Browsing the March 2015 archive of Father Tony's Writings

Die and Live, Like a Grain of Wheat

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Jeremiah 31: 31-34; Hebrews 5: 7-9; John 12: 20-33 Die and Live, Like a Grain of Wheat

Spring is in the air and Easter is coming, and we can tell by our gospel reading as well. The pilgrims are already going up to Jerusalem for the Jewish feast of ... Read More »

A Nighttime Conversation

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

  Gospel Reflection, 4th Sunday of Lent, Year B

2 Chronicles 36: 14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2: 4-10; John 3: 14-21 A Nighttime Conversation

Many conversations can be carried on better at night when it is quiet. Then we can sometimes manage to put into words things that are really ... Read More »

Zeal for Your House Will Consume Me

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Gospel Reflection, 3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B

Exodus 20: 1-17; 1 Corinthians 1: 22-25; John 2: 13-25 Zeal for Your House Will Consume Me

When I think about Jesus overturning the money changers in the Temple, I ask myself some very serious questions. If we know that this ... Read More »

We will Use Altar Bells at Mass

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

After quite a few of you have consistently expressed a desire to use altar bells at Mass over the time that I have been here, I have decided that, beginning with the Masses on Saturday and Sunday, March 7th and 8th, that we ... Read More »

The Kingdom of God Is at Hand

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Gospel Reflection, 1st Sunday of Lent, Year B

Genesis 9: 8-15; 1 Peter 3: 18-22; Mark 1: 12-15 The Kingdom of God Is at Hand

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered ... Read More »

If You Wish, You Can Make Me Clean

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Gospel Reflection, 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Levitcus 13: 1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31 – 11:1; Mark 1: 40-45 If You Wish, You Can Make Me Clean

In Jesus’ time people suffering from leprosy were totally excluded. They were not allowed to touch anyone and lived outside ... Read More »

Jesus Is Alive With His Healing Touch and Words Today

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Gospel Reflection, 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Job 7: 1-4, 6-7; 1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-23; Mark 1: 29-39 Jesus Is Alive With His Healing Touch and Words Today

When you go to the Holy Land, you can visit Capernaum. On the shore of the Sea of ... Read More »

The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Gospel Reflection, 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20 The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

Dark clouds overshadow the beginning. John the Baptist had been thrown into prison by King Herod, the tyrant. Yet, Jesus cried out, ... Read More »

We are One Family Under God

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Pursuing Life, Liberty, and Happiness While Recognizing Obligations The Church’s perspective on immigration is rooted in her teaching that every human person is created in God’s image and has God given dignity, rights, and duties. America’s founders properly understood that human rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of ... Read More »

Why was Jesus Baptized?

Posted by Ashley Mazurek on 3/25/15

Why was Jesus baptized? This is a good question. With the event of his own baptism, Jesus stepped out of his hidden life into the light of public life. Yet, even John the Baptist stood and questioned him saying that Jesus should baptize him and not the other way ... Read More »