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5th Sunday of Easter, 2021 Year B

Posted by Christy .. on 6/07/21

My Dear People,

    “I am the true vine” says Jesus, revealing the communion between Himself and the disciples to be the inner reality of the Church.  The vine is a biblical image for Israel as the people of God-- “the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 4/20/21

My Dear People, 

Jesus declares, “I am the good shepherd” and reveals how to make this life overflowing and abundant. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  We should appreciate how startling this statement is. What shepherd would sacrifice his own life? And yet this is ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 4/20/21

My Dear People, 

Thank you for responding to the Catholic Faith Appeal. Your effort will help us meet our goal for this year.  The letters that were sent also help us clean up and update our roster at St. James. A number of you will be returning north in ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Easter Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 4/20/21

My Dear People,

John provides insight into the spiritual disposition of Jesus’ disciples as they are gathered in Jerusalem. Mary Magdalene came to Jesus’ tomb “while it was still dark” (20:1). The disciples are similarly gathered in the evening darkness, signifying the absence of Christ, the light. Moreover, the ... Read More »

Easter Sunday 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 4/20/21

My Dear People.

Happy Easter to all.

Today is indeed the greatest Christian Feast! Fulfilling the promise He made when He said He was going to rise on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. His Resurrection was the ultimate act that proved everything Jesus did and said ... Read More »

Palm Sunday, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 3/25/21

My Dear People,

Before Jesus was arrested, He was in the garden of Gethsemane, a Hebrew word which means “olive press.” The garden is on the western slope of the Mount of Olives, the same setting where Jesus had given His end times discourse (Mark 13:3-37).  Arriving there after ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 3/25/21

My Dear People,

The Gentiles, it seems, were well disposed to Judaism or in the process of converting because they came to worship at the feast (see Acts 10:1-2). They approached Philip to make a request: “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” Phillip tells Andrew, and then both ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 3/25/21

My Dear People, 

Jesus employs a biblical figure to explain how he will reveal the Father and bring us eternal healing: Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 3/02/21

Leaving Capernaum, Jesus went up to Jerusalem (2:12, 17, 22: 3:22) for the Jewish liturgical feast, the Passover. As an observant Jew, Jesus makes a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and enters the temple area. The temple, operating under the auspices of the priestly aristocracy, is the most important institution and ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B, 2021

Posted by Christy .. on 3/02/21

My Dear People, 

The Transfiguration, the opening event in the second half of Mark’s Gospel, is a revelatory event like Jesus’ baptism that sheds its radiant light on the foretold journey to the cross. Coming right after the announcement of the Passion, it is the visible anticipation—a prophecy—of what ... Read More »