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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/27/2016

1st Sunday of Advent, Year A November 27, 2016 Matthew 24:37-44 Such an ominous-sounding Gospel today, huh? The people in Noah’s day were living life one minute when the flood swept them away the next minute. People working in the field or at the mill will be taken into heaven, and some will be left .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/20/2016

Feast of Christ the King November 20, 2016 Luke 23:35-43 A bunch of bullies surrounds Jesus in today’s Gospel. As Jesus hangs, dying on the cross, we hear, “You saved everyone else. Save yourself!” “Some king you are!” “You’re the chosen one? Yeah, right!” Even the criminal being crucified next to Jesus heckles him: “Aren’t .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 11/13/2016

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C November 13, 2016 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 No two ways about it: you gotta love a passionate man. In this case, it’s St. Paul. He doesn’t do anything half-way. One hundred and ten percent, baby, all day, every day. And he is fuming at the Christians of Thessalonica in .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 10/30/2016

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C October 30, 2016 Luke 19:1-10   How do you feel about the IRS? According to the Pew Research Center, 48-percent of Americans do not have a favorable view of the Internal (Infernal?) Revenue Service. The IRS and I are tight. They just love me. They send me letters .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 10/23/2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time,  Year C October 23, 2016 Luke 18:9-14   St. Luke’s Gospel today describes the demeanor of two men praying in the temple: a haughty Pharisee and a humble tax collector. The Pharisee tells God how wonderful he is by tithing the correct amount, fasting twice each week, by not being .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 10/09/2016

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C October 9, 2016 2 Kings 5:14-17 You’re getting only the end of the Naaman story from today’s first reading. How about you read the whole fifth chapter of 2 Kings? It’s one of my favorites, and it’s only about a page long. But, spoiler alert! Here’s the backstory. .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 10/2/2016

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C October 2, 2016 Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4 Was there ever a time in your life when you felt like God hated you? That every fervent prayer you made was ignored? That nothing was going right, that you were on an unstoppable downward trajectory, hopeless, depressed, unloved, and unlovable? I’ve .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 09/04/2016

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C September 4, 2016 Philemon 9-10, 12-17   With only 25 verses, Paul’s letter to Philemon would take you only minutes to read. It is the only letter written to an individual, and it’s an interesting, passionate, personal plea for a slave’s life…an appeal for mercy. Philemon is a .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 08/07/2016

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C August 7, 2016 Luke 12:32-48   Jesus closes today’s reading with: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” Every month, the Lewis County Christian Alliance meets at a different church in the area. .. read more

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UpFront with Mary Hendricks, 07/31/2016

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 31, 2016 Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23 The Urban Dictionary definition of “selfie” is: “The beginning of the end of intelligent civilization.” Selfies were taken as far back as 1839 when Robert Cornelius uncovered the lens of his camera, ran around to the front of it, stood there for a minute, .. read more

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