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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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September 18, 2017 - What Do We Deserve?

Monday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

As I was reading today’s gospel reading I was struck by the phrase “he deserves to have you do this.” This makes me wonder, “What do we deserve and do we always receive what we deserve?” As I look around at our nation and the world, I see people suffering from natural disasters, violence, poverty and war.  Do these people deserve this? In no way do I believe that God designs these circumstances because the people involved somehow deserve to be punished.  As we see so often from the life of Jesus, God’s vision is so far beyond our understanding and expectation. God is always ready to give us His love, grace and mercy.  This does not mean that our lives will be without difficulties, but it does mean we will always have what we need- God’s presence in our lives- if only we ask and believe. 

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September 17, 2016 - Forgiveness: What Goes Around, Comes Around

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Besides “Love one another, as I have loved you,” no other teaching of Jesus is more definitive of Christianity than his teaching on forgiveness. There are no ‘ifs’ and 'buts' attached to Jesus command to forgive. This makes the teaching of forgiveness challenging for the holiest of Christians. It is simple, it is straight, and it is uncompromising. Jesus’ parable of the unforgiving servant in today’s gospel reading ends with this saying, “So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.” As far as Christian spirituality is concerned, the unconditional demand for forgiveness is where the rubber hits the road. 

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September 16, 2017 - Missing the Point

Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

Scripture Readings

There was a young man who was at home when a friend ran by and said, “there is a flood, run and escape with me.”  The young man unmoved said, “God will save me” and went back inside his house.  Another friend came by in a rowboat and invited his friend get into his boat.  The man once again stated, “Do not worry God will save me.”  Finally a helicopter came by and tried to rescue this young man off the roof of his house.  Again the young man refused saying, “God will save me.”  Then the young man passed on and went to heaven.  In heaven he asked God, “Why did you not save me?”  God responded, “I sent a friend, a row boat and a helicopter.  What more do you want?”

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September 15, 2017 - Unworthy Disciples

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Scripture Readings

As a Lay Marianist and someone who works at an institution run by the Marianist order (the University of Dayton), today’s Gospel reading from John holds a lot of significance.  Vowed religious and members of the Marianist family across the world make an effort to say a prayer called the Three O’Clock prayer which recalls the imagery of Mary and John standing at the foot of the cross.  

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