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November 13, 2018 - As Christ to You

Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin

Scripture Readings

I appreciate St. Paul and a lot of the beautiful Scripture writing attributed to him. I also find that some of his words get under my skin as a 21st century Christian woman trying, along with my husband, to pass on to our daughter and two sons the value that women and men (and all people, for that matter) are equal and are to be treated as such. Granted, in Paul’s letter to the Galatians (3:28) we have the radical-at-that-time proclamation, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ.” But today’s Letter to Titus does not demonstrate a similar equality.

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November 12, 2018 - Faith That Moves the Human Heart

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Scripture Readings

My husband and I have recently returned from a pilgrimage where we walked in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Turkey.  As we spent time visiting these places and reflecting on scripture relevant to where we were, it became obvious that St. Paul’s tremendous gift of faith and His zeal for Christ were instrumental in bringing many people (and nations) to accepting Jesus as the Son of God and the source of their salvation.  Although he preached in many places with eloquent words, St. Paul practiced his faith through the way he lived, and he called others to do the same.

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November 11, 2018 - The Invitation to be Poor

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

There are two stories in today’s reading and they both involve poor widows. In the first story, Elijah, as he flees from his murderous enemies, seeks refuge with a poor widow. The story tells us that she and her son had only and handful of flour and a little oil left. They were desperately poor. The second story tells us about Jesus’ admiration of a poor widow who “from her poverty” (Mk 12:44), put in two small coins into the treasury. The two coins were all she had. These two thought-provoking stories. 

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November 10, 2018 - Indebted

Memorial of Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Scripture Readings

I serve two masters. The Lord clearly warns me not to in today's Gospel, but the reality is that I do. I'm not sure I would say my second master is mammon, but it is my past decisions with money. I've become more and more convicted of this fact as I've reflected on how the Bible handles the issue of money. We recently ran Financial Peace University at Immaculate Conception and through reflections on my life and that program I've seen how I serve to masters. I'm indebted to two masters.

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November 9, 2018 - Foundation of Zeal

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Scripture Readings

We know Jesus got angry because of what we hear in today’s gospel as he formed a whip and drove of the money changers.  More often than not when I hear this story the focus seems drawn to the anger.  Especially in that people use it to justify their own anger.  Certainly Jesus’ actions reflect an anger that we should name as righteous.  Or as the scripture points out the action of driving out the money changers came out of a zeal that consumed Jesus.  Jesus’ desire was that disruption of the marketplace be removed from the temple.  Jesus still desires that everything within each of us, that leads us away from deeply practicing our faith, must be driven out.

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