Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Father’s Letter: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

It has been since February 26 (almost four months ago) that we celebrated a Sunday of Ordinary Time.  After the Lent, the  Easter, and the special Sunday solemnities over the past few weeks, we now return to “Ordinary Time.”  And yet, notice the color of this season.  It’s green.  Green is the sign of life—what we see in nature during Spring and Summer.  So “Ordinary Time” is not just some season to get through before we celebrate something more special, it’s a very unique season.  It’s a season of joy itself.  And even though these Sundays are called “Sundays of  Ordinary Time,” we should remember that every Sunday is a “little Easter,” and there’s nothing “ordinary” about that!

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Father’s Letter: Corpus Christi

Dear Friends:

In some ways, we could describe today’s Solemnity as an ultimate celebration of who we are as Catholic Christians.  The Solemnity of Corpus Christi… the celebration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is important because the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith.  I fear that sometimes we become “lax” in our faith because we take the Holy Eucharist for granted.  We become “used to” receiving Holy Communion.  We forget about the actual Presence – Body, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Christ in the Tabernacle.  Please God, one day we will see Him face to face.  What if that day was today?  What if we were to be presented before the Throne of God at this very moment?  The reality is – we are.  When we enter the church, we are entering “sacred space” with Jesus right in front of us.  If we remember that, what does that mean for us?  That’s something to think about!

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Father’s Letter: Holy Trinity

Dear Friends:

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  After having celebrated Pentecost, it makes sense to have a celebration that recognizes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… one God in three Persons.  This Solemnity has been celebrated for centuries, but in 1911 it was made standard for the Sunday after Pentecost.  In some ways, this a big “mystery” in our faith… one God in three persons.  In fact, this is one of the “challenges” of our faith against some denominations.  Some see this as being our worship of “three Gods” when, in fact, we don’t believe that.  We believe in one God in three “persons” and their relationship is so intimate they are one God.

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Father’s Letter: Ascension of the Lord

Dear Friends:

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. “…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” These words begin the book of the Acts of the Apostles in the Scriptures. That makes sense, since we know that the Acts of the Apostles is the book that gives us a glimpse of what happened after Jesus rose from the dead and returned to his Father. Now it was time to “carry out” the words that Jesus commanded. I especially point out the words “…this Jesus…will return in the same way you have seen going into heaven.” A good reflection for us to ask this question: If Jesus returned at this very moment, would we be ready? Would we want him to see what we are doing? But part of the good news is that we can always do what we can to make sure we are always ready!

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Father’s Letter: 6th Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends:

In the Second Reading today, Saint Peter gives us pretty clear instructions that are applicable to us all.  I invite us all to find and read or re-read this passage.  There is so much there we can relate to.  For example, Peter tells us “… it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.”  Sometimes doing the right thing hurts… but the end result will be worth the pain!  It’s likely none of us will ever suffer like Christ did for us, but just as he did “the right thing” so should we!

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