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On Suffering


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Run Time: approximately 10 minutes. Gospel: Mk 1:29-39.

We’ve come into this life, and we go through this life for the sake of each other. Even in the depths of our worst sorrows to know that it’s not just me, it’s not just mine. Just as surely as another’s aren’t just theirs and I should heed God’s call to be of comfort and consolation to one who suffers – but also in the midst of my own suffering – to know I’m not the first and I won’t be the last. And most especially there’s one who was there before I got there. There was one who took the suffering of the world upon Himself. Who was the most despised of men. Scorned and outcast. Who, for love of us, poured Himself out so that none in their suffering might be alone…

The Purpose of Suffering


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Run Time: approximately 13 and a half minutes. Gospel: Mt 16:21-27.

… can we speak of the meaning and the purpose and the truth of suffering in this world? I think any proposed gospel that sort of dances around suffering is worse than useless – and it is not of Christ.

The Hand of God at Work


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Run Time: approximately 11 minutes.

Gospel: Lk 24:13-35.

The day that these disciples go out is the day of the resurrection, that Easter day. Although they are not fully aware of it. They go out still seeing only the cross and not comprehending what has been told to them. They’ve gotten the news of the empty tomb, they say as much to Jesus … but they still don’t quite see it. All they see is the suffering and the pain and the defeat of the cross. They do not yet see the resurrection. And so they go out from the very place of grace – from Jerusalem … because all they see there is suffering and sorrow and hardship. They don’t see the hand of God at work.

On Palm Sunday, just a couple of weeks ago, in Egypt. Several Christian churches were attacked by bombers and gunmen killing dozens of Christians and maiming scores more as they gathered to begin the most solemn week of the Christian year. And the pictures that came to us of the blood strewn pews, the defaced churches, were shaking indeed. But what has happened since is all the more remarkable. Where the onlookers saw devastation, where the witness of the world was to the horrors of humanity and the atrocities we visit upon each other. The Christians of that place saw the cross of Christ and rejoiced. They responded in forgiveness, and in more energetic proclamation of the Gospel and of Christ risen from the dead. They did not just see the broken buildings and lost lives. They saw in the blood of Christians sharing in the blood of Christ the hand of God at work. What an incredible thing.

Jesus, the Perfect Offering

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Epistle: Heb 9: 11-15.
Gospel: Jn 8: 46-59.


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Run Time: approximately 3 minutes.

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Run Time: approximately 8 and a half minutes.

St. Paul says … that it was rather that [Jesus] emptied Himself and was humbled to accept even death, death on the cross – and because of this He is highly exalted in God, and given a name above every other name.

In our meditation upon the cross of Christ that begins this week, that brings us to His triumphal entry in Jerusalem, to the exaltation of the crowds, and to the sorrow and tragedy of His passion, that brings us to the feet of the cross, and in that surrender of His very life – the victory over sin and death. We rejoice that it is the very offering of God that is made on our behalf to the infinite God…

Lord, If You Had Been Here

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Run Time: approximately 5 minutes.

Gospel: Jn 11:1-45.

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Run Time: approximately 17 minutes.

“I think in any suffering the lesson of the trust in God’s Providence and God’s timing, to accept that this may have come to me for some greater purpose. That God may have something more at work in this, even if only… if only to call me to a deeper appreciation and dependence upon His providential care.”

On Temptations

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Run Time: approximately 2 and a half minutes.

Epistle: 2 Cor. 6: 1-10. Gospel: Mt 4: 1-11.

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Run Time: approximately 16 minutes.

The Tract Father mentioned is Ps 90: 1-7,11-16.

The Parable of the Sower

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Epistle: 2 Cor 11:19-33; 12:1-9
Gospel: Lk 8: 4-15

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Run Time: approximately 5 1/2 minutes.

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Run Time: approximately 12 1/2 minutes.

Not My Problem

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Run Time: 0:12:15. Gospel: Lk 16: 19-31.

Ancient communities torn apart. Blood spilled and houses burned. What have we done? How do we help? ‘It’s not my problem.’ Let alone at our own doorstep! A million or so that are killed every year before they breath their first breath, that are taken in what should be a place of sanctuary and innocence. Those taken in a legally sanctioned work of abortion every year. ‘Oh Father’s going to get political.’ That this has become a political thing is the shame of our nation. That as a people we cannot say in polite company: ‘the direct and intentional taking of an innocent human life is never acceptable,’ is disgraceful and if we stay silent on it the shame and disgrace is ours.

God Made Us for Community

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Run Time: 0:13:29. 1st Reading: 2 Sm 12:7-10, 13.

I knew two of the men who were killed this week. They were very active at St. Thomas More Parish … and they were both men who spent a great deal of time concerned about the suffering of others. A great deal of time concerned about the sorrows and hardships that came to others. As a matter – yes of justice – but also of compassion, and chose to give of their time and of their efforts and to take upon themselves some measure of another’s suffering. You see there is another way that this comes about, that good men suffer for the sake of the choices of others. If this were not a possibility there would be no compassion. There would be no such self-sacrificing love. That God permits this horrible thing for the fact that there might be this incredible and beautiful thing.