Do Something Different, Do Something New

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

lst Reading Acts 6:8-15; 2nd Reading Rev 5:11-14; Gospel John 21:1-19

The Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter is wonderful, all of it. But let’s focus on one line in particular. The disciples had spent the whole night fishing, to no avail. At dawn they saw a man standing on shore. Although they didn’t recognize the man as Jesus, they did what he advised them: “Cast the net on the other side of the boat.” They caught more fish than they could easily drag to shore.

What did Jesus really tell them? What is he telling us? To “do something new.” (Isaiah 43:19) Continue Reading

Nothing Ordinary Here!

Now that Pentecost is over, we have returned to Ordinary Time in the cycle of the Church.  Nothing is ordinary about it, however.  We travel with Jesus as he begins his public ministry of healing, forgiving and preaching the Kingdom of God.  On Pentecost he blesses his disciples with the Spirit that will continue to guide them in their carrying on the ministry of Jesus.  Like Jesus, his disciples are in for a rough time of it. Continue Reading

How Sisters Witness, Belong to, Become Christ

By Sr. Phyllis McMurray, OSB

On the eve of the Feast Day of St. Scholastica, St. Benedict’s sister and our founder, let’s turn to the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians. We hear: “’Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.’  For it is not the one who recommends the self who is approved, but the one whom the Lord recommends.”

We did not choose God, God chose us.  What is it that God asks of us?  What was it that St. Scholastica asked of her sisters?  Continue Reading

Blessed are … You!

Jesus tells us, Blessed are the poor in spirit, they who mourn, the meek, those who hunger & thirst for righteousness, the merciful, clean of heart, peacemakers. What does Jesus  have to say about the money maker, the clothes horse, the bar hopper, the party girl, the vacation dreamer? Is there any chance that she will be blessed, any chance at all that there is a “Reward great in heaven” for her? Do we all have to be “persecuted like the prophets before we get to heaven”?

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The Call to Become a Light to the Nations

By Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB

Last Sunday’s reading (Is.49:3,5-6) spoke of being called to be a servant. It is the call of every baptized Christian!

In intimate terms God speaks of forming Isaiah and us as  servants, as “a light to the nations…to announce salvation to the ends of the earth,” to share the unfathomable riches of God’s love.
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