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July 23, 2017 - Praying That We Might Pray

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I am going to begin my homily with a few sayings: “A jealous ear hears everything, and discordant grumblings are no secret” (Wis 1:10). Here is another one: “A great number of wise men is the safety of the world” (Wis 6:24). One more: “Our lifetime is the passing of a shadow; and our dying cannot be deferred because it is fixed with a seal; and not one returns” (Wis 2:5). The last one: “Age that is honorable comes not with the passing of time, not can it be measured in terms of years” (Wis 4:8). All these saying are from he book of Wisdom, the book from which our first reading is taken. 

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July 22, 2017 - A Love That Is Fierce

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

Scripture Readings 

(This reflection is based in part on the optional passage from Song of Songs for the first reading)

Today is the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdelene.  Like many of the earliest disciples, little is known about the life of Mary Magdelene. There are several enduring legends about her life after the Lord’s Ascension, but we really cannot be certain about their validity. Even the widely held notion that she was a repentant sinner is not based in historical fact. What we do know for sure is truly the most important thing. As Jesus says in the gospel, she has “loved much”.  When I try to imagine the way she loved Jesus, I think of the word “fierce”. This is strong and curious way to describe the way a person might love, but that is the word that comes to mind when I think of the way she loved him. Obvious negative connotations aside, I see the fierceness of loving as that aspect which grips and impassions and compels one toward a single focus—to become one with the beloved.  

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July 21, 2017 - Finding the Middle Ground

Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scriptture Readings

It is interesting to have today's texts side by side.  The first (Exodus 11:10-12:14) is the story of how the great feast of Passover came to be.  It is one of the most important feasts of the  year because it commemorates that God saves and protects the Israelites by leading them out of Egypt.  God makes observing the feast a kind of law: "This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with pilgrimage to the Lord, as a perpetual institution."  

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July 20, 2017 - Planning for Liberation

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

We have all seen a rescue mission on a TV show, movie, or fairy tale.  People get caught up in a dangerous spot, and they can’t get out with help from the outside.  God has similar plans for humanity.  Ever since the fall, we’ve been caught up in sin.  And, ever since the fall, God has been making plans for our liberation.  

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July 19, 2017 - Holy Ground

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Walking on holy ground is how I like to describe chaplaincy.  But indeed it is a theological statement that can undergird all ministry, and even our life as disciples.  It is in approaching a patient, a friend or a stranger with a sense of wonder and awe that we realize a sacredness in the moment.  These instances have the power to transform situations and bring about conversion for all involved.

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