 4, 2011

Martha, Mary and Lazarus seem to have been the closest friends Jesus had on earth. "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus." First came his mother, of course, then these three.

His extended family and neighbours could not understand him, some probably thought him possessed or insane, others were simply afraid. The increasing priestly opposition was like a growing dark cloud, gradually overshadowing Jesus' teaching, dimming his miracles.

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