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July 17, 2018 - Tales of Three Cities

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

It is interesting that in three readings before us today we are presented with three very different cities. One city looks to be bound for God’s harshest judgment. Another appears to be under imminent threat of attack. And the third is the very city of God. What might we learn as people of faith from these three cities? That is what I want to consider in this reflection.

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July 16, 2018 - Stay the Course

Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Today's passage from chapter 10 of Matthew's Gospel (Mt 10:34-11:1) is one that can easily be misunderstood. In fact, it has been used to point out the contradictions and/or defects in the teachings of Jesus. The fact is that belief in Jesus causes divisions…even in the strongest of families and between the closest of friends. Following Christ requires every ounce of grace that God provides in order to stay the course.

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July 15, 2018 - An Exorcist, Each One of Us

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

I was in a phone conversation with a couple last week. They believe that their home is possessed. At least one of the family members is convinced that a strange presence may be controlling this person. They gave me very vivid and strange imageries of things happening in the house. The terms they used most often was “darkness.” Knowing that they were not Catholic or that any of them were baptized, I invited them to meet with me so that I could know more about them before I went into their house to bless it. The family did not honor their appointment and I feel a little concerned. I made a phone call to find out, but they have not responded. It is not very rare for me receive requests for exorcism. Whenever I receive them, I am a little cautious but also bold. I am always remined of today’s gospel reading, where Jesus gave authority over unclean spirit to his apostles. Today’s gospel tells us that with faith in the authority that Christ gave them, “The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.”

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July 14, 2018 - Unclean Lips are corrected by God’s praise.

Memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, virgin

Scripture Readings

“Unclean!” We might associate this with the image of a leper traveling through a 1stcentury Jewish town or the dietary laws given through Moses. However, in today’s first reading we see Isaiah declaring his own lips and the lips of his people as unclean. What does this mean? I consulted a few resources. Came to no definite conclusion but thought that maybe I can offer just a few options. 

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July 13, 2013 - Responding to Those Who Do Not Like Us

Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings 

I know a lot of people these days who really don't like Christians; one study suggests that non-Christians associate Christians with being un-loving, intolerant, and uncivil.  These views are particularly cemented this year by the issues raised in this election year - about health care and contraception, immigration, and other issues associated with religious freedom.  So, how are we to respond, as lovers of Jesus Christ, who also seek to love our neighbors?

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