Fr. Joe Nassal: December 19, 2021-Advent 4c

Overwhelmed with Joy

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Fr. Joe Nassal: December 12, 2021-Advent 3c

Try a Little Kindness

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Fr. Joe Nassal: November 21, 2021-Christ the King 34b

Cross and Crown

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Fr. Joe Nassal: November 14, 2021-Week 33b

Stars

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Fr. Joe Nassal: November 7, 2021-Week 32b

Mighty Mite

On first glance, it appears Jesus is extolling the generosity of the poor widow who puts two small coins in the collection basket as he raises her up as an example of missionary disciple. But in the context of Sunday’s gospel, Jesus sees this scene as an abuse of power on the part of the religious leadership of his day who are exploiting the poor and extorting the poor woman of her life’s savings. What is often perceived as a simple story of generosity is really a stinging indictment of the economic imbalance where the rich can give without pain from the surplus while the poor give all they have to keep up the temple. And the religious leadership, caretakers of the Temple, are roundly condemned for their long-winded prayers as they prey upon the piety of the poor.
 
 

Fr. Joe Nassal: Feast of All Souls 2021

The Souls of the Just

The voices and souls of those we have loved and those who have loved us reach out across the miles. Our prayers connect us with them, bending an ear, lending a hand, trusting they are now enjoying the banquet of love. On the Feast of All Souls and throughout this month of November, we remember those who have died to keep their spirit alive. We remember them because we believe in life. We remember all the souls that still survive in our minds and memories. Souls that taught, nurtured, challenged, and comforted. Our souls are forever linked with theirs and this connection fosters life. Eternal rest grant undo them, O God!