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October 24, 2018 - The Gift of Anticipation

Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In our day, almost no one has personal servants though that was once commonplace, even in middle class America. Many households had at least one maid or a cook or a helper who stopped by a few days a week. These days, we have restaurants, cleaning agencies, daycares, and other institutions, to provide those kinds of services. These days, American workers don’t have “masters” but rather bosses and managers and managerial systems. I mention that because today’s gospel (Luke 12:39-48) definitely requires a bit of reflection and interpretation for our culture.

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October 23, 2018 - Be On Watch! Be Vigilant!

Tuesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

In the text from Luke for today, we are told that blessed are those “whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Heeding this beatitude, we are called to be on watch, ready, waiting for Jesus’ return. But what does that mean?

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October 22, 2018 - To Whom Do We Belong

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

What images come to mind when you think of 'belonging'? Is it family and friends? Social groups, neighborhood, or geographical location? Church community? We can all identify with these (and countless others) in varying degrees. However, today's Scriptures tell us, in several ways, to Whom we truly belong…and it is God.

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Oct 21, 2018 - "But It Shall Not Be So Among You!"

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

If a Christian does not look different than those who are worldly, then what is the point in being a Christian? What good does it serve to be Christian by name? To what purpose then, was the death of Jesus Christ? 

I have titled this homily, “But It shall not be so among you.” Today’s gospel reading reveals the internal power struggle among Jesus’ disciples. James and John beat the other disciples in asking Jesus if in his Glory they could sit one at his right and the other at his left. Mark tells us that when the other disciples heard this, they got indignant at James and John. Perhaps, this may have been because each of them either nurtured the same ambition or because they felt upstaged by the two brothers. Either way, Jesus’ response swift and categorical. “But it shall not be so among you” (Mk 10: 43). 

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October 20, 2018 - Straight to Business

Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

My oldest sister is a religious sister with the Nashville Dominicans.  Her state of life has humbled me, guided me, and even perplexed me.  I experienced disbelief one day as she explained how we would be communicating once she entered.  She told me that texting, phone calls, and emails were out unless it was an emergency. Instead we’d be writing letters; real, snail mail letters.  Now, I don’t write many letters.  I write emails, send text messages, and keep up with Facebook messages but don’t really write letters and unfortunately I haven't gotten much better just because she is a sister.  Then, as I read today’s first reading, I was convicted by how Paul wrote and how I write. 

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