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  • Fourth Sunday Of Advent, Year A- Revised

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Dec 2, 2023

    “Overwhelmed by the Creator”

    A man shared: A friend asked me to dress as Santa to surprise her son. I went over to their house, changed into a Santa suit in the bathroom, and to the delight of the little boy, came out with a loud, “Ho, ho, ho!” After half an hour, I returned to the bathroom, changed back into my regular more

  • The Epiphany Of The Lord

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Dec 2, 2023

    We have to expect to have epiphanies.

    I saw a comic strip that said, “The Three Wise Accountants” and one of them said to Mary and Joseph just before Jesus was to be born in the manger, “If you can hold off a week, you can deduct the child on your Year One Taxes.” We hear Isaiah 60:1 in our First Reading; “Your light has come,” more

  • The Nativity Of The Lord (Christmas)- Little Owl In The Big City

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 21, 2023

    The hope of a girl and the hope of the world.

    Intro—God became a baby. Comedian Jim Gaffigan posted on Twitter, “My 4-year-old gave me handmade card for Father’s Day. Maybe for Christmas, I’ll draw him a picture of some toys.” -- Little Owl in the Big City is based on a true story that happened in 2020, of a Northern owl found hidden tucked more

  • Gaudete Sunday: The Third Sunday Of Advent--J.o.y. Is Jesus, Others, You.

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 11, 2023

    If someone suffers from depression, hearing to “rejoice always,” may spur the reaction: “I don't like being told what to feel.

    Today is Gaudete Sunday. “Rejoice (Gaudete) in the Lord always,” we hear in our Second Reading. The United States was founded to give people the right to pursue happiness; the Gospel invites people to receive the gift of joy. J.O.Y. is Jesus, Others, You. In Philippians 4, St. Paul says more

  • Second Sunday Of Advent, Year B: Advent Voices

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 11, 2023
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    Squander yourself for hope in Christ.

    A three-year-old was helping his mother unpack their nativity set. He announced each piece as he unwrapped it from the tissue paper. “Here’s the donkey!” he said. “Here’s a king,” and “Here’s a camel!” When he finally got to a one-piece tiny infant molded to his crib, he proclaimed, “Here’s baby more

  • First Sunday Of Advent, Year B: Advent Hope

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Nov 4, 2023

    Optimism is an assessment. Hope is an act.

    A man named John Hakel says his three-year-old daughter looked at a calendar and asked him, "Daddy, how many BE GOOD days until Christmas?" 1 Advent is not a penitential season; it’s a period of devout and expectant delight, yet we intuitively understand that it is not possible more

  • Christ The King, Year A- The Last Judgment "and In What I Have Failed To Do."

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Oct 28, 2023

    Missed opportunities. The King dismisses those on his left into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels because they did not do the six actions that those on the right had done.

    The story is told of a farmer who received a visit from one of his city relatives. Before dinner the farmer bowed his head and said grace. His relative jeered, "This is old-fashioned; nobody with an education prays at the table anymore. The farmer admitted the practice was old and even more

  • Thirty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A.-- Talents And Fear Based Decisions

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Oct 20, 2023

    You can teach an old dog new tricks

    Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor of the 19th century, was holding a rehearsal. As the mighty chorus rang out, accompanied by scores of instruments, the piccolo player--a little pint-sized flute--thinking perhaps that his contribution would not be missed amid so much music, stopped more

  • Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A: Ten Virgins- Bring Your Own Oil

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Oct 13, 2023

    “The trumpet, scattering its awful sound. Across the graves of all lands, Summons all before the throne. Remember, gentle Jesus, that I am the reason for your time on earth, do not cast me out on that day, When the damned are confounded, and consigned to keen flames, call me with the blessed.”

    BYOB stands for Bring Your Own Beverage. Today’s parable is about preparing for our individual and irrevocable particular judgment at death and it is always a Bring Your Own Oil affair—BYOO. [Thanks to Troy Borst for this phrase] The inevitable sleep of death overtook all ten of them, and our more

  • Thirty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A- Hypocrites

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Oct 8, 2023

    We ask for the daily grace to walk the talk.

    Have you heard the one about the priest, the minister, and the rabbi?” A rabbi and a priest were talking about the perks of each job. The priest mentioned that he gets a rectory to live in that comes with a housekeeper and a cook, all paid for by the church. The rabbi responded by asking if more

  • Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Oct 3, 2023

    Love of God and neighbor protects us from stress

    Several years ago, a radio station ran a contest. "Just for fun," they said, "when you wake up to the sound of 106 FM, call and tell us the first words you spoke when you rolled out of bed. If you're the third caller, you'll win $106." The first morning, a buoyant disc more

  • Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A--Church And State

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Sep 3, 2023

    Otherwise, politics is about "bread and circuses."

    Have you ever noticed that when you combine the two words, “THE” and “IRS,” it spells “THEIRS”? At one and the same time Jesus affirmed the rights of the state and freedom of conscience to worship and serve God. By allowing Caesar to collect taxes, Jesus opposes the Pharisees by acknowledging more

  • Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A: Marriage Supper Of The Lamb

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Sep 1, 2023

    Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfilment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness

    At the wedding rehearsal, the bride told the priest that she was nervous that she would not remember what to do during the wedding. The celebrant told her that she only needed to remember 3 things. First the aisle, because that is what you'll be walking down. Secondly, the altar because more

  • Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year A- Wicked Tenants

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Aug 26, 2023

    In one word, what do you live for?

    In 1962, when President John F. Kennedy was visiting the NASA Space center, he noticed a janitor sweeping the hallway and asked him, “What do you do around here?” To his surprise, the janitor replied, “Well, Mr. President, I’m helping to put a man on the moon.” This janitor found meaning in seeing more

  • Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time- Yes Means No And No Means Yes.

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Aug 20, 2023

    Statistically, in St. Matthew’s Gospel, words and expressions which emphasize obedience, the doing of God’s will, are among his favorite.

    Nikos Kazantzakis was a tortured Greek writer who was constantly haunted by God. He once wrote of an experience he had when he climbed Mount Athos to visit a monk at a monastery. “Father Makarios,” he said to the old monk, “I remember that in your younger days you wrestled with the devil. Do you more