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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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October 19, 2018 - Waiting for the Leaven to Work

Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs

Scripture Readings

Occasionally, I take the time to make bread or beer, both of which use yeast as a leaven. Leaven is mentioned in today’s Gospel (Luke 12:1-7) and the concept is important for understanding today’s scriptures, as well as for understanding our own spiritual lives.    

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October 18, 2018 - The Last Words

Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist

Scripture Readings

Many times I am privileged to pray with some of the sickest people in the hospital.  Recently, I when I went to pray I asked the patient what we they would like to pray for, they replied, pray I get to meet Jesus soon.  They said it with a smile on their face.  This person was truly at peace.  A peace that knows that they are a child of God, and that God is their savior. A peace like that was bestowed by the seventy-two disciples Jesus sent forth ahead of him.  Disciples that were sent forth to proclaim the Kingdom.

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October 17, 2018 - Forgetting Things on the List

Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr

Scripture Readings

I do the grocery shopping once a week, on Saturday. Somehow over the years, the way we’ve found for making our family life work involves making a menu of the week’s recipes, writing out all the ingredients we don’t have, adding to that any lunch box items, and random household items, and stuff that the kids need for school.

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