The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH (MEMORIAL)   The man called his wife Eve, because she became the mother of all the living.    Any guesses why the first reading today (Genesis 3:9 – 15, 20), on the feast of Mary, Mother of the Church, is the story of the fall of Adam and Eve?   It all goes back to the Church’s ancient portrayal of Mary as the new Eve.   For instance, the second-century bishop St. Irenaeus wrote that the knot of...

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Without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God

7TH WEEK OF EASTER   Without hindrance he proclaimed the Kingdom of God.   Paul was under house arrest.   As he awaited his trial in Rome, he lived by himself with a soldier guarding him, and people continued to visit him (Acts 28:16).   “Without hindrance,” Luke tells us, he “proclaimed the Kingdom of God” (28:31). Paul’s example of sharing the gospel in such challenging conditions tells us that no matter what our circumstances, God still...

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They had some issues with . . . a certain Jesus who had died

7TH WEEK OF EASTER   They had some issues with . . . a certain Jesus who had died but who Paul claimed was alive.    If someone “can’t see the forest for the trees,” it means they are so involved in the details of a problem that they have lost sight of the situation as a whole.   Well, if anyone had reason to get caught up in the “trees” of a situation, it was Paul.   He had been accused by some of the Jewish leaders of stirring up riots and...

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I pray . . . that they may all be one.

7TH WEEK OF EASTER   I pray . . . that they may all be one.   Imagine yourself in that upper room with Jesus.   He knows he will not be in this world much longer.   He knows the pressures his disciples will face in his absence.   As he looks around the room, he sees Simon the Zealot and Matthew the tax collector.   Would they be able to stay united once he was gone?   Even the brothers James and John, or Peter and Andrew, might go separate...

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Father, keep them in your name

SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY, BISHOP (OPTIONAL MEMORIAL)   Father, keep them in your name.   What would you pray for if you were facing a painful death?   Strength?   Peace?   The grace to endure it faithfully?   Jesus prayed for his friends.   He was concerned for what he had begun in their hearts.   He wanted it to continue and bear fruit until the day they were reunited with him. Guess what? Jesus included us in his prayer.   He included...

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I served the Lord with all humility

SAINT PHILIP NERI, PRIEST (MEMORIAL)   I served the Lord with all humility.   Summarizing some of the main points of his life and ministry among them, St. Paul gave this farewell address to the elders of Ephesus.   Since he knew that they would not see him again, it was to be something like his final legacy. Have you ever thought about what kind of legacy you would like to leave?   For which accomplishments in your life, or for which character...

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