Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The beatitude we are promised, confronts us with decisive moral choices. It invites us to purify our hearts of bad instincts and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement – however beneficial it may be” To be “blessed” (from the Latin beatus) means to be happy,

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Opportunities for prayers and actions

 

This week, many in our nation celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King who spoke out and marched against the evils of bigotry and hatred. Also, a week from today recognition is given to the 43rd ominous anniversary of Roe vs. Wade supporting abortion—but a denial of rights of the unborn in the womb. Next Sat. we will have the walk for life in SF information for signup and buses in the blt.

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Christ the King

Jesus asks of you and me –to be real and intimate and truthfully open to His love—not submission in a sense of worshipping some king on a throne—He shows us His vulnerability the throne of His cross. Instead of a vengeful warrior king to overcome all ills we are given the cross as a throne for God who came, suffered and died for us. That is the paradox; real hope that comes to us in the kingdom of Jesus—is contrary to human-made kingdoms.

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Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time

I pray that each of you embrace God’s great love for us described in Book of Wisdom today and roughly dated to 2300 years ago:

“God, you have mercy on all, because you can do all things; and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent. For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned. And how could a thing remain,

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At the time of our gospel, tax collectors were not honest government employees. Although Jewish, they sold their services to the occupying Romans. Tax collectors were viewed by many Jews as traitors and thieves. There were no controls or checks placed on the tax collectors as they demanded far more than the rate paid to Rome. With the help of Roman soldiers standing behind their tables, the collectors could take whatever sum of money they wanted from the people and paid the Roman government a set percentage.

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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer;

We’re not informing God about anything

 

 

From Exodus we hear:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work.
Paul was Timothy’s mentor for ministry.

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Twenty-Eighth Sunday In Ordinary TIme

 

Healing: gratitude and faith

 

Of course it is natural that we seem to be much more conscious of death the older we get. Publisher/editor and Pulitzer author Norman Cousins wrote: Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. In a sense our gospel for this Sunday relates a way of being the living dead.

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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I can tell I’m getting older—I’m starting to repeat stories, but after over 28 years of preaching and writing reflections, some stories bear repeating, especially since at times we can tend to keep our heads in the sand or blinders on about certain matters around excessive binges.

A Dominican friend tells about meeting with another Dominican that had just returned to the US after serving in missions for more than ten years where he worked and lived with those who suffer extreme poverty in Central America.

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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Most of us can relate to Jesus statement about the incompatibility of serving God and being a slave to riches. Dishonest wealth: literally, “mammon of iniquity-heinousness.” Mammon is the Greek transliteration of a Hebrew or Aramaic word that is usually explained as meaning “that in which one trusts.” The characterization of this wealth as dishonest expresses a tendency of greed that can lead one to dishonesty. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,

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Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

A walk with Him…

The beautiful passage from Sirach bears repeating:

My child, conduct your affairs with humility, and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts. Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God.  What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not.

Then we are exhorted by the Letter to the Hebrews to live as one in Christ Jesus.

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