Happy Easter, again!

04-28-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. David Poecking

Today we hear the boast of the apostle Thomas, "I will not believe!" Thomas prefigures all the clever fools who would follow in subsequent centuries—men who boast of their intelligence and cynicism, men who "think rather than blindly trust," men who "think for themselves," all the while ignoring the evidence before them, the compulsion of the truth.

Thomas, however, repents. When the Lord appears again among them to offer Thomas the evidence he sought, Thomas realizes his offense. He acclaims Jesus, "My Lord and my God!" Let him be an example for all of us, called to turn from our doubt to belief and trust.

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Victory and More!

04-21-2019Weekly ReflectionRev. David Poecking

Jesus won his victory on the cross: Despite torture, mockery, and malice, Jesus persevered in loving obedience to God and in loving mercy toward us. From mankind's first awakening, we failed to answer God's call to love, but at Jesus' death we at last fulfill God's purpose for us.

Jesus' victory for us is awesome, but the God goes further by raising Jesus from the dead and restoring him to his human body—glorified in divine life, beauty, and power. Follow Jesus on the way of suffering and death, and you also follow him on the way of glory and resurrection.

Jesus intends his followers to respond through life in his Church. His dying command was, "Love one another, as I have loved you." And after his resurrection, he bound his disciples to the shared life of the Church and her mission to bring his good news to the ends of the Earth.

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Holy Week

04-14-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. David Poecking

Today we celebrate Passion (Palm) Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Then:

Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, April 15-17

8:30 a.m.Mass at St. Malachy
9:30 a.m.Mass at St. Mary Help of Christians
5:30 p.m.Confessions & Adoration at Holy Trinity
6:30 p.m.Mass at Holy Trinity
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Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord

04-14-2019Weekly Reflection

Today we celebrant the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The crowds waved palm and olive branches as Jesus rode into the city on a colt. They welcomed him as royalty, so moved were their hearts in faith and trust of God. Yet, while Christ’s procession into the city is a moment of joy, the joy is fleeting as the coming days lead to the passion and death of Jesus. The central mysteries of our faith that we celebrate this week highlight for us the lengths to which God will go out of love for us. It is appropriate to ask ourselves, then, what lengths will we go to for God. As we journey On Mission for The Church Alive! it is not just our parishes that we should hope to be transformed. We should also hope that our hearts and transformed in love and service of God and others. How are we called to be ambassadors of Christ, coming in his name to share the life and light of God with everyone we meet? On Mission invites us to be representatives of Christ before others that they may know his loving work in the world today. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

Go, and From Now On Do Not Sin Any More

04-07-2019Weekly Reflection

Jesus encounter with the woman in today’s Gospel may be one of the most beautiful presented in the Scriptures. Jesus saves the woman from near certain death as the scribes and Pharisees are ready to stone her on account of her sins. Jesus stops them in their tracks as he says, “let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” More importantly, he works to transform her heart and her life through his words and actions of forgiveness, not condemnation. How encouraging it is to hear Jesus say, “neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.” Those words are not meant only for that woman, but also for us. We hear Jesus speak those words in prayer as we turn to him for strength when we know we’ve done wrong. We also hear those words from the priest in Confession as our sins are forgiven and we are sent forth, “the Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace!” As we are restored to union with God in Reconciliation, and strengthened in the unity as we deepen our relationship with him, our unity with our sisters and brothers in the Body of Christ is also renewed. This unity can only serve us well as we journey together On Mission for The Church Alive! May we be inspired not to build each other up as we build up our Church. Visit onmissionchurchalive.org to learn more and to stay informed.

The Resurrection and the Life

04-07-2019Weekly ReflectionFr. David Poecking

While most of you this Sunday will be hearing the story of the woman caught in adultery, those at the 10:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Trinity will be hearing the gospel about Lazarus. After Jesus delays his visit long enough for Lazarus to die, we twice hear the protest, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Hear the ache in the sisters’ hearts! They grieve the death of their brother. They know that Jesus—already famous for his healing miracles—could have saved Lazarus, but he didn’t. Maybe God did impressive things in times past, but when it really counts for Mary and Martha, God appears to have failed them.

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