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September 23, 2017 - Unapproachable Light

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Scripture Readings

Scripture and Tradition love to link God and light.  John discusses God as light.  The Nicene Creed identifies the divinity of Jesus through the phrase, “God from God, Light from Light.”  Also, our first reading today describes God as being in “unapproachable light.”

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September 22, 2017 - Religion: It Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means!

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today's first reading (1 Timothy 6:2c-12) emphasizes two distinct ways Christians can understand religion: as a way to gain stuff, or as a way to follow Christ.

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September 21, 2017 - September

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist

Scripture Readings

Immediately after college I was blessed to be able to do a year of service in Phoenix, AZ at a place called Maggie's Place. I've written of it a couple of times before. At Maggie's Place those of us who committed to do service committed to live our lives with those we served. Who did we serve? Pregnant women who were homeless - some were recovering drug addicts, some were prostitutes, some were victims of abuse, some suffered from mental illness - but all - every single one was a child of God.

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September 20, 2017 - The Face of Mercy

Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Scripture Readings

One of my favorite songs has a refrain, “How great is our God, sing with me, how great is our God, and all will see, How great, How great is our God.”  This hymn is reflected in our responsorial for today, “How great are the works of the Lord.”  Indeed this psalm reminds us that one of the best ways to reflect Christ is to praise God with our whole heart.  This praise can take the form of remembering all of the good things the Lord has done for us in our lives.  What are the things or people for which we are grateful right now?

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September 19, 2017 - Back From the Abyss

Tuesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

To become a widow during Jesus’ time must have been a terrifying thing. If, like most women in Jesus’ time, you had no independent income or way to make one, you were incredibly vulnerable. Perhaps your extended family would support you. But what if they couldn’t?

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