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A Word #188| Fifth Sunday of Lent| March 18, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/15/18

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

 

Maybe you have seen those bumper stickers: “Keep Portland Weird.” Although it may not be the ... Read More »

A Word #187| Fourth Sunday of Lent| March 11, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/08/18

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”

 

We have all heard the expression: “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” meaning, it is impossible to get anything for nothing. Although the exact origins of this phrase is unknown, there is some ... Read More »

A Word #186| Third Sunday of Lent| March 4, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/01/18

His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.

 

What does it mean to be zealous? I think most people will associate zeal with religious or cultic fanaticism or extremism. Yes, current events and history have provided disturbing and tragic examples of the ... Read More »

A Word #184| First Sunday of Lent| February 18, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/15/18

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

 

The ashes may now be erased from our foreheads but the command to “repent and believe in the Gospel” continues. ... Read More »

A Word #183| Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 11, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/08/18

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, "If you wish, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, He stretched out His hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean."

 

Regrettably both lovers and fools will be ... Read More »

A Word #182| Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 4, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/01/18

He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

 

A brother priest asked me yesterday if turning forty would be harder than turning thirty. I jokingly said that turning thirty was far worse since I feel better prepared ... Read More »

A Word #181| Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 28, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/25/18

All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority.

He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

 

It appears more than ever that there are many voices and outlets competing ... Read More »

A Word #180| 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 21, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/18/18

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: "This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

 

One item on my so-called bucket list is to do the Camino. For those who ... Read More »

A Word #179| 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 14, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/11/18

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,

"Behold, the Lamb of God." The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

 

Not too long ago, whenever someone said anything about a vocation it usually referred to the ... Read More »

A Word #178| The Epiphany of the Lord| January 7, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/04/18

“And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.”

For many people, Christmas ... Read More »