“Doubting Thomas (John 20: 19-31)” by Fr. Jim Willig and “Divine Mercy Sunday” by Fr. Michael Sparough

This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and the Gospel is from John. This Scripture describes the time following the Resurrection when Jesus appeared to His Apostles in the upper room. Thomas was not present at this time.

When Thomas returned, the other disciples told him about Jesus’ appearance. Thomas did not believe them and made the statement, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”

When Jesus returned and invited Thomas to do as he had stated, Thomas believed. Jesus then said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

Fr. Jim Willig gives a very emotional homily based on the life of another Tommy. Fr. Jim feels his own mortality as he shares this heartfelt story.

Fr. Michael Sparough not only reads the Gospel for us, but he also shares Pope Francis’ homily from Divine Mercy Sunday in 2014.

Just click on the arrow to listen to hear these powerful words from both of our spiritual directors:

God Bless You All!

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“Resurrection – Easter Sunday (John 20: 1-9)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Sunday is Easter! The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the ultimate Holy Day of the entire liturgical year.

Fr. Michael’s reading of this Gospel is very profound. Fr. Jim’s inspiring message is ‘right on’ and it reminds us all that “After every Good Friday, comes an Easter Sunday! Let us rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord and His gift of eternal life for all of us!

Heart to Heart prays that each of you has a very Blessed Easter!

God Bless You All!

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“A Wake Up Call (Matthew 26:14-27/66)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This is the last Sunday of Lent, and the Scripture is of the Passion of Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Fr. Jim focuses on Peter, using three specific scenes: 1) the Last Supper when Jesus told Peter that he would abandon his Master; 2) the Agony in the Garden when Peter falls asleep while praying for Jesus; and 3) Peter denies Jesus three times as Jesus proclaimed.

Just click on the arrow to hear Fr. Jim’s inspiring words comparing each of us to Peter.

God Bless You!

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“Come Alive (John 11: 1-45)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This is the fifth Sunday of Lent. The Gospel this week is from John, and it highlights the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Fr. Jim points out that John shares miracles in his Gospel to serve as signs from God. The resuscitation of Lazarus was a sign of the forthcoming death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Jim also shares the insight that we are all ‘Lazarus’ whom the Lord is calling out to live a greater life with Him.

God Bless You!

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“Cure of the Blind Man (John 9: 1-41)” by Fr. Jim Willig

On the fourth Sunday of Lent, this Gospel of John addresses the man blind from birth.  Jesus’ healing of this blind man serves as a model for all Christians in accepting Christ as our Savior and Redeemer.

The disciples raised the question, “Was this man born blind due to his own sin or the sin of his parents?” Jesus loudly refuted this thinking. “Neither his parents nor this man have sinned!” Jesus did not come to condemn the world, he came to save it!

Just click on the arrow to hear Fr. Jim’s inspiring words:

God Bless You!

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“Woman at the Well (John 4: 5-42)” by Fr. Jim Willig

On this third Sunday of Lent, the Gospel is the about the woman Jesus met at the well at high noon. The woman went to fetch water at this time when the sun was at it’s hottest in order to avoid meeting anyone else.

To her great surprise, Jesus, a Jew, asks her, a Samaritan woman, to give him a drink. From this point Jesus reveals her life and offers her everlasting water.

Just click on the arrow to hear Fr. Jim’s inspiring words:

God Bless You All!

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“Vision Statement (Luke 9: 28-36)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This is the second Sunday of Lent and the Gospel is the Transfiguration. This Gospel of Luke shares the time when Jesus went up Mount Tabor with Peter, James and John. There He transfigures in front of his beloved disciples. Moses and Elijah appeared as well.

Why these two from the Old Testament? Moses was Israel’s representative of the law, while Elijah represented the prophets. Jesus is the fulfillment of both.

Just click on the arrow to listen to Fr. Jim Willig’s inspiring words:

God Bless You All!

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“Temptation (Matthew 4: 1-11)” by Fr. Jim Willig

Lent begins today – Ash Wednesday. The Gospel of Matthew for this Sunday addresses the devil tempting Jesus as he completes his 40 days of fasting in the desert.

The devil showed up as soon as Jesus was weak from hunger and thirst, but the devil had no power over Him. Jesus stood strong in the truth of God’s Love and Word.

Fr. Jim compares the desert to a ‘training camp,’ which strengthens us to avoid the temptations in our lives. The devil shows up just when we are tired and hungry for those missing pieces in our lives. Just like Jesus, we are strengthened by God’s Love and Word, protecting us from the devil’s tempting offers.

Just click on the arrow to hear Fr. Jim’s inspiring words:

God Bless You All!

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“Almighty God vs. Almighty Dollar (Luke 16: 1-13)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Sunday’s Gospel is Matthew 6: 24-34.  Unfortunately, Fr. Jim did not complete a Gospel Study for this specific Gospel, which addresses  Jesus’ message that no one can    serve two masters.

This Gospel of Luke selected highlights this same message.  It covers the parable of the “Unjust Steward.”

Fr. Jim applies this message to present day to remind us all that money is God’s gift to us and should never be the master of our lives.

God Bless You All!

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“Tough Love (Matthew 5: 38-48)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Gospel of Matthew continues the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus teaches that there is more than what the ‘old law’ demands. Christ called all of his followers to a much greater ‘law’  in how to love, as Fr. Jim calls it ‘tough love!’

Fr. Jim explains what Jesus meant when He said, “if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well.” Jesus was not asking us to be abused by another, but rather He was asking us to show mercy instead of retaliation.

Just click on the arrow to hear Fr. Jim’s inspiring words:

God Bless You All!

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