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Holy Thursday Gospel reflection: An apron is a holy thing

He took a towel and tied it around his waist. (John 13:4) After my mother died we divvied up her things. One thing I wanted badly was one of her aprons. You know the kind: large bib, long strings, and at least one pocket. Now every time I don that apro…

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Daily Gospel reflections: Jesus wants us at his side

‘Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would be better for that man if he had never been born.’ Then Judas,
 his betrayer, said in reply, ‘Surely it is not I, Rabbi?’ (Matthew 26:24-25). Two awed apostles, two different endings. …

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Daily Gospel reflections: Trusting God in painful times

‘What you are going to do, do quickly.’ (John 13:27) Humans instinctively seek to preserve their lives. We marvel and give honors to persons who put their life in jeopardy to save another. Jesus steps out of the very human pattern of self-preservation,…

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Daily Gospel reflections: Give God your love

Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair. (John 12:3) Many years ago, I remember passing a florist shop and thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great to give some flowers…

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Daily Gospel reflections: God’s loving protection

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. I will multiply them and put my sanctuary among them forever. (Ezekiel 37:26) On the floor at the rear of a church in San Salvador is a plaque memorializing an ev…

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Sunday Gospel reflections: Active spectators

‘Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.’ (Matthew 26:41) We are beginning the most spiritually moving and powerful week of the Church year. To me, this week has always felt different. During the rest of the year, we are fully eng…

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Daily Gospel reflections: Finding peace in Jesus’ cross

‘Pray to the Lord to take the serpents from us.’ (Numbers 21:7) “Sister,” blurted frustrated 10-year-old Marion during language arts, “sometimes I get so mad life kinda chokes me.” Like young Marion and the Israelites, we all have personal …

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