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August 18, 2018 - All for Joy, All for Christ

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Sometimes it feels like “sorry” is a really sorry word.  When there is something that I have done wrong, I know I can feel sorry.  That makes it a feeling.  Something that can be fleeting and utterly subjective.  I can say sorry.  That makes it a word that can be said without substance.  And sometimes I can just be sorry.  Making it a state of being.  But in the moments when I’m regretting a choice of words, an action, or an inaction, sorry can just seem so insufficient.  I think that is because it seems difficult to act sorry.  This is where repentance comes into the picture.

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August 17, 2018 - Eternal Vows

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

When I teach my undergraduate Christian Marriage course, I always have students asking why the Catholic Church prohibits divorce - and what's up with annulment anyway?  Isn't it just a Catholic form of divorce? Today's scriptures point toward some of the whys and the complexities of Catholic teaching about marriage and divorce.

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August 16, 2018 - Taking Off the Cloak of Unforgiving

Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Each time we pray the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father…”), which is at least each Sunday at mass, perhaps more often if we pray it on our own or with our children during the week, we are asking God to “forgive us our trespasses (or debts) as we forgive those who trespass against us (our debtors).” (taken from Matthew 6:12)  Today’s gospel reading (Matthew 18: 21-19:1) is about just that.  The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant is a somewhat jarring parable intended to bring home Jesus’ important message of forgiveness. 

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August 15, 2018 - Mary, Untier of Knots and the Mercy of God

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass during the Day

Scripture Readings

On this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can sing with our Holy Mother “…He has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.” (Lk 1:54-55) Mary sings in gratitude and praise for the long awaited Messiah and, on this day, we sing in gratitude and praise for the gift of Mary as well. Though we can never fully comprehend the depth of God’s mercy for us, God’s gift to us in the Blessed Mother is a most splendid expression of the vastness of this mercy. 

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August 14, As Sweet As Honey in Our Mouths

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

Scripture Readings

You just have to love the disciples in the text from Matthew today. There they are—the guys who have Jesus’s ear, the inside circle of witnesses to his ministry, the ones among all others he often selects to share a special teaching—and they ask Jesus to tell them who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. Of course, I can’t say this with anything like certainty, but I have to believe that they were expecting him to say that they are. I mean, they are his disciples! I wish I could have seen the looks on their faces when, in answer to their question, Jesus calls a child over and tells them that unless they—the disciples—become like children they will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.

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