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Word Made Flesh

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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Love compels you to forgive sins

Ralph Himsl

April 25, 2011
Second Sunday in Easter — May 1, 2011

An age ago or perhaps even more than two, in the faraway city of Saskatoon, gleaming so brightly as it seemed on the Prairies, I sat in an audience transfixed by the speaker, James Mahoney, then bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon.

Memory tells me that he spoke on the "three things that last" from 1 Corinthians 13.13, the justly famous faith, hope and love. He spoke for 35 minutes with insight, good sense and humour, without a glance at a note.

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Easter brings a sunrise of hope and joy

John Connelly

 

April 18, 2011
Easter — April 24, 2011

When I think of Easter I think of a sunrise. A sunrise like no other. Light, happiness, peace. Joy that fills our entire being. A hope that will never fade. A new beginning for all who desire truth, justice and love to reign.

We Christians need to meditate on Easter and its meaning for our lives today. It is the great miracle of re-creation. The song that brings life to the world. The moment when the veil of human sorrow is lifted from our hearts.

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God gives opportunities for surrender, obedience

April 11, 2011

One of the realities that Passion Week points to is the depth of love that motivated Jesus to, as Paul tells us, empty himself of his God form "taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness." In that human form he humbled himself and became obedient, to the Father, even to death on a cross.

I find it difficult to grasp that reality because the radical difference between the nature of God and the nature of the human person makes it hard to comprehend the degree of gift that is inherent in Jesus' action.

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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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Blind man has personal epiphany

Ralph Himsl

March 28, 2011

If we confine our acquaintance with the Gospels to the readings set out for the Masses, we run a risk of missing an interesting something, namely the difference in the writing style of the evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

By way of example: Reading the complete Gospel of Luke and that of John makes the point. Luke's Gospels, often so spare in their details can occasionally read like a police report, like a response to Sgt. Joe Friday's challenge to witnesses in Dragnet, that TV series of long ago. "All we want are the facts," he would growl.

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God's spiritual food may be bittersweet

John Connelly

 

March 21, 2011

In this week's Gospel, Jesus says of himself, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work."

Jesus came to do the will of his Father. This was the spiritual food that he ate. His entire life was dedicated to this purpose.

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Get up and be not afraid

Kathleen Giffin

March 14, 2011

Every Lent, on the Second Sunday, we hear a Gospel reading of the Transfiguration, the revelation to the disciples of the divinity of Jesus. Each of the three Scriptural accounts contain the same basic elements - the three disciples climb the mountain with Jesus who is transfigured before them; Moses and Elijah appear; and they hear the voice of the Father telling them: "This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!"

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Lent — a time to pause, pray, praise

Maria Kozakiewicz

March 7, 2011

In my memories, Lent has always been associated with early spring and penance. On one side, you have the end of partying and fun, which are replaced with fasts, solemn songs in church, as well as various voluntary deprivations. On the other, you begin to feel the promise of spring in the air. more . . .

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Abide by God’s will in all that you do

Ralph Himsl

February 28, 2011

The readings for this Sunday's Mass led me once more to a realization that I might have thought had long since found a secure place in my mind. I mean the understanding that biblical texts require an approach unlike that used by a reader of novels or history. Biblical texts want thought and meditation. Quick perusal with the smug satisfaction of a duty done and a dismissive "Well, that's it then," will not do. more . . .

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