St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

1st Sunday of Advent, A16

The craziness of Black Friday (which has been going for at least three weeks with pre-Black Friday sales) and tomorrow’s Cyber Monday, the endless catalogues and inserts in our daily paper, and the non-stop advertising on TV, radio, and billboards, all pound into our consciousness what the commercial Christmas should look like. But rather than waiting for a deluge of gifts delivered by Santa Claus or relatives, what Christian believers are waiting for and anticipating is something very different.

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 2016

I have to congratulate the Chicago Cubs fans for finally breaking the curse of the goat and all the failures in the World Series since 1908. Of course they had to have some help of former Red Sox players: Jon Lester and David Ross; and most importantly Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.

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When I was Director of the Office of Ministry Enrichment, I attended a 4 day conference at which Cardinal McCarrick, retired Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., preaching  at one of the Masses said: “God takes care of us. Our call is to take care of each other.” Today’s parable and the reading from Amos are perfect illustrations of that charge.

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 16

It’s no accident that Luke includes two of Jesus’ parables on squandering resources back to back: the prodigal son and the dishonest steward. In one case the son came to his senses and returned to his father, thinking about how even the servants had enough to eat while he was starving. In the other, the steward devised a plan by which he would be welcomed by others to their homes and be able to be fed.

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On the last Monday of June, I discovered I couldn’t find my credit card. A feeling a panic set in. I searched everywhere in the rectory, opening every drawer, not once but multiple times. I looked underneath cushions, checked my jacket pockets, and even dove through the waste baskets and sorted the laundry. All to no avail.

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