March 29, 2017
The Prodigal Son, also known as The Parable of the Lost Son. Either way it's a very familiar story about one son wandering off becoming lost, admitting his mistakes, being forgiven - maybe even getting saved? And a second son staying home living righteously, until jealousy leads him astray - maybe even getting lost?
I guess almost everyone gets to travel both directions: saved, lost, a little saved, a lot lost; back and forth; taking turns.
March 15, 2017
In the wonderful film LION, SAROO a five year old Indian boy, is told by his older brother, to stay on a bench at a train station until he returns. Once the older brother is gone for awhile, Saroo strays on to a empty train, falls asleep and ends up in thousands of miles from his home in Calcutta Lost and unable to get back home. This would have consequences for this little boy for the rest of his life. He was LOST to his family.
Woman at the Well
Third Sunday Lent, Year A
The Israelites had been mired in Egyptian captivity for so long nobody could remember anything else. Moses, then, inspired by God, had a vision of the Promised Land . . . a land flowing with milk and honey. A place where God’s covenant with the People can flourish and live on forever. And Moses convinced them to strike out across the desert in search of this Promised Land, a whole new paradigm.
Mountain Top Experience
2nd Sunday of Lent
Sr. Phyllis Jaszkowiak
In the story of the transfiguration, Jesus’ mountaintop experience of God, Jesus spends time with God, with Moses and Elijah, Prophets and Wisdom figures, and then comes down the mountain. In this experience God says, “This is my beloved Son. LISTEN TO HIM.” We are invited, commanded really, to listen to Jesus, to his words, his teachings, his ways of acting, his very life. We are to develop an intimate relationship with him, with God. This loving encounter changes our hearts.
by Margaret Retz
March 8, 2017
The parable of the Good Samaritan was one of those favorite stories that I heard many times in church and in “Catechism” class growing up in the 1950's. All of us kids knew the story and who the hero was and why the other characters were not! We knew all about being good citizens. Being kind to others was expected behavior in the small midwestern town I grew up in. Life was simple and we all knew the rules.