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November 11, 2017 - Dishonest Wealth

Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop

Scripture Readings

The Lord is hard at work teaching me how to ask for help more frequently.  I sat here reading the Gospel passage again and again trying to figure out what Jesus was saying.  He talked about dishonest wealth and I frankly had no idea what He meant, but I wanted to figure it out because the confounding part of Scripture seems to be the most appropriate part upon which to reflect.  So I read it a few more times and then, wham, it hit me!  Out from the recesses of my memory I was reminded that I own Scripture commentaries, so I turned to A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture for help.

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November 10, 2017 - Just a Little Good

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

Scripture Readings

One of my daughters' favorite books is Mercer Meyer's book Just a Little Sick.  In this book, Meyer's Little Critter is at home from school because he has a fever.  At first, he's very excited because he thinks being a little sick is fun: he can stay home and play.  But then he discovers that his mother's idea of what sick kids can do and his idea of what he can do when he's sick differ quite a bit.  And then he discovers that he's really not feeling so well, after all - certainly not well enough to play.  So by the book's end, he hopes that tomorrow, he'll be able to go back to school and play with his friends.  The Little Critter learns that being "just a little sick" is actually different from being wholly well, even if being "just a little sick" isn't quite as bad as being a lot sick.

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November 9, 2017 - Construction Crew

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Scripture Readings

Today we celebrate the dedication of the Church of St. John Lateran, so we have a treasure of temple readings. Buildings are symbols of community and institution. Buildings can be a physical reminder of the activities and mission of an organization. We sometimes forget that an empty building is meaningless. It only matters when it is used for its purpose. God’s word says you are fearfully and wonderfully made. What is your original purpose? What were you made for? 

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November 8, 2017 – Understanding Love

Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

After mass one day a parishioner asked me what would they need to do in order to be holy.  Having just heard the reading of the greatest commandment, I reminded them to love God with their whole heart, mind, and soul, and to love their neighbor.  This seemed to be answer to the question of that moment, but I could tell the person was looking for more.  It could be the person was hoping for a deeper understanding of what it means to love.

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November 7, 2017 - Will You Dine in The Kingdom Today?

Tuesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

The master invites all the people of means in his town to a great dinner party. The invited guests refuse the invitation citing excuses that don’t pass muster. In response, the master commands his servant to fill each seat at the table with people who live without means until there is no room for any of those who declined the invitation. This story challenges us to think about our relationship to the great feast that is the Kingdom of God in at least two ways.

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